Infrastructure Investments Are Key to U.S. Future
The issue that makes me most angry is the lack of investment in the infrastructure of the United States. From roads to mass transit to science to education, we are falling behind (or further behind) other regions. It’s a false economy, as lack of investment now means less capability to generate returns in the future. At the same time, our health care costs are absorbing more and more of our spending while producing poorer results on many dimensions than in other developed countries.
The issue that makes me most hopeful is recent action on climate change. It’s very encouraging to see international commitment to change and to see business often take the lead in reducing our carbon footprint.
[Editor’s note: To tap the wisdom of our distinguished group of Xconomists, we asked a few of them to answer this question heading into 2016: “What issue makes you most angry? Most hopeful?” You can see other questions and answers here.]