Sure, US exceptionalism means we can't have security from violence, a low prison population, well fed children or universal health care, but what about physical projects?
In the 40 years since Apollo, what neat public stuff has the US built? I can't think of anything major. Sure, there are a lot of big projects (Aswan High Dam) that would have been better not getting started, but let's take a look at some good ones:
Even India has them.
(We have Coney Island & used to have the Jersey Shore)
This is like a giant version of Las Vegas. Maybe not so great.
In any event, I'm just trying to point out a contradiction. The more we insist on Private Sector Rulez! Gummint fails, the less hope we have of doing anything really special.
And I want special, not more eyesores.
At last, a Church that GOD won't touch!