A few months ago, I had a correspondence with a right-winger who earnestly informed me that Republicans were doing a grand job running individual states. Looking at how the governors of Wisconsin and Ohio are against high-speed rail, how the governor of New Jersey is opposed to a second rail tunnel from Manhattan and how Texas is now $25 billion in the hole, I’m not so sure he has a point about that.

Der Spiegel has a piece on the economic decline of America. Especially heartbreaking is the first picture, a large housing complex with only a few houses scattered here and there in it.

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