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   Last summer Larry Summers (former treasury secretary and Harvard president)

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had an epiphany regarding

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   According to George Will¹, Summers expressed he was

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“mired in congealed traffic on the bridge [over Boston's Charles River], which is being repaired, and he suddenly understood ‘American sclerosis.’ Repairing the bridge, which was built in eleven months in 1912, will take about five years. The problem, he concluded in a blog post, is ‘a gaggle of regulators and veto players each with the power to block or delay, and each with their own parochial concerns.’

   ” ‘I’m a progressive, but it seems plausible to wonder if the government can build a nation abroad, fight social decay, run schools, mandate the design of cars, run health insurance exchanges or set sexual harassment policies on college campuses, if it can’t fix a 232-foot bridge competently. Waiting in traffic over the Anderson Bridge, I’ve emphasized with the two-thirds of Americans who distrust government….We seem to be caught in a dismal cycle of low expectations, poor results, and shared cynicism.‘ “

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   ¹ Taken from George Will’s column in “Infrastructure of Dysfunction” that appeared Nov. 11 or 12, 2016 in the Scranton Times-Trib.