Things we are not doing or indicate we are slip sliding away:
Space Station – Now this one may would think would not be on the top of the list, but it is the epitome of our slip sliding. Our grand investment in space is dependent on the Russians to get us there. You know, that Vladimir Putin who is invading Ukraine. Our short sided planning and failure to invest in the program has put us at the mercy of others and is model for every thing else we are doing.
Roads and Bridges – I think the Civil Engineering community gives the status of our roads and bridges a D-. It is like a leak in the roof of your house. You can’t afford not to fix it because it will just cost you much more later, yet we do nothing. Here is the way to create jobs and invest in tomorrow and we do nothing. Oh, wait, we will get the private sector to fund them and make them all toll roads, further restricting the poor and middle class who can’t afford to travel in the fast lane.
Rapid Transit and High Speed Rail – One of the more interesting study, unless you are a conservative and don’t believe in social science, shows that the poor and middle class do much better in areas where they can use mass transit to get to better paying jobs. And their income is my income and my income is their income so why wouldn’t we be making this investment. Did you know that even Mexico has a high speed rail and we don’t. Another great investment in our future that would provide high paying jobs and we do nothing.
Airports – Even Vice President Joe Bidden commented on the sorry state of our airports compared to other nations. We look like a “third world country”. Why is that? Why do other countries update their major transportation centers and we don’t. Can you say Republicans and be afraid of the debt, until of course we are all in the poor house because we did not invest in our future (except for the 1% who can fly out of their private airports). It is critical to our ability to compete and we do nothing.
Water Supply and Water Treatment – Our water supply is going to be tested as water is going to be the next gold rush and we do nothing. Some 80% of all water used in California comes from to some extent wells and yet nobody is managing the amount of pumping going on. Are we building more storage? Have we changed anything except to ration and wait for better times? Are we upgrading and expanding our facilities for the future? No, we do nothing.
Sewer and Gas Infrastructure – It is aging and failing and we do nothing. The future will take care of itself, right?
Global Warming Impacts – We deny global warming, or at least that is the litmus test for Republicans these days when the science is conclusive. We are already feeling its impacts and we can predict its future impacts. So have we done anything to meaningfully reduce carbon usage like a carbon tax? Have we done anything to start preparing our infrastructure for raising sea levels, more severe storms and tornados? We have all this science and we do nothing.
High Speed Internet Capacity – We have some of the worst internet capacity in the advanced world. It is critical to our ability to compete and new innovation. Are we doing anything about it. Well in this case we are! We are ending net neutrality and making the big boys that provide this more of a monopoly and stifling innovation. Why don’t we look at internet capacity as a utility and expand it and make us competitive with other countries? You know, start laying the fiber. What a job creator! Yet we do nothing.
I could go on and on. Let’s not forget about immigration, long term unemployment, investing in education, helping the poor, all of which would boast our economy and yet we do nothing. Also don’t forget how the Supremes have put more money into politics making all of us even more unequal, and moving toward denying a woman’s right to choose. Yesterday there was an article in the NYT about how Millennials had lost faith in the political process. They haven’t been paying attention as most Americans haven’t. It isn’t politics, it is Republicans.
Right now they (Republicans) are obsessing about Benghazi, not about have we fixed the problems with our security, but with finding a conspiracy in the White House. And they seem even less interested in looking into their lack of funding for adequate security. As Jon Stewart pointed out, they are wondering where the outrage is, and yet they had none in the real scandal of the Bush/Cheney War lies.
Oh, and don’t forget repealing Obamacare, cutting funds to study social sciences so we have data to support policies, and their budget continues more tax cuts, failure to invest in tomorrow, and pay for tax cuts with more cuts to the poor and taxes on the middle class. Oh, and don’t forget less regulation.
It is the Bush years all over again and Millennials are confused? They are brain dead along with the rest of America. Maybe we have all become Cliven Bundy, squirreled away in our ignorance. Their’s just looks more hip because they can hide in their culture of technological denial (buried in their IPhones while the country falls apart while they withdraw.
I get angry about this maybe because I grew up in the 60′s. Instead of hiding in their technology, kids got out into the street and demanded change. Things today are far worse and while the draft no longer personally affects these new kids on the block, they are being drafted into the destruction of our country by their inaction. Republicans are winning by turning them off by their obstructionism.
To think people are clueless about what where we are going if we elect more of this anti-intellectual, anti-science, anti-choice, budget cutters, is just mind blowing. Ask yourself this if you think your choice is more guns, less taxes, less regulation: How is that different from the road we are already on that you so dislike?