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The tragedy of the infrastructure bill is that it exposes how far America has fallen in its ability to even imagine achieving greatness.

In his remarks pushing the bill forward, President Biden compared the infrastructure bill to the Transcontinental Railroad and the Interstate Highway System. But making that direct comparison only drives home how feeble America’s ambitions have become as its decay worsens. Both of those projects were not merely large but dramatic undertakings, which radically remade the American life, turned a vast continent into an interconnected whole, and of course improved life substantially for ordinary people.

Nothing in this bill will do that. Here’s a couple examples of what this new infrastructure bill will buy you, the American taxpayer, and what a similar amount of money might buy you in America’s foremost rival, the People’s Republic of China. Read more…