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Yesterday's 'Shithole Countries' Can Become Classy Places Donald, and Vice Versa

The shit's everywhere

Meanwhile, the streets were clogged with millions of bicycles every day because there was only minimal public transportation in the form of rickety buses that were packed as tightly as canned sardines and that had to crawl their way through rivers of people pedaling their bikes slowly to and from work, often for hours each way.

And Shanghai was about as good as it got. If you went into the countryside, peasants were living in hovels. For bathrooms, they used cramped stone public outhouses where the stench of urine and yes, shit, was so overpowering one had to take long deep breaths before entering, and then hope to be able to hold it until one was done and could escape into the open air.

There are still plenty of places in China, a huge country of 1.4 billion people, that might qualify, in the president’s colorful language, as “shitholes,” but most are much better. Shanghai, meanwhile, in the intervening 25 years since I left, is a modern metropolis. Most of the bikes have vanished, replaced not just by cars and motor-scooters, but by a modern 400-mile subway system as large as New York City’s, and even a mag-lev train from the city’s center to a gleaming new international airport, which whisks passengers at a speed of 225 mph so smoothly you don’t know you’re moving unless you look at the blurred landscape out the windows.

High-speed rail lines whisk people from Shanghai to other similarly modern cities like Beijing and Guangzhou at speeds in excess of 150 mph, making it faster to go by rail from city center to city center than to take a plane.

The truth is, Mr. President, viewed from Shanghai today, America really looks a lot like a “shithole country.” It certianly looks that way from the perspective of a lot of places I’ve been: Germany, Austria, Finland, Japan and even little Taiwan for example. And despite all your talk about a huge infrastructure program, you haven’t done squat to improve things.

American urban and rural 'shitholes' in Trump's America, victims of disinvestment and neglect by governments at all levelsAmerican urban and rural 'shitholes' in Trump's America, victims of disinvestment and neglect by governments at all levels
 

This is a country that has ignored its cities, allowing them to sink into decay and squalor. It has also forgotten its rural regions. And that’s not the fault of the people who live there. It’s because a corrupt political system at all levels — federal, state and local — has defunded them, leaving them jobless, homeless, and with decrepit infrastructure. I’m sure you’ll blame the local people, but truth to tell, those are in many cases the very (white) people you call “the forgotten Americans.”



story | by Dr. Radut