Meanwhile, a country that once amazed the world with its visionary investments in transportation, from the Erie Canal to the Interstate Highway System, is now in the process of unpaving itself: in a number of states, local governments are breaking up roads they can no longer afford to maintain, and returning them to gravel.
In effect, a large part of our political class is showing its priorities: given the choice between asking the richest 2 percent or so of Americans to go back to paying the tax rates they paid during the Clinton-era boom, or allowing the nation s foundations to crumble literally in the case of roads, figuratively in the case of education they re choosing the latter.
From Op-Ed Columnist - America Goes Dark - NYTimes.com
Sad but true. This is what happens when the right-wing is allowed to undo the 20th century.