The basis for our economy and prosperity is our infrastructure. It is one of the ten planks of the Unified Platform. In the eighteenth and early nineteenth century wealth could not be massively accrued by individuals or corporations without a strong national infrastructure. Unfortunately with outsourcing and out of country tax havens, that is no longer true. The tragedy of our declining educational system, internet, power grid, roads, and bridges will take years to correct and we are already far behind other countries.
In five years, we might get the same trains that Europe had in the 1980s.The reason I have so many references is to show this is a steadily increasing trend that I continuously update. It is not a vanishing blip on the radar. Failure to deal with this trend will have disastrous consequences for the future.
What are some of the elements of the infrastructure on which we depend so much?
1-Education: Our public education system has produced great entrepreneurs and invention, but is now under serious attack. See references 1, 38, 95.
2-Internet: The United States ranks between 9th and 26th in internet speed, lagging also in access and reliability. Access is particularly worrisome as we migrate from internet neutrality towards a class based internet. The latter means less opportunity for entrepreneurs because the next generation of inventions would automatically be frozen out of top tier service. More importantly, it would freeze out independent reporting that is not available with the main stream media. See references 2-5, 43, 67, 68, 74, 78, 79, 94.
3-Post Office: See reference 20, 38, 52.
4-Power Grid and Renewable Energy: The power grid has been allowed to deteriorate greatly increasing unreliability and interruptions. Ever dwindling fossil fuels constantly increasing in price combined with more violent climate change means our ability to compete with other countries is steadily decreasing. See references 8-13, 91.
5-Roads, Bridges, Rail: More than lives are at stake here. Inefficient and delayed transportation costs the economy greatly. See references 14-19, 29, 35, 46, 48, 50, 51, 70, 71, 75, 81, 84, 85, 89, 90, 93.
6-Water: This should be a basic of any modern country, but it is not basic in the United States. See references 65, 66, 69, 76, 77, 87.
Where do we go from here?
First, we can stop hemorrhaging money for wars and tax breaks for rich and corporations unprecedented for the past century.
Second, as Point Ten of the Unified Platform says, "We support the establishment of a publicly funded infrastructure bank to capitalize large-scale physical projects and direct funding toward associated research and development.
Forty years of defunding the public sector has saddled America with an outdated and crumbling infrastructure. In all that time, the private sector has not stepped forward to remedy this steadily worsening reality. Contrast that with our heritage. From the Erie Canal to the Pony Express to the transcontinental railroad to the telegraph system to public education to air mail to the airlines to airports to the interstate highway system to the Internet, we have always invested in our infrastructure, which has consistently resulted in handsome benefits for our economy.
Since 2007, Congress has floated proposals for public-private capitalization of a national “infrastructure bank” to invest in energy, environmental, educational, telecommunications, transportation, and water systems infrastructure projects. Infrastructure investment of this type offers immediate job growth and sets the stage for long-term economic expansion, and we fully support its immediate institution.
Along with natural resources and the public airwaves, public infrastructure like education, highways, railways, electrical grids, water systems, and the Internet rightly belong to the commons and should be managed and allocated in the public interest, free from interference by corporate agendas."
2-Internet Speed In United States Lags Behind Many Countries, Highlighting Global Digital Divide
3-Slooooooooow: U.S. slips to 9th in Internet speed
4-South Korea's Internet Is About to Be 50 Times Faster Than Yours
5-US ranked 26th in global Internet speed, South Korea number one
6-America Is Declining at the Same Warp Speed That's Minting Billionaires and Destroying the Middle Class - Not a single U.S. city ranks among the world’s most livable cities.
7-2013 Report Card for America's Infrastructure
8-Bad news: The U.S. power grid is getting pricier, less reliable
9-DoD official: Vulnerability of U.S. electrical grid is a dire concern
10-Electric power transmission
11-U.S. Electrical Grid on the Edge of Failure
12-U.S. Electrical Grid Report Calls For More Spending; Cites Climate Change And Aging Infrastructure
13-Why the U.S. Power Grid's Days Are Numbered
14-Department of Transportation Bridge Conditions
15-Condition of U.S. Roads & Bridges
16-DANGER AHEAD: America’s bridges and roads crumbling, and the Highway Trust Fund is set to go broke in 2014
17-Highway Bridges: Conditions and the Federal/State Role
19-White House opens door to tolls on interstate highways, removing long-standing prohibition
20-The United States Postal Service is being set up to fail.
21-When public infrastructure goes private
22-Repair our crumbling infrastructure, produce good jobs
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25-Declining Infrastructure, Declining Civilization
27-Declining Transportation Infrastructure Is Affecting the Economy
28-Our Crumbling Infrastructure — Patch & Pray
29-Washington Bridge Collapse Points to Declining American Infrastructure
30-Crumbling Nation? US Infrastructure Gets a D
31-The Great Regression of America's Infrastructure
32-America's Infrastructure Engineering Dilemma
33-The American Decline: Infrastructure
34-Infrastructure Decay In The United States
35-Falling bridges and the decline of U.S. infrastructure spending
36-Are America's Best Days Behind Us?
38-Prisons, Post Offices and Public Schools: Some Things Should Not Be For Profit
39-Detroit as Bantustan: Wall Street’s Black Goons
40--How the Super-Rich Are Abandoning America, Leaving the Ship of State to Sink
41-The Superrich Don't Need Our Middle Class Infrastructure
42-Bankruptcy judge approves final revision of Detroit restructuring plan
43-Message to Broadband Providers: BULLS**T
44-Just How Broken Is America's Infrastructure? (video)
45-State banks would mean jobs, credit and investment: Why don’t we?
46-The Stealth Privatization of Pennsylvania's Bridges
47-Vermont Votes for Public Banking
48-Inside America's crumbling infrastructure: The country's aging roads and bridges badly need repair or replacement. But are we willing to pay the cost?
49-China Fast-Tracks $1 Trillion in Projects to Spur Growth
50-Falling apart: America's neglected infrastructure - Steve Kroft reports on why our roads, bridges, airports and rail are outdated and need to be fixed
51-Infrastructure advances in the rest-of-the-world will blow your mind.
52-USPS Will Begin Plant Closures Next Week
53-No One Should Have to Walk 21 Miles to Get to Work
54-Rebuilding Crumbling America Shouldn't Wait
55-India pledges infrastructure spending to help economy 'fly'
56-U.S. snoozes while rest of world invests in infrastructure
57-You Can't Have a Functioning Democracy Without High Quality Infrastructure
58-Michigan Is in the Midst of a “Massive Experiment in Unraveling U.S. Democracy” - The austerity-on-steroids measures currently taking place in Michigan may soon be coming to a state near you.
59-The Price We Pay for Conservative Scorn of Amtrak
60-Tomgram: Engelhardt, What Happened to War?
61-Why Congress Can't Solve America's Infrastructure Crisis
62-After Living in Norway, America Feels Backward. Here’s Why. - A crash course in social democracy.
63-America’s Coast-to-Coast Toxic Crisis - Flint, Michigan, has had many toxic crises before this one, and America has many Flints.
64-American mass transit is dying: Three of the four largest systems in the country have been crippled this winter — and the worst is yet to come
65-Another Town Just Got Caught Covering up Lead Contamination in Its Water Supply
66-Chris Hedges: Flint’s Crisis Is About More Than Water
67-Did Net Neutrality Kill Broadband Investment Like Comcast, AT&T, Verizon Said It Would?
68-Fast Internet is Chattanooga's New Locomotive
69-Fixing Our Broken Water Systems
70-It’s Time to Fix America’s Infrastructure. Here’s Where to Start
71-Nation with Crumbling Bridges and Roads Excited to Build Giant Wall
72-One County’s Global Warming Failure
73-Tomgram: Ann Jones, Social Democracy for Dummies
74-Why many low-income families have Internet access, but remain 'under-connected' - A new report released on Wednesday finds that while 94 percent of low and moderate income families have some type of Internet access, which they use for tasks from doing homework to paying bills, cost is still an issue despite some efforts by Internet providers to introduce affordable alternatives.
75-Study: 58,000 U.S. bridges found to be 'structurally deficient'
76-Tomgram: Rosner and Markowitz, Welcome to the United States of Flint
77-What We’re Reading About the Flint Crisis: The tragedy tells us a lot about America in 2016. Here are some key points.
78-Why AT&T's attempt to kill municipal broadband in Tenn. matters to all Americans
80-America’s Homegrown Terror - Plagued by poor infrastructure, climate denialism, and a patchwork of unregulated fracking wells and nuclear waste sites, the U.S. is poised to topple itself with self-inflicted wounds.
81-American mass transit is dying - Three of the four largest systems in the country have been crippled this winter — and the worst is yet to come
82-Bank of North Dakota Soars Despite Oil Bust: A Blueprint for California?
83-Navigating like a Norwegian: How Norway Dispels the Private vs Public Sector Myth - The balance between free markets and strong government
84-SC has paid $40 million since 2010 to settle road claims
85-What happened to America’s train system?
86-Opinion: Our crumbling infrastructure is hurting U.S. competitiveness
87-Detroit hits residents on water shut-offs as businesses slide
88-Understanding the Squeeze on Millennials
89-This is why public transportation in the US is crumbling
90-The U.S. is just pathetic on high-speed rail
91-The US is badly under-investing in electricity infrastructure
92-The US is finally fixing its terrible airports
93-In five years, we might get the same trains that Europe had in the 1980s.
94-New FCC chair just blocked 9 companies from providing affordable Internet to the poor
95-21st Century Detroit-style Power and Struggle: The Detroit Literacy Case
96-Chinese billionaire Jack Ma says the US wasted trillions on warfare instead of investing in infrastructure