America’s crumbling infrastructure: It’s not a sexy problem, but it is a scary one.
NEWSFLASH: According to this episode, flying in an aircraft may actually be safer than driving through Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. *EDIT*, *I meant to say safer than flying in planes piloted by suicidal/homicidal copilots.*
Two days ago I played GeoGuessr with friends when a picture of a road across praerie came up. “Looks like states”. “No, check out the electrified railroad on the side, that is too high tech for US, it would be rather Turkey, Iran or China.” We clicked Turkey. It was South Africa.
America’s gas prices are so low compared to European countries! Remember that currently our gas price is €1.519 per litre. *PER LITRE!*
That chewing bubblegum quote flew over a lot of people’s heads lol
Immediately thought of you, Tim:
As a European, driving in America is a curious experience. It’s like driving through the worst parts of Eastern Europe 40 years ago, but generally with a better view, in a very loose-fitting car.
I wish politicians (and not just US politicians) had the clarity of vision that John Oliver has on certain issues…
For once we’d have a legitimate bitch about paying our DAMn taxes!!! Some have suggested a damn tax, most likely the only way it will get done, but not to fix whatever with the money, to FIX ONLY DAMS, BRIDGES, HIGHWAYS, WATER & SEWER WORKS…the NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE!!! w/our DAMN TAX MONEY!! That’s one of the big reasons I thought we paid our DAMN taxes! Not to pay the wealthy to be a full time campaigning congress. They only legislating part-time making custom laws and loopholes for billionaire corporate lobbyists & businesses(their campaign contributors),while ignoring the safety, heath & well being of the constitutes who elected them (*except for the photo opportunities & sound-bytes around election time!). It will take a dam catastrophe, or some other horrible infrastructure disaster where too many citizens needlessly die before the Congress or the White House do anything about it (it’s a going-straight-to-hell shame!). What a racket!
*May 31st* is the deadline for the government to renew funding for maintaining our highways.
Funding infrastructure is Socialism
Oh this is so good about soooo bad, pathetic, and reprehensible to all humans everywhere, Capitalism. The problem: there’s no profit in maintenance. Hello. It’s the people taking care of their property and the fn’g corp/%1’ters see no profit from regular trustworthy maint Not long ago, because they corralled the insurance cartel to secure a limit on such suits, means low bidding and highprofits who cares about safety, except to privatize it. And pursue bigger gains in spite of the fact they may travel by such means and forms exposing themselves and loved (sic) ones to unnecessary accidents or worse…We should also nationalize Transportation.
Yes, USA needs funds, how about going to get the fucking money they use on WAR? Those trillion dollars used on weapons and wars. America is in the hands of fucking retards. And so is this world.
Legalize pot and tax the shit out it.
Of course no one would call in to that show saying they want a gas tax increase. Every tax increase gets squandered. If we knew it would be devoted to actual infrastructure improvements, unlike say the “shovel-ready jobs” program, then we might support it. But it’s unlikely. And it’s impossible that, even if it was put toward true infrastructure maintenance, that it would be done efficiently. I think this guy, John Oliver, is very naive.
Can somebody explain to me the joke about Bill Cosby and the reaction?
I have 2 Uncles and a retired grandfather who were or are all civil engineers for the state of California: We should all be VERY scared. In many cases, it’s not just “dangerous,” but inevitable. I doubt it is the only state in which this is the case.
I just stumbled upon John Oliver’s surprisingly insightful definition of ‘infrastructure’: anything that can be destroyed in an action movie.
If local governments would stop redirecting tax revenue from our road funds to satisfy central planners’ efforts to build lightrail and other wasteful mass transit we wouldn’t have a problem. Progressivism is to blame.
I seriously don’t see a problem with that. if the US people want to drive on shitty roads and die while driving under or on a bridge OR get flooded because some dam broke, then that’s their choice.
It’s a democracy, people are allowed to turn their country into a shithole, have been doing that for 50+ years now.
Where do they get the money for all these big-name cameos?
love the duke nukem reference
We really need to bring back the tax on the 1% why do they make the most and not pay any taxes? A lot of billionaires are even behind this, the ones that aren’t crazy at least.
… Americans think their gas prices are high? Wtf?
“That upside-down piece of candy corn with a wig” is the best description of Trump I’ve yet heard
there’s too many taxes already. how about instead of taking the money out of we citizens, we tax our ‘representatives’? say, 100%? they can just keep making their livings off of speaking engagements and insider trading.
Texas alone spends 3.3 billion dollars a year on prison inmates. Look it up. And this doesn’t include paying the police, courthouses, judges. Don’t the Bushes live in Texas? Why aren’t they in jail. Before Bush’s Sadam Husain war there was sanctiones for ten years against Iraq which killed more than 1.8 million children under the age of 5. from starvation and lack of medicine and a host of other items that the US wouldn’t let the children in Iraq have. Shouldn’t Bush at least get a slap on the wrist? So someone grows a weed in his yard, dries it, rolls it in a cigarette paper and smokes it. AND THE COPS TAKE HIM OFF TO JAIL FOR THAT? There is just something so seriously wrong, broken about that. The same judges that send a kid to juvenile detention for that goes home and sits watching TV with a cigarette in one hand and a whisky in the other. Don’t you see? You’ve gotten so used to the abuse that you don’t question anything anymore. I said this before on youtube. I was arrested by officer Ray Haar lll in S FL. for having 3 xanax tablets, prescribed by my doctor for anxiety, in a little key chain bottle. The cop took my wallet. Could he have found my doctors business card in the wallet and given him a call. Sure. But then he would’nt have made an arrest. I imagine that if cops don’t arrest people they get fired. Maybe you are saying “poor little you.” But if I didn’t know I was doing anything wrong, something just as stupid as this could put YOU in jail. I experienced hurricane andrew in 92. Devastated my world. But that was something inevitable. Police every day on the news traumatizing Americans just to make an arrest, that gets the state money to pay more cops and put more people in jail. America has more people in jail than any other country in the world. The whole thing stinks. Ask me after the world wars and I’d say that I was proud to be an American. Massacring mass populations with nuclear bombs was the start of the decline. And now when I meet a foreigner here, I tell them, no I’m a Canadian, not an American.
12:36 “If gas prices go back up, we’ll be stuck with super high prices” LMAO thanks for sharing bruh
I feel that the US has too many politicians. They need to cut down the number of people in authority or things aren’t gonna reach a decision quickly.
Trillions of dollars spent on a futile and failed war < Infrastructure?
use some of the lottery mony,we all know its not going to schools
Fair report. And the Infrastructure ad was *awesome*. 🙂 Makes me want to inspect bridges, draw boring structural diagrams, file plans, etc…
Actor: We *need* to file plans and avert catastrophe! Then wait 3-6 months for meetings, budget approval, etc. SIGH…just not sexy man
i just thought of something that MIGHT help with this issue… take the money OUT of the sport stadiums and put it into the roads and other things we actually NEED.
The Tappan Zee bridge is being replaced currently. The replacement bridge is directly next to it so you can see how construction is going while you’re driving on the Tappan Zee.
I only came to see Trump :D
I hope these videos make a difference.
I’d watch that!
Where is your tax money? It’s in iraq you dumb fuck war lords.
Here is an entirely other suggestion: charge for infrastructure through USER FEES!
What an incongruous idea… it works for 100% of every useful function of society that is actually essential, say, FOOD!
No one trusts government with producing food. All governments systematically fail at producing food. See Venezuela right now – they are STARVING, down there.
Food production is the EASIEST thing in the world. Humanity has been doing it since our existence. Until a government touches it.
So why would anyone imagine that governments can manage infrastructure?
A pothole almost got me killed. It was huge and a guy was walking on the side of the road, the other side had cars speeding by. A car was on my ass and when I slowed down they didn’t slow down. I tried to move but ended up hitting one wheel and it blew up. I drove for half a mile down hill, no place to stop with the steering wheel turn all the way. Trust me one side had a cliff, the otherside cars and a rock wall. When I could stop and see the tire it was ripped in half and the rim was getting bend. It was scary. Then the next day I hit it with my dad car, I hate that hole and wish I could see in the dark that time. I didn’t remember were on the road it was because I first saw it in the day, then had to bring friends back home around 11. I called the city but it took a month but they filled a tiny one down the road in a week.
And in my country people bitch every time a local politician manages to get roads repaired, because “oh a hole, so what, I need to take a detour to work now!”
Bernie Sanders anyone?
Dam son. I’d actually pay to see INFRASTRUCTURE.
That CNN guy…Who has THAT MUCH patience for stupid people? If that were me, I’d have taken out a home made microwave grenade and exploded the phone with it, then pissed on the smoldering, shorted remains…
The trailer at the end was actually good and funny, but their right.
I would see that movie. “I’m the best damn inspector in the business…and I’m here to inspect this dam.”
The biggest issues are how poorly the money was spent in the first place which plays a roll in how unwilling we are to make any sacrifices to make change. If they spent the money correctly I think we wouldn’t have a problem with a raise in taxes but we probably wouldn’t have this big of an issue in the first place. Either way we don’t get enough bang for our billions of bucks You want a way to fix our economy? lets become producers again why the hell aren’t we making anything worth while? of course we need more ways to find income we are a country of consumers, we help other countries and employ them and start unwinnable wars while we struggle here at home, it’s moronic. We’ve taken Capitalism which for the most part on paper is the best system and totally ruined it and the sad thing is we are just as at fault as we are less and less involved, or shall i say a large portion of us are not involved.
Why is everyone dissing Trump
YOHN IS GENIUS…SUPER
just cut the military funding by 50% and route it to infrastructure.
i was pretty amazed by this…and i defo wanna see that movie :D
I would seriously watch 5 seasons of that
i would watch the fuck out of that movie ♡
Steve Buscemi in a movie where he doesn’t die? Unheard of!
“many states are paying no attention to their dam problems”, brilliant!
most powerful thing we have for holding back liquids… (insert condom joke hear)
I would watch that movie.
Welcome to American politics. Where its easier to kick the problem down the road and politicians who tackle them get demonized
I am just waiting for shit to happen so it opens peoples eyes and minds. Until then w/e.
12:36 “Super high gas prices” … The average price per gallon in the USA is around 2,20$ a gallon. We pay 1,85-2$ per Litre in Norway. One gallon of petrol equals 3,7 litres… Do the math
I guess there was zero dams given
at least they start out ok… some of our infrastructure weren’t even good to begin with…
“heart-pounding incremental maintenance” :D
This would have been so much more enjoyable without the insipid and insulting laugh-track
I find it funny how people complain about taxes but pay them anyways. Raise the gas tax anyways.
I expected the comments to be full of people clamoring for a full-length version of the Infrastructure movie… Seriously, I would watch that. I think it’s an idea that could actually be done well. :)
Anyone else want to see INFRASTRUCTURE? I’d even pay the theatre fee…provided that money was used wisely.
I would watch Infatructure just for the cast
Is that the lady from wayward pines?
Conspicuously lacking is a mention of the I-35W Mississippi River bridge collapse which killed 13 and injured 145 people in 2007. It was listed as “structurally deficient” since 1990! Those 13 deaths were entirely preventable!
Hey america, forget your infrastructure, just go to war permanently! What could go wrong?
Yeah yankees, this is what you get for hatin’ dem taxes. No taxes, no fixes. Don’t want government involvement in your life? Then repair your bridges and roads from your own pockets if you’re so hardcore libertarian capitalists.
I would watch that.
Hahaha, why does this show love Steve Buscemi so much?
16:05 Pacific Rim right there. jeagers are quite expensive. so lets go with a long term building project to keep the giant lizards out instead.
The fund is also raided by non-highway/bridge related things like buses and subways. Buses and subways should be paid for by their respective cities. The gas tax should go to highways. Non-highway roads should be paid for by the cities and counties that they are within.
Do that and the highways and bridges will have lots of money.
And now I want to see that film so badly.
Has anyone noticed the great pyramid in the top right of the background?
Well thats simple… just say its for war on terror :)
Cry me a river.. There are places in the world with worst infrastructure. Not his best piece.
To bad John Oliver isn’t on the comedy channel anymore. Now it’s pay for HBO or catch him on youtube. He would have been perfect to replace John Stewart on the Daily Show.
If I ever hear an american complain about gas prices, I’m going to punch them square in the jaw.
80s action and Duke Nukem much bridge inspector
A gag of Donald Trump at Last Week Tonight. Classic.
really, who gives a damn!! badumtss!!!! :D
Bernie Sanders though
Anyone else notice the “yays” in the ribbon-cutting videos became less and less enthusiastic as they went on? I half expected John to make a joke about it: they’ve done it so many times, the initial reaction by now is “Oh great, this shit again.” XD
Edward Norton, you are my hero
(17:23) Blockbuster Movie Trailer
I’d actually like a bridge set where you can press a button so that it breaks down somewhere and then you can fix that problem.
Hmm, maybe I should try making something like that…
You are the only one i know, that can show serious flaws in serious subjects and make me laugh so hard I almost fall off my chair. Kudos! It ain’t easy to teach and entertain at the same time and you do it very well.!
6:24 “I don’t wanna say they’re unsafe, but they’re dangerous” either he messed up his intonation and actually wanted to “indicate that they’re far more than unsafe THEY’RE DANGEROUS” (like that), or he’s really bad at avoiding answering the question xD
If you want to see bad infrastructure, head down to Costa Rica. Seriously, I spent a month and a half there and I wanted to make t-shirts that said “Bienvenidos a Costa Rica. Pisen con cuidado” (“Welcome to Costa Rica. Watch your step.”). It wasn’t uncommon to dodge 6ft deep drops. I’m very tall so I did well there, but I can’t imagine navigating their streets as a short person. …Which isn’t to say that the infrastructure in the US doesn’t need to be improved. I’m just saying, there are worse places.
I would legitimately buy a ticket for that movie. Especially if it went to fund INFRASTRUCTURE.
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