Politicians love to deceive people through their misleading use of the language. Right now, the magic word for them is “infrastructure.” That always sounds good, just as “educational” does. We need stuff called infrastructure if the country is going to prosper, right?

The problem, of course, is that resources can be squandered in “infrastructure” projects just as much as on other political trinkets. For a wonderful example, consider the Yuma desalinization plant described by Chris Edwards of Cato here.