Stop Bleating About Crumbling Infrastructure

In the local transportation sector, for example, the disgraceful condition of roads and streets in places like New York City and Philadelphia, for example, is owing to the fact that billions have been siphoned off by drastically overpaid union labor and deeply corrupted contract award process.

As shown below, nation wide highway spending has average between $80 and $85 billion since 2009 or about 25% higher in real terms than a decade earlier. Moreover, if the voters really want better roads and streets throughout the localities of the nation there is one simple solution: Raise the case tax and other user fees.

Stated differently, the proof is ultimately in the pudding. There is apparently nothing than Americans treasure more than their autos and the freedom to motor far and wide. If they can’t be persuaded to pay higher road taxes and tolls, then by definition there is not “shortage” of highway investment.

Finally, there is the mythology about crumbling bridges based on the occasional bridge failure that becomes a momentary cable news sensation, but is not representative of the actual facts. Indeed, the crumbling bridge myth deserves debunking especially because it has become a metaphor for the entire phony campaign for massive infrastructure spending and borrowing. I addressed this awhile back, but the points bear repeating:

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