Long Island was a little bit of a miracle. It gave the city's homeless, young and old, a place to live, and a place to work, and some sense of order and dignity to their lives. And they got to raise some chickens.
And now it's gone, and those people are lost and bereft, because of one of the most baffling political problems that we have. Everybody knows the country's infrastructure is deteriorating at a steady and dangerous rate. Roads are pockmarked. Dams are cracking. Bridges, like the one to Long Island, are perilously close to falling apart beneath us. Almost nobody denies this. Gary Hart was talking about it in 19freaking84. And there are enough unemployed people out there in the country to create a new WPA that, given sufficient funds, we could solve a lot of these problems. To hell with light rail, we won't repair the problems we have. This isn't a partisan issue. If a bridge collapses, Republicans will not be able to defy gravity. They'll end up in the drink with the rest of us. And...we...simply...won't...do...it. The political process in the country will not allow it to happen. The political process in this country is an ass
America is done. Stick a fork in it - we can't solve any problems, anywhere.