Failing Infrastructure


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Shomudro Gupta, Staff

Infrastructure (such as dams, highways and bridges) is a critical, yet often overlooked facet of modern society. It is due to the fact that we take it for granted that it falls under disrepair one too many times. The fact that American infrastructure is crumbling in what should be the greatest nation on earth (in terms of economic development, scientific advancement and high standards of living) is asinine, to say the least. According to a 2017 report by the American Society of Civil Engineers, American infrastructure gets an overall GPA equivalent to a D+. Given that categories include hazardous waste, schools, roads, etc., The very fact that we’d be here all day discussing the abhorrent conditions of America’s infrastructure should be troubling. And the fact that there are numerous regulations limiting the development of infrastructure, infrastructure spending gets a minute trickle of money from the hog that is the Omnibus bill (while our hard-earned tax dollars go to worthless programs) and petty partisanship is keeping us from providing desperately needed overhauls of our tired roads, our weary pipes and our pooped ports, all I can do is just look on in dismay at how we have grown complacent as a society.