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The busiest street in my town is State Street. It's actually a state highway—Route 417—and it's divided into East and West sections. Even though it's a state highway, the city is responsible for maintaining it because it runs through the city. Tell me what planet that makes sense on.

Most of East State is three lanes of traffic: two eastbound, one westbound (with a fourth lane for parking on the westbound side). But this past winter potholed, cratered, cracked and crumbled the outside eastbound lane so severely that the city closed it (much to the probable chagrin of the people who sell tires, shock absorbers, springs and the like). The other two lanes of traffic fared barely better.

Here we are, approaching the end of June, and the lane remains closed for the foreseeable future. Finally, the message kicked in for me:

This is the new normal, the new face of America. There's no money to fix that street, replace that bridge, hire enough teachers so class sizes can be smaller, give more money to people on Social Security, feed the hungry, heal the sick, care for the mentally ill—and on and on. And like that closed lane of traffic, this new normal is with us for the foreseeable future.


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Jun. 22nd, 2011 04:06 am (UTC)
Depressingly true.
Jun. 23rd, 2011 02:19 am (UTC)
True, dat.
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