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Monday, December 22, 2008
the roads must not roll
We're bailing out the auto industry AND planning to build lots of infrastructure (that is, roads and bridges). Isn't that great? The auto and road industries must be the bestest of the best!
Well, they're certainly awesome at killing people! Roughly 3000 a year in Canada, 30000 a year in the US. Even better, they kill indiscriminately: healthy men, women and children erased in an instant. Isn't progress awesome?
But at least roads get us places efficiently, and are free!
Except that they're usually a city's largest budget item, sucking billions of tax dollars up and smearing them on the ground as dark, oily asphalt that lasts a couple years and needs to be replaced. Want a concert hall? Sorry, have to build a road. Need a new library? Sorry, have to resurface a road. Such a beautiful thing, a strip of lifeless asphalt, we can never have enough! And the more we build, the more we have to maintain!
Let's all think about the great benefits an extra trillion dollars of 20th century infrastructure will bring us:
All Infrastructure Is Not Created Equal - Daily Kos - December 21, 2008