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  •  Kristof had a column in (5+ / 0-)

    Sunday's NYT about the decline and decay of infrastructure in our national forests and parks.

    He said:

    What our ancestors were able to create when we were a poor country, we are unable to sustain even now that we are rich.  That's not because of resources.  It's because they were visionaries, and we are blind.

    Wallace Stegner called our national parks America's "best idea."  The sequester, which I would call "America's worst idea," was supposed to save money, but when sloping trails aren't maintained every year or two, they erode and require major repairs that cost even more.

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    All of this is symptomatic of a deeper disdain in some circles for the very idea of a public good....

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