2. One thing that won't get fixed is infrastructure. Ever since the 80s, anyone who calls for roads, bridges, and dams to be built or even maintained are branded as pork barrel swine, and derided for building "roads to nowhere". As infrastructure degrades, a rise in vehicle maintenance costs will make shipping more expensive, which in turn will mean reduced revenues, which means LESS money for road repairs, etc. It also means more pollution and less power, as dams are forced out of use due to cracks, etc. This spiral, incidentally, has a bottom. That bottom involves local-only traffic and the reintroduction of animal powered vehicles. Don't laugh, we're almost there now in many places.
Note: Texas has just announced that it is converting many of its rural roads to gravel, because it can't or won't spend the money to repair/maintain the existing roads.
Oh yessir, I saw that.
The long slow slide is well underway.
I'm still waiting for a catastrophic dam failure.
“I’m guessing it was January 2007, a meeting in Bethesda, we got a bag of bees and just started smashing them on the desk,” Charles Wick said. “It was very complicated.”
“People get used to anything. The less you think about your oppression, the more your tolerance for it grows. After a while, people just think oppression is the normal state of things. But to become free, you have to be acutely aware of being a slave.”
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