The Repairing Of America

Forgive us for sometimes feeling like Americans live in a Third World country. Planes don't take off or land on time. Electricity shortages plague business and consumers alike in California. And cell phones don't work nearly as well in the U.S. as they do in Europe, much less Korea, Hong Kong, and even parts of China. Then there's the image of ATM-savvy voters electing the President by poking holes in a paper ballot. What gives? Despite its vaunted high-tech prowess, America suffers from severe infrastructure problems that require immediate attention from policymakers. A deft mix of more government investment, privatization, deregulation, and better regulation can get the U.S. back to First World standards.

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