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… on the unlit, unpaved road to nowhere

Let me begin with the end.  
So the end result of the long campaign against government is that we've taken a disastrously wrong turn. America is now on the unlit, unpaved road to nowhere.

That is the conclusion of America Goes Dark, Paul Krugman's column this morning.  I am aware that it is covered as part of bobswern's diary.  My focus will be somewhat different, hence I do not consider this diary duplicative.

For Krugman, the imagery of going dark is both literal and figurative.  Literally, cities like Colorado Spring are turning out their streetlights in a desperate attempt to save money.   Figuratively, we are watching as budgets for schools are being slashed, programs eliminated, teachers discharged (and the passage of the measure that is bringing the House back into session will only partially ameliorate the damage to schools).  

I am a teacher, and for me the imagery is not figurative, either in what will happen inside school or what happens to our commons, our infrastructure.  So I wish to react.