The U.S. National Debt Clock (googled) is at $21,458 billion. The Republican majority recently laid another trillion or so on the clock and gave the money to wealthy people to prop up the stock market this year, probably so that much of the U.S. public would feel more optimistic in an election year.
The National Park Service isn’t going to have money to protect the public’s national parks. They’ll just have to charge outrageous fees and keep most of the proles out.
Next, the firefighting preventative budget is way down. Fire may be a natural part of the ecology, but a real country would be burning prescribed burns to pre-create fire lines in late fall about an hour before a big snowstorm moved in. Sorry, no money to protect your house and your kids.
Did I mention FEMA and Puerto Rico? A year later, something like 20,000 houses have no roofs, and they just got the electricity on (part of the time at least) throughout the colony.
We might as well look at other finance-driven impending disasters too. President Obama raided the Social Security trust fund by declaring a pointedly low social security tax one year. Your social security is still perfectly safe and the books all balance, said the bank robber walking out of the vault with a hand truck full of cash. They can always scream later that Social Security is going to go bankrupt and so we HAVE to do something. This was a rather bipartisan hand in grandma’s purse. Don’t worry, the Republicans are crueller than Obama at this.
Bridges? The government of Italy cheaped out badly. The U.S. isn’t that good with auto bridges. They’re really cheaping out everywhere on public transit, whenever they can steal money. Boston’s MBTA is half-collapsing these days.
Let me tell you about the Federal-State-Local shuffle. That’s where federally mandated financial obligations are downloaded by Congress onto states, then onto local communities. Then Congress can claim that they lowered your taxes and those evil states and local communities are to blame for all your grief. The net effect of dropping more and more burdens on local governments is that they go hog wild on local austerity. Not that many local governments aren’t corrupt too, and mortgaged right up to the hilt so that everybody can collapse at once. Puerto Rico is still bankrupt.
Flint, Michigan’s Republican state-appointed bankruptcy receivers found a novel way to save even more money - they gave lead poisoning to all the kids in town.