Europeans Poke Fun At US Infrastructure

The German newspaper, Der Spiegel, characterized America as possessing a “ramshackle infrastructure.” It cited studies by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) as noting in a 2005 report that 160,570 bridges were “structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.” It also indicated the American road system deserved the letter “D.”

During the past six years the United States found an extra $1 trillion to fight a war in Iraq, but has failed to allocate similar sums to its crumbling infrastructure. Europeans are making significant strides in developing high speed trains and tracks and overhauling their road systems while we spend money seeking weapons that do not exist. At some point in the coming years, an American president has to outline a long term program to overhaul an entire infrastructure even though the cost may well run into the trillions of dollars.