It's becoming obvious that the Republican goal for America is to turn us into a country with very low taxes, potholed roads, dangerous bridges, slow trains, and shabby cities - and they seem to have plenty of support for this vision in the red state (aka "places no one wants to visit").
...Civil engineers in every state are monitoring ominous cracks in roads and bridges that carry freight and school buses. And millions of transit commuters are awaiting new equipment and long-deferred maintenance on systems that are reliable only when the sun is shining.
The need for investment in public works, never more urgent, has become a casualty of Washington’s ideological wars. Republicans were once reliable partners in this kind of necessary spending. But since President Obama spent about 12 percent of the 2009 stimulus on transportation, energy and other infrastructure programs, Republicans have made it a policy to demonize these kinds of investments.
When the president asked recently for a modest $50 billion for transportation improvements in the “fiscal cliff” talks, Republicans literally laughed out loud. There will be no stimulus in any deal, said Representative Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania, the incoming chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
The Republican Party no longer cares about what's good for America. They are a party of the wealthy who have lost control of their base. Their base cares only about guns and tax cuts, intent on strangling government at every level, insanely pissed at anyone who makes more than them, and making sure cities decay and their inner cities slump into sewers of poverty. This is a mean-spirited bunch and the voters in the blue and purple states are beginning to gag at the thought of having to live in a Republican-led nation. I was stunned at the numbers in my blue county - where Democrats were sure to win every race - who showed up for early voting and stood in line for more than an hour to vote overwhelmingly for Obama because we were pissed at the lies and arrogance of the Republican candidate and wanted our votes to show it.
I don't know whether the tea party/GOP/libertarians don't mind if America becomes a national slum just as long as taxes are low and government has no more authority than a wet napkin, or whether they believe that WalMart and GE will step in and build our bridges and pave our roads out of the goodness of their hearts. Are they selfish or just stupid? Does it matter?