Crumbling Infrastructure?

by Don Boudreaux on September 7, 2010

in Myths and Fallacies, Reality Is Not Optional

Here’s some evidence that America’s transportation infrastructure isn’t “crumbling.”  (HT Aaron Merrill)

Note to the commentors who accuse me of being a mindless ideologue: because nearly all of what most people think of as “infrastructure” (things such as roads, bridges, harbors) are built and maintained by government, a true mindless libertarian ideologue would have no interest in defending the current state of infrastructure against the now-incessant charge that that infrastructure is “crumbling.”

Both the kind of evidence I link to above, as well as my realization that doomsaying plays inordinately well in the popular press and in the popular mind, contribute to my contention that the condition of infrastructure in the U.S. is nowhere near as bad as the popular press and popular mind simply assume it to be.

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