News Welcome to the Third World
posted by August 6 at 14:45 PMon
When the bridge collapsed in Minneapolis last week I thought, “Man, we’re a couple of bus plunges away from officially being a third world country.” Most of the other indicators are already in place: We’re ruled by the imbecilic son of our former ruler; our rich are obscenely wealthy and our poor are obscenely poor; giant corporations abuse consumers with absolute impunity; the Democrats refuse to do anything about predatory lending or payday loans or credit card companies…
Well, other parts of the world—the first world, of which we used to be a member—are starting to notice just how fucked up our country is. From the UK’s Independent…
You don’t have to visit this country for long to see how its transport infrastructure has deteriorated since the interstate system was built by Eisenhower in the Fifties. Never taken that pot-holed ride from JFK to Manhattan? Fasten your seatbelts for more turbulence. Or covered your ears in the screeching tunnels of the city’s antiquated subways? As for a cross-country ride on Amtrak, good luck.
Money here tends to flow towards items that make the pulse race. That would be elections, wars and that other national passion, sports. If there was a World Cup for baseball—rather than the so-called World Series in October which involves only the US and Canada - then finding decent venues would barely be a problem. Name a big city that doesn’t have a brand new, state of the art stadium it wants to show off.
Actually, that would be New York. But that is about to change. Its two major baseball teams, the Yankees and the Mets, are in deadly competition right now and not just to land places in the World Series play-off games this autumn. It’s about which of them can get their spanking new stadium finished first.
That’s right, while the Brooklyn Bridge gathers rust (yes, it is on the critical care list), somehow this city is building not one but two baseball stadiums barely six miles from each other.