Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Something We Haven't Seen Much Lately
I can remember back when I was blogging the first few years of our decline right after the financial crisis hit in 08 that the crumbling infrastructure was a huge problem and in the news all the time. Since then I know regionally there has been quite a bit of money thrown at the problem, especially around 2010 and 2011. Some of the regional highways around here received some serious patch jobs and upgrades/resurface jobs and a couple of bridges got a new coat of paint but really there was no new or totally rebuilt construction to speak of. Just patch jobs and quick fixes.
I can only assume the rest of the nation followed that same path more or less. I know the state maintained highway that runs in front of the Small-Hold used to get a resurface job every three years without fail and the local county gravel roads got a new layer of gravel every year. It has now been over five years since either has happened however as the state has switched to just patching potholes every other year and the county has resorted to basically the same thing by selectively putting down new gravel in small areas.
While the Golfer in Chief is preaching "shovel ready infrastructure projects" in Minnesota today things seem eerily reminiscent of the Stimulus package days don't they? The semi-permanent patches and quick fixes they did so most of that money could go to their Liberal playground accounts are breaking down once again.
Potholes devour municipal budgets
It's simply a matter of time. The infrastructure especially has been collapsing at the edges for years as gravel roads are allowed to disappear and paved roads are chewed up into gravel or allowed to become a pot hole/patched mess .
As usual the Liberals squandered the money on their own pet projects that never show a return and now we are basically back to where we started. This time however they may find it a bit harder to come up with the cash and my bet is it will need to have an approved target before it goes out.
The real question is how will we as preppers deal with this changing situation? Longer trip times and closer scrutiny of our vehicle preps will be in order and making damned sure we have a good spare tire and jack on board at all times is a must. Emergency cold weather gear along with food and water is also mandatory.
My sense is the roads, bridges and other infrastructure are going to begin declining more swiftly especially after this harsh Winter. Be ready.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!