Absolutely brutal â€“ Makes you think twice before crossing the George Washington Bridge (something you should probably think twice about anyway seeing as it goes to New Jersey . . . ) That said, this story has a lot to say about the inherent dangers of debating infrastructure repair solely as a â€œjobs issue.â€ Whether youâ€™re a Paul Ryan devotee of Ayn Rand or a Paul Krugman lover of Keynes, I think itâ€™s time we all agreed that NO economic theory can function if we (literally) allow America to fall apart before our eyes. Whether government stimulus spending or expansionary monetary policy actually create jobsÂ are subjectsÂ up for debate. The fundamental need for functional bridges, highways, airports and schools most certainly is not. This isn’tÂ just common sense, folksÂ – it’s patriotism.