I just finished driving Interstate I-95 from Washington to Myrtle Beach.
The condition of the road is an absolute disgrace to our nation.
In some places, the pot holes are so bad that they can cause accidents. I actually had my windshield cracked from road debris.
Why are our elected officials not funding the nation’s infrastructure?
We just returned from a European trip. We drove almost 3,000 miles in Italy, Croatia and Slovenia. Much of the driving was on toll roads.
To our surprise, all these roads were absolutely pristine. It was like driving on glass, not a pot hole anywhere.
Croatia’s average annual per capita income is about $ 10,000 per year. How can a country like that afford to maintain their infrastructure in such pristine condition?
Mind you, parts of Croatia receive as much snow in the winter as our Northwest. On Sunday, May17, the CBS news magazine “60 Minutes” had an expose describing the critical condition of the nation’s infrastructure and how it seriously affects the nation’s commerce and why it’s also a danger to the general public because of the possibility of bridges collapsing, and other hazards.
On April 29, Barry Ritholz wrote a piece for The Washington Post that said: “Get into your car and go for a drive just about anywhere in the U.S. You will be confronted by a transportation system desperately in need of a reboot…and the Highway Trust Fund will be broke in July.”
Since our elected officials do not have the spine to resolve this critical issue, I offer a solution: I recently read where China signed an agreement with Brazil to help them modernize and improve their infrastructure. China already owns the majority of our national debt. Why not let China do the same thing here?
They may do it; they already own much of our country.
The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.