For all the talk of gloom and doom from people on one side of the political aisle because of the election of Trump as President, most people miss the bigger problems coming down the pike towards us. If the mainstream news media (which puts out a ton of fake news, by the way) would actually report on the problems that we’re going to talk about, a lot more people would at least be aware so that they can prepare.
The big problems which I am talking about are the infrastructure problems in the U.S. and the fact that the U.S. government is too broke to actually do something about them. Some people became aware of the issue with the concern about the failure of the Oroville Dam in California. In case you aren’t familiar with that situation, the Oroville Dam is taller than the Hoover Dam and plays a major part of the water supply in Southern California. Michael Snyder covers the scary details:
[I]t is being admitted that a collapse of the emergency spillway at Lake Oroville would have sent a “30-foot wall of water coming out of the lake” and into local communities. At one point authorities were concerned that such a collapse was imminent, and that is why they ordered the evacuation of nearly 200,000 people. But many are also concerned that more storms could ultimately cause a catastrophic failure of the infrastructure at the dam that would bring about a “worst case scenario”. According to the experts, if that were to occur we could potentially see a 100 foot tsunami of water wiping out entire cities.
Now, that’s a pretty scary situation for people living in California, but it’s not a problem that is unique to California. The infrastructure all across the U.S. is breaking down which threatens both commerce and lives, and neither the Federal government nor state governments are in a position to be able to pay to have it repaired. Just take a look at these other issues that you probably haven’t heard about (again from Michael Snyder):
#1 According to the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, nearly 56,000 bridges in the United States are currently “structurally deficient”. What makes that number even more chilling is the fact that vehicles cross those bridges a total of 185 million times a day.
#2 More than one out of every four bridges in the United States is more than 50 years old and “have never had major reconstruction work”.
#3 America does not have a single airport that is considered to be in the top 25 in the world.
#4 The average age of America’s dams is now 52 years.
#5 Not too long ago, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the condition of America’s dams a “D” grade.
#6 Overall, the American Society of Civil Engineers said that the condition of America’s infrastructure as a whole only gets a “D+” grade.
#7 Congestion on our highways costs Americans approximately 101 billion dollars a year in wasted fuel and time.
#8 According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, over two-thirds of our roads are “in dire need of repair or upgrades”.
#9 In order to completely fix all of our roads and bridges, it would take approximately 808 billion dollars.
#10 Federal spending on infrastructure has decreased by 9 percent over the past decade.
#11 According to Bloomberg, it is being projected “that by 2025, shortfalls in infrastructure investment will subtract as much as $3.9 trillion from U.S. gross domestic product.” (hat tip to here for the source)
Scary, isn’t it? What will the failure of this infrastructure mean for out water supply, our ability to conduct commerce and trade (if you can’t drive the roads, then you can’t deliver the goods), and, in some cases, our very lives?
And I’ll bet that you haven’t heard of any of those things on from the mainstream media (and they want to call sites that they don’t regulate (like this one) “fake news”).
Look, the situation is getting to the point of no turning back. No matter how optimistic that you are, you have to be realistic enough to realize that you need to start looking for ways now to take care of your family because there is a really good chance that difficult times are ahead.
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