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11 Deeply Alarming Facts About America’s Crumbling Infrastructure

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Traffic Jam Los Angeles - Photo by PrayitnoNo matter what your particular political perspective is, if there is one thing that virtually everyone in the United States can agree upon it is the fact that America’s infrastructure is crumbling.  Previous generations of Americans conquered an entire continent and erected the greatest system of infrastructure that the world had ever seen, but now thousands upon thousands of those extremely impressive infrastructure projects are decades old and in desperate need of repair or upgrading.  The near catastrophic failure of the Oroville Dam is a perfect example of what I am talking about.  We should be constructing the next generation of infrastructure projects for our children and our grandchildren, but instead we are in such sorry shape that we can’t even keep up with the maintenance and upkeep on the great infrastructure projects that have been handed down to us.

Once upon a time nobody on the entire planet could even come close to matching our infrastructure, but now our crumbling infrastructure has become a joke to much of the rest of the industrialized world.  Sadly, this is just another symptom of our long-term economic collapse.  We simply are not able to put as much of our money toward infrastructure as previous generations of Americans did, and as a result we have a giant mess on our hands.  The following are 11 deeply alarming facts about America’s crumbling infrastructure…

#1 According to the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, nearly 56,000 bridges in the United States are currently “structurally deficient”.  What makes that number even more chilling is the fact that vehicles cross those bridges a total of 185 million times a day.

#2 More than one out of every four bridges in the United States is more than 50 years old and “have never had major reconstruction work”.

#3 America does not have a single airport that is considered to be in the top 25 in the world.

#4 The average age of America’s dams is now 52 years.

#5 Not too long ago, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the condition of America’s dams a “D” grade.

#6 Overall, the American Society of Civil Engineers said that the condition of America’s infrastructure as a whole only gets a “D+” grade.

#7 Congestion on our highways costs Americans approximately 101 billion dollars a year in wasted fuel and time.

#8 According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, over two-thirds of our roads are “in dire need of repair or upgrades”.

#9 In order to completely fix all of our roads and bridges, it would take approximately 808 billion dollars.

#10 Federal spending on infrastructure has decreased by 9 percent over the past decade.

#11 According to Bloomberg, it is being projected “that by 2025, shortfalls in infrastructure investment will subtract as much as $3.9 trillion from U.S. gross domestic product.”

The quality of our infrastructure affects all of our lives every single day.  For instance, we all simply take it for granted that safe, clean drinking water is going to come out of our taps, but recent events have shown that is not necessarily always going to be the case.

Just ask the residents of Flint, Michigan.

Water pipes, sewer systems and water treatment facilities all over the nation are aging and are in desperate need of repair.  Of course the exact same thing could be said about our power grid.  It was never intended to handle so many people, and on the hottest days of the summer the strain on the grid is very evident.

And of course the power grid is exceedingly vulnerable to an electromagnetic pulse event, and this is something that I covered in my book on getting prepared.  It has been projected that it would only cost a couple billion dollars to harden the grid against an EMP event, but our politicians refuse to spend the money.

Meanwhile, President Trump is completely correct when he says that our airports look like something that you would see in a third world country.  Most of our airports are at least several decades old, and they are definitely showing their age.

But things are even worse when you look at other systems of mass transit around the country.  While other nations such as Japan and China are investing huge amounts of money into high speed rail, we are doing next to nothing even though what we currently have is absolutely pathetic.

I could go on and talk about our ports, schools, waterways, parks, etc. but I think that you get the point.

President Trump’s instincts are right on the money when he says that he wants to spend a trillion dollars on infrastructure.  Without a doubt, we desperately need it.

The problem is that we are flat broke.

We are 20 trillion dollars in debt, and we are adding more than a trillion dollars to that total every year.

So where are we going to get the money?

It is easy for liberals to say that we should raise taxes, but how much more are you going to squeeze out of U.S. consumers?  Two-thirds of the country is living paycheck to paycheck, and we just learned that U.S. household debt has risen to a grand total of 12.58 trillion dollars.

Once upon a time, America was the wealthiest nation on the entire planet and we could afford to construct bold, new infrastructure projects from sea to shining sea.

But today we have the biggest mountain of debt in the history of the world and we can’t even afford to repair what we already have.

When I speak of our long-term economic collapse, this is precisely the sort of thing that I am talking about.  We have clearly been in decline for a very long time, and anyone that would suggest otherwise is simply not being honest with you.

  • Jazz

    Jazz said S&P would hit 2300 boom we are there. Ya’ll didn’t listen! No economic collapse in sight. 2500 here we come. Buy buy buy!

    • Spatial Memory

      JazzZ did predict spx 2300 just ahead of sell off from 2130 down to 1800 range- then he vanished. LOL

      • Jazz

        Wrong again! Called it at S&P at 1900. Nice try small frie!

        • Spatial Memory

          When he returns, he will admit to it. His name was JazzZ and he never denied how inaccurate the predictions were- including his AAPL howls while it dove from 134 down to 92. LOL

      • Jazz

        Sorry you missed the 400+ rally. You must still be short the market bahahaha

  • Special Little Snowflake

    Yea it is pretty easy to say raise taxes. You raise them on the rich.

    • William Lutz

      Not even a handful of billionaires can cough up enough cash for infrastructure repair.

  • Horacio Puente

    Stop all the illegal wars, stop giving money to the banks and the Wall Street casino, then we can talk about America’s infrastructure.

    • socalbeachdude

      No money whatsoever is given to banks by the federal government nor is any given to Wall Street.

      • Horacio Puente

        Yeah, right.

  • Barry Goldwater

    Let me briefly elaborate on what my state is doing about crumbling highways.
    My state has had for years a gasoline tax in place specifically for the repair and building of highways. Over the years the legislature has repeatedly robbed the highway trust fund to pay for many other projects. Whether those projects were worthy or not this isn’t responsible governance.
    Today an effort is under way to raise the gasoline tax rather significantly for the same purposes as above.
    What will happen in the event this tax passes ?
    A few of the worst roads will be repaired, a few of the worst bridges will be repaired, some new highway projects will be completed and then when everyone has forgotten this tax the crooks in the capitol will return to spending it on whatever they fancy and the highway trust fund will be broke once again.
    I’m saying all this because this scenario is being played out all over America and it is us the American people who’re being robbed at every turn and then asked to cough up extra money to cover the criminals who run our government.
    We fail when we do not demand accountability from our leaders and unfortunately they’re aware Facebook and Beyoncé rank far higher in the publics focus than do the political hacks who’re ripping us off.

    • William Lutz

      The problem is that the highways are nationalized under a monopolistic bureaucracy. Hence, it’s no wonder our major roads are in decline. When you have a huge single entity in charge of something, you are asking for mayhem. The federal government is the most incompetent and unaccountable institution you can imagine.

      • Spatial Memory

        Obviously you’re not familiar with municipal bonds nor the Intermodal Surface Transportation Act of 1991 (ISTEA) whatsoever. Educate yourself. The hyperbole you post is ludicrous.

        • William Lutz

          Haven’t you heard about the National Highway System and Department of Transportation? Although public roads have some local oversight, they’re largely managed by the Feds.

          • Spatial Memory

            You’re on the right trajectory backpedaling from “nationalized” to “largely managed”….yet still ridiculously inaccurate.

          • socalbeachdude

            No, they most certainly are NOT.

          • William Lutz

            I meant A LOT of highways.

          • William Lutz

            Either way, I’m talking about the monopolistic state controlling the highway system. That’s my point here.

          • socalbeachdude

            Those things are STATE MATTERS.

      • socalbeachdude

        Only federal highways.

        • William Lutz

          That’s what I meant. Anyway, it doesn’t matter whether they’re managed at the state or federal level. The government has no business being the main central planner of our transportation ways.

          • socalbeachdude

            And just who do you propose should handle planning of ground transit?

    • tom

      Spot on! The monies collected must go into a dedicated fund that needs to be audited to ensure the money goes where promised. I live in Suffolk County, NY, we have been paying money for the upkeep and improvement of sewers. Several years back, our County Executive began dipping into these funds to pad the budget. His predecessor has done the same. Hundreds of millions of dollars! The County was allowed to use money from the Sewer Fund this year within its budget. This is the last year it can be done. There is a lawsuit pending that could force the County to refund the money. It’s currently borrowing and “one-shot revenuing”. What happens when they can no longer pad the budget AND pay back money it doesn’t have? I think the term “bankruptcy” will rear its head.

      • SnodtBlossom

        You’re such a dramaqueen
        My roads look good in Florida

      • There’s no such thing as a ‘dedicated fund’. Maybe we could try Al Gore’s Social Security ‘lock box’?

    • none

      Well, I don’t understand. The infrastructure worked perfectly good under President Obama.

  • William Lutz

    Yeah it’s a shame. Like I just said earlier, you can’t improve this nation without going deeper into debt. Repairs to our infrastructure will cost more than 1 trillion; you also have to take into account all of the new works that have to be created. Unfortunately, we simply don’t have the means to do so.

    It’s best to accelerate the collapse and get it over with. Trump has been fooling a lot of people with unrealistic objectives.

    • socalbeachdude

      Nothing new needs to be created at all.

      • William Lutz

        Yes. However, additional infrastructure is a great investment for prosperity.

        • socalbeachdude

          How so? Roads to NOWHERE? Really?

  • Spatial Memory

    FORTUNATELY, USA has the most innovative and efficient banking, finance, capital markets and ECONOMIC system. After thousands of dire warnings of imminent ecocollapses the author now transitions to ludicrous fiction of ditch diggers and construction collapsing theories. Too funny for words.

    • William Lutz

      Have you been drinking the Kool Aid? The reality out there contradicts what you claim.

      • Spatial Memory

        Sorry for your luck lol

    • socalbeachdude

      You’re not very bright are you?

      BlackRock’s Larry Fink sees ‘dark shadows’ in markets

      High consumer confidence and stock prices ‘horrifying’

      One chart that Fink calls “horrifying” is the climb of consumer confidence along with the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.07% reasoning that the time to buy stocks was when both the S&P 500 and consumer confidence were at lows, like in 2009. Now with both at highs, investors are saying, “Maybe you should be selling now,” he said.

      “I believe we’re in the midst of a slowdown as we speak, because of all the uncertainty,” he said.

      Additionally, if the promise of President Donald Trump’s pro-business policies get delayed — say, if it takes Congress a full year to get anything pushed through — then markets are ahead of themselves, Fink said.

      http://www.marketwatch.com/story/blackrocks-larry-fink-sees-dark-shadows-in-markets-2017-02-08

  • Bob

    Like you say Michael, with a 20 trillion dollar debt, most of the infrastructure will not receive repairs and maintenance. America slowly changes to a 3rd world country with dire poverty.

    • HE WILL NOT DIVIDE US

      The zinonist jooish bankers have gutted the country,

    • socalbeachdude

      Infrastructure is not a purpose of the federal government but is a STATE AND LOCAL MATTER and responsibility.

      • tacoma

        Precisely. That’s why $20T national debt has no bearing on infrastructure, except federal stuff. And except the military war machine, which is always fully funded. Now if only the states can go into long term debt like the fed, things will be swell. All the states have to do is to act like a EU country.

    • No Worries. Jesus our Lord In heaven will take care of it.

      Lets all wait for his second coming. He will built our roads as he has promised.

  • Kissmagrits

    Anybody watch President Donald Trump destroy the mainstream media in his press conference? LMFAO

  • Kissmagrits

    Alibaba’a Jack Ma Drops a Redpill in Davos: The U.S. Wasted $14 Trillion on Wars Over the Past 30 Years. He said the U.S. has wasted over $14 trillion in fighting wars over the past 30 years rather than investing in infrastructure at home.

    • socalbeachdude

      No extra money has been spent on “wars” over the past 30 years than what would have normally been spent with the US defense department spending.

  • Jerry

    Regarding taxes to pay for infrastructure, it need not fall on the 2/3 living pay check to pay check. Maybe the 1% who have reaped 95% of the income gains since the 2008 crash could help out. The 1% likely use a lot of that infrastructure (directly and indirectly) on a per capita basis.

    • socalbeachdude

      So, you want to “SOAK THE RICH?” The top 1% certainly do not use much of that infrastructure at all.

      • Jerry

        They definitely use airports more than the people who don’t have two nickles to rub together. Have you heard of first class?

        • socalbeachdude

          So? Airports are NOT FEDERAL facilities.

  • greanfinisher .

    Not all of the nation’s infrastructure is in dire need of repair. Some projects such as the Boulder Dam were built 81 years ago, and are still structurally sound.

  • L. A. McDonough

    Get a new WPA going and get these welfare bums out of the house, beer joints and streets, to work to repair the roads, bridges, dams, etc. These lazy bums need to work and get off welfare. If all this work needs doing there should be few welfare folks, like for elderly and handicapped.

    • socalbeachdude

      Not a single penny of federal funds should be spent on such nonsense. The US is already $20 trillion in debt and has no money to spend on that kind of stuff.

      • L. A. McDonough

        Make these sorry scum bums work for their welfare, a better idea! If not wpa, then cleaning the parks, sorting recycled items, mopping floors in other public areas like city hall , county buildings and hospitals, etc. Habitat for humanity projects, etc.

  • Judy Shewmake

    Correction on #9 – Scott Cahill (dam contractor, construction expert) when interviewed by Chris Martenson stated that President Trump has set aside $550B for infrastructure repair. He stated that we really need $2 Trillion to just bring the infrastructure up to acceptable standards.

    • SnodtBlossom

      Impeach President PigBastard T.Rump!!!

      • Thistle

        You are disgusting!! One day you WILL appreciate that he is in power. It’s little people like you who cause so much trouble.

      • Kissmagrits

        HILLARY CUNTON FOR ALCATRAZ 2017. LOCK HER UP, LOCK HER UP, LOCK HER UP.

    • socalbeachdude

      This is NOT A FEDERAL MATTER and the federal government should not be spending a single penny on infrastructure other than federal highways and any other properties that they own. The rest of it including bridges and damages and roads is a STATE AND LOCAL ISSUE.

      As to federal money, there is NO MONEY TO SET ASIDE as the US government is running a $1.4 trillion a year DEFICIT and the federal debt has spiraled upwards to just under $20 trillion.

  • littlebit43

    They are going to squeeze us til we burst. I pulled all of my bank statements for the last 11/2 yr. I done the math and found out my grocery bill has increased by 32.7%. This puts the whammy on us who are living on a set budget. My SS has gone down the last 3 years due to increased insurance payments thanks to figuring inflation by CPI while both my food and energy bills have gone up. But of course they don’t count. I guess we arn’t supposed to eat and use energy.

    • socalbeachdude

      Learn to be a savvy shopper. There have never been better bargains at lower prices than there are now.

      • littlebit43

        The small town I live in has two grocery stores. Both owned by the same company.

        • socalbeachdude

          So?

          • littlebit43

            So prices are controlled by one company.

          • socalbeachdude

            That doesn’t mean their prices are not reasonable and that they don’t have bargains just like everywhere else.

          • littlebit43

            And I take advantage of every one of them.

        • Orange Jean

          I’m sympathetic. A lot of it depends on where you live… my town is similar.

  • Guest

    I have to believe it’s being done by design.

  • Richard O. Mann

    Sounds a great deal like the end of the Roman Empire.

  • William Lutz

    The Bush Beanies accept the theory that 9/11 was solely carried out by Muslims as complete truth. They refuse to acknowledge that part of the US government might have also been involved.

    Even if Al Qaeda was the only culprit, it’s not reason enough to go to war.

  • tomtombeat

    Infrastructure in the NYC metro area is so decrepit and run down, it’s downright scary. The population of the US has increased by over 100 million people in say the last 35 years where the infrastructure, no matter how over-engineered it was when built, can handle the unfathomable amount of cars and trucks that run on them everyday. It really makes me sick. As much as I’m a Trump supporter, I can’t see how he’s going to get the infrastructure rebuilt with the opposition so intent on destroying him. We are done, folks.

    • socalbeachdude

      That is NOT A FEDERAL ISSUE but rather an issue for the State of New York to deal with.

  • Pete Okuhira

    America uncensored: crumbling infrastructures and the rise of the 3rd world United States. As pathetic as it gets, we the people of the United States would just party on all day (ex. New England Patriots winning the Super Bowl) and don’t give a rats about our infrastructures because we only care about our properties. Have a Nice day 🙂

  • Lisa

    Obama racked up trillions and trillions of dollars in national debt and they can’t find the money to fix America’s infrastructure. They are deliberately not fixing anything in this country because they know Russia and China are going to invade and kill everyone. The elite have their underground bunkers to go hide in for the next 20-50 years. Goodbye America!

    • Kissmagrits

      “Nailed it”

      • socalbeachdude

        Not.

        • Kissmagrits

          Still up ticking your comments I see. Get over yourself. Narcissist!

  • Donald

    We must get government out of the transportation and infrastructure business. We can build our own roads and bridges, and certainly don’t need government interfering with our lives in this manner. Give the land back to the people and stay out of our way!

    • Orange Jean

      I don’t think you’re aware of how much money the Federal government puts into transportation in the US… all freeways are owned by the Federal government, and all bridges which are part of any interstate as well.

      And most roads, bridges, and dams that are not Federally owned are owned by a local or state government. So that would be really difficult, probably a lot more than you are aware of.

      I have the impression the last time most of the roads and bridges where built by people other than some form of government was around in the 1700s.

      • Donald

        The federal government does not have any money. The federal government is $20 trillion in debt.

  • socalbeachdude

    There is no doubt that everything covered in this article is true, but for the most part this is NOT THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT but rather a state and local issue and that is where the blame goes for not maintaining this infrastructure.

    • Orange Jean

      It depends on who owns the road. Highways (i.e., the freeways) are owned by the Federal government vs. local roads which are owned by the local city, county or state.

      I worked for a number of years (albeit 30 yrs ago) as an environmental planner in CA. A lot of the work we did was as subcontrators for engineering firms that did road improvement projects. Almost all of those projects were funded by the Federal government and even some of the local road improvement projects on roads owned by state or local governments were at least partially funded by Federal monies. And ALL were a lot more expensive than they needed to be because of the exhaustive environmental regs the state of CA had passed. CA has a state EPA, which replaces the Federal EPA … except when Federal funds are involved.

  • socalbeachdude

    Those are NOT FEDERAL ISSUES and no federal money should be spent on infrastructure beyond projects owned by the federal government such as interstate highways.

  • rentslave

    Also,it takes forever to build a road or a bridge today.The replacement for the Wittpen Bridge over the Hackensack River will take ELEVEN years to complete.The entire NJ Turnpike was built in less than a year in the late 40’s.

  • Spatial Memory

    wasn’t just a British crisis: New York had a population of 100,000 horses producing around 2.5m pounds of manure a day.
    This problem came to a head when in 1894, The Times newspaper predicted… “In 50 years, every street in London will be buried under nine feet of manure.”
    This became known as the ‘Great Horse Manure Crisis of 1894’.
    The terrible situation was debated in 1898 at the world’s first international urban planning conference in New York, but no solution could be found. It seemed urban civilisation was doomed.

  • tacoma

    There is nothing to worry Michael.
    The crumbling infrastructure will be repaired as soon as they have crumbled.
    The states will cry at the fed for having no money, who will then issue more bonds for foreigners to buy.
    But of course America can always invite Chinese and Indian companies to come in to repair or build new ones at very attractive prices. Look what they have done in China and Dubai, which is largely built by Indian labor.

  • tacoma

    Iraq war cost $1.4T directly, and with indirect cost like veteran care and occupation troops over 15 years total cost about $2.8T by independent experts. But look at the returns: the region a complete mess as intended, a million people killed thus lowering cost to mankind. All kinds of terror groups began retaliations against U.S. and EU for bombing and screwing them. But they are available for use by Obama/CIA as proxy regime-change fighters without sending U.S. troops, thus saving America money and lives. Just look how happy things are in Syria. The Pentagon have been filling up their vast oil tap from certain Iraq oil fields which they took and never gave back (hush hush on this one). Such imperial war for glory and plunder is fully worth the cost, if you are one of them. And there are still a whole lot of them running the show in the Beltway. Why just look what they have done to Trump is mere weeks.

  • Duke of Duval

    While infrastructure is aging, one should remember that the persons most stressing and quantifying the need are those to whom the monies will flow in reconstruction. Remember how high school football coaches make the case for a new stadium by lamenting the imagined deficiencies of the old.

  • GSOB

    It is time for the Jetsons type of flying cars and infrastructure.

  • The Mexican

    i am a Mexican i can fix your crappy roads for 300 dollars/month, or my friend JOE who is an American want 8000$? tell me…

    • Orange Jean

      Perhaps you should go back and fix Mexico’s crappy roads then.

      I spent about 10 days back around 1998 in Mexico visiting a friend and was not impressed their roads. And other than the toll roads I was told most roads are very dangerous, in terms of bandits.

      The toll roads are safer and in better shape… but I almost had a heart attack when I used the rest room and came out to see a guy with a machine gun at the door. He was getting ready to change the toilet paper as soon as I left.

  • mar1950

    No $ for roads and bridges because we have occupy half the rest of the world.

    • socalbeachdude

      Those things except for federal interstate highways are NONE OF THE BUSINESS of the US federal government.

  • davegrille

    Government is not constituted to take care heavy maintenance.

  • Progressive Republican

    This is what happens when one political philosophy is in power and gets things done, then the other gains control and takes the credit while refusing to do any maintenance and shifting (lying about) the blame.

    • socalbeachdude

      Huh?

      • Progressive Republican

        Another splendid display of your oiled-teflon grasp of reality.

  • Orange Jean

    Seems to me that the more BLUE the state, the worse shape the roads are in… wonder why that is? That even includes the freeways….

    A few years ago I took a trip from southern VA to Maine and back. The absolute worse roads were portions of I-295 in VA, the interstate (I-95 and I-495) in MA. The best roads were in NH, which doesn’t even have income tax… not sure how they pay of it. But if you drive from NH to MA, the minute you cross over the state line into MA… all road hell brakes lose! And when I drove on the local roads around Boston that was horrible as well. The roads in Belmont MA (where I used to live, and a wealthy enough town… Mitt Romney lived there for years)… were crumbling apart.

    By the end of the trip I had to replace all 4 tires!

  • I lived in a Colorado county that spent the most per capita on K-12 education and yet had the lowest test scores in the state. I finally decided to sell my properties and move on when the District passed a bond levy, saying it couldn’t afford to put on new tires or even change oil on the school buses (not kidding).

    School roofs were leaking badly and had caused a lot of damage and deferred maintenance in general made for a horrible condition. All the money had been spent on stuff like ‘open classrooms’ and ‘pleasing pastels’, only to have to put the walls back up and repaint when that whole fad died out among ‘educators’.

    The situation at the Oroville Dam was no different. This was a normal maintenance issue that had been identified years earlier, the cost of repairs estimated at $11 million. Instead, Governor Brown had cheap, sloppy, inappropriate repairs made and now the State faces more than $200 million for real repairs.

    This is how government works (or doesn’t), so don’t try your warm & fuzzy nonsense on how Trump is going to go on an unprecedented deficit spending binge and ‘Make America Great Again’ by enriching already bloated contracting oligarchs. Had enough of this BS already!

    • socalbeachdude

      The situation with the Oroville Dam 12 years ago was not a “normal maintenance issue” at all but rather a radical redesign of the dam’s emergency spillway which was deemed to be unnecessary by all of those who carefully reviewed the situation at the time.

  • Schteven

    “Rough as an Oregon road,” as they say.

    It’s true for the roads and the women in Oregon.

  • not me

    In order to completely fix all of our roads and bridges, it would take approximately 808 billion dollars? And how much did they give the banks?

    • socalbeachdude

      The banks GOT ABSOLUTELY ZERO in the way of any money given to them and then got HIT WITH MORE THAN $100 BILLION IN FINES.

  • Charles Winter

    Things would have been a lot cheaper if we had just followed through on President Obama’s infrastructure plan, but now we have to really bite the bullet. That should mean significantly higher taxes on the biggest beneficiaries of our recent economic growth, but under the GOP it will likely mean taking even more money from the poor. Sad.

    • socalbeachdude

      Laughably false.

  • Priszilla

    I reckon buying more guns and missiles won’t help much.

  • James

    In the grand, long-term of things. We, as a planet, need to stop sucking every bit of resource we can find to keep up our very expensive, environmentally destructive lifestyle going. Our primary focus should be moving away from taking everything from the Earth and start giving back. We should remember that Earth is the only place we know for sure that can support humans and its other living beings. Once we destroy that, we will cease to exist. I sincerely hope that the oil becomes so expensive along with other non-renewable resources, that we wake up and realize that we can’t exist without our planet being in a healthy state. We keep legislating laws and rules that supposedly will make the Earth healthy again, only to have the public and politicians vote out or modify the very laws we need to change the way we live. We need to wake up.

    • socalbeachdude

      Where do you come up with such utter nonsense? The earth is doing just fine and there is no such thing as a “healthy state” for earth. Helllooooo?

  • BUSCEDGUE

    Michael you are the BEST! I wonder if President Trump will stop sending the billions of dollars to other countries and organizations around the world, a few years of not spending on other nations would save us sooooooooo much money. There is no need to increase taxes just keep the money I send the government every year HERE. And anyone who knows anything knows that the way to spur on the economy is to lower taxes so we have more to spend and more businesses start up and everything gets better. THIS NEVER IF EVER HAPPENS IN COMMUNIST/SOCIALIST COUNTRIES.The favored child of socialism in South America is a prime example of how WONDERFUL socialism is.

  • Bruce

    Amtrak is a total and complete joke. It’s on time rating is about 20%, that’s pathetic! Amtrak owns very little track most of it is leased from freight railroads. The tickets prices are ridiculous compared to flying it is about the same or in some cases cheaper to fly. If it wasn’t for the fear of flying by so many I’d say that Amtrak wouldn’t even exist! Amtrak is supported by the U. S. Gov and is a total money dump. Supposedly it is a corporation yet it’s road vehicles have federal government tags. It’s claim to being a private corporation is a false flag. What private corporation do you know of that gets a federal check every year?

  • Gay Veteran

    gee, maybe we shouldn’t have wasted $TRILLIONS on war

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