The always excellent David Lindsay on Great Britain's winters and the need for infrastructure investment. For all the right-wingers that hate government spending but always complain about the lack of snowplows, the ruined roads, the lack of alternatives to automobile transportation, and price gouging by private utility companies, all I have to say is you get what you pay for. You can't have the benefits of a modern, advanced country and not want to pay for it. The result of this sort of thinking is the current deficit.
In the United States, Ronald Reagan was the man who started the "have your cake and eat it too" philosophy that has been so attractive to American conservative voters. Americans need to realize that if we want to have good public infrastructure (as opposed to private infrastructure owned by private price gougers) they need to pay for it with taxes.