For some time now it’s been fashionable in Republican circles to describe tax cuts as a strategy for "starving the beast"–preventing government from growing by depriving it of the funds necessary to do so. The Minneapolis bridge disaster demonstrates the risk of this strategy: infrastructure gets ignored and eventually breaks down. And that sign telling you the local Kiwanis club has adopted a stretch of roadway assuredly does not mean club members are out there spreading macadam. So much for voluntary associations standing up once the public authorities have stood down.
The schools and culture and health-care parts of our infrastructure long since slid into the rising water–that same tide that was supposed to lift all boats–but it was harder to notice because there was no dramatic footage of the collapse.
Ask yourself how many of these catastrophes you’re prepared to see versus how many of them you’re prepared to pay taxes to prevent. I suspect you’ll discover that you’d rather feed the beast that lights your streets and puts out your fires and constructs your schools than leave it ravenous, with nothing to chew up but the people it’s supposed to be serving.