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Barry Ritholtz

A Tax Deal That Fixes U.S. Roads?

Democrats and Republicans might get what they want.
A commentary on U.S. infrastructure.

A commentary on U.S. infrastructure.

Photographer: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images

My wife leaves for work earlier than I do, giving her first choice of which car to drive. She has a longer drive than my three-minute jaunt to the train station, so I don’t mind. That often means I get the rear-wheel drive convertible in the snowy winter months, and the all-wheel drive Jeep in the summer. 

But recently she keeps taking the bouncy Orange Crush Rubicon. The reason? The broken roads and potholes make the tight suspension of the BMW a horror to drive, despite the fair-weather retractable hardtop.