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Stuart G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 07:16 PM
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Cover Story..in Newsweek, August 2, 1982...
Edited on Mon Apr-25-11 07:21 PM by Stuart G
-- cover showing a cracking damn, water coming through,...this is writtin on the side of the damn, drapped with an American Flag with water streaming through.. .."NEWSWEEK" "The Decaying of America..Our Damns Bridges, Roads and Water Systems are Rapidly Falling Apart"

synopsis of cover story below from table of contents. ..no link on internet
America's Decay


"America's infrastructure--the vast vital network of roads, bridges, sewers,rails and mass-transit systems that sustained the nation's growth--is heading toward collapse..Old age and neglect are the main reasons compounded by inefficient pork-barrel funding and corruption in public works. The cost of needed repairs will be astronomial: an estimated 3 trillion (this was written in l982) But the cost of doing nothing could be even worse, threatening future growth and human lives."

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I found this article tonite. I had saved it from my teaching days..about 29 years ago..
.. I almost started tcry. In almost 30 years, little progress. Now improving infrastructure is totally on the back burner, we are trying to save medicare, social security and fighting 3 wars. l982 was the start of what?? .. look now..

I wish there were some way to show this cover. and publish the entire article.
Oh, I just realized,...
probably somewhere, you can find a copy in a place called a library..If they still have a collection. Some do.
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HysteryDiagnosis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 07:18 PM
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1. What do we need bridges for when we have a seemingly unlimited supply of
drones to deliver our exports??
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derby378 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 07:22 PM
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2. I have a feeling it's gonna get worse before it gets better
The Democrats had a golden opportunity to cement control of the House for the next 40 years in 2009-2010. And they blew it.
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Stuart G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 07:26 PM
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3. You are correct, it is going to get much worse..how many lives
will be lost cause our country would not put good people back to worse fixing roads, bridges and building high speed rail.
Hell, some states don't want to use the money that is available. Unreal.
And road and bridge workers could use the money and get it into circulation to improve the economy.
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RKP5637 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 07:35 PM
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5. This country absolutely squanders the talent and potential of this country. If leaders of
the past had conducted affairs as our leaders do now, we would all still be plowing the fields. One looks at the really major accomplishments over the past 100 years, and now we have this F'en mess. Our number one priority is waging war and supporting the MIC.

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RKP5637 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 07:29 PM
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4. They certainly did. The democrats IMO are often their own worst enemy. I watched
Edited on Mon Apr-25-11 07:31 PM by RKP5637
during the healthcare debacle, for one example, and all I could think was you guys are arguing and bringing down things worst than the republicans. Rather than lining up behind orchestrated initiatives, they splintered up all over the place. I can think of other examples too, but I'll stop here. In short they absolutely blew the majorities we handed them. I'll stop here, I really get really really PO'ed with it all.

There should be huge initiatives going on now with rebuilding the infrastructure. There should be huge initiatives to get free of oil. There should be huge initiatives to bring zillions of cheap electric cars to market, and a host of other stuff. All I wonder is WTF.

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peacetalksforall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 07:53 PM
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6. Some of us won't have to worry about crossing bridges in our own cars, but we should carry
a list of bridges that do get fixed so we know which ones we can live under.
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Citizen Worker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 08:03 PM
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7. Just minutes ago I was thinking the same thing. This nation has not progressed one bit in the last
30 years. Meanwhile the republicons have been busy dismantling the social infrastructure while allowing the physical infrastructure to slowly decay. The democrats haven't done much better with Bill Clinton accelerating the decline of workers with the passage of NAFTA, GATT, WTO and other slave trade agreements. And when we manage to stop the republicons from further evisceration of the social safety net we think we've actually won something. We're being whipsawed between the two political parties and we need to wake up to that fact before it's too late.
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Moostache Donating Member (905 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 01:12 AM
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8. It already IS too late....minimizing dammage is the key now.
Social Security in 1999 had a chance to be made 100% solvent for the effective lifespans of everyone born in the 21st century. Gore was mocked and ridiculed for the "lock box" meme, but it would have repayed the missing IUOs from the Treasury and it would have made the program exactly what it started out as - a safety net for the population as it ages.

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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 09:06 AM
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9. R's don't give a dam how much damnage they do. nt
;)
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