The United States is the wealthiest country in the world. You wouldn’t know it from the condition of the systems that make it work. There are 45,000 bridges and more than 170,000 miles of highways and major roads in poor condition. Drinking water is delivered to many residents through lead pipes. Floods regularly devastate public and private structures. Electrical systems are vulnerable, and internet connections are unreliable. Iowa has the highest number of structurally deficient bridges in the country. More than a third of our major roads are in poor or mediocre condition. Joe Biden’s $2.3 trillion American Jobs Plan is about much more than fresh concrete and steel. It rightly reimagines and expands the traditional definition of infrastructure. In addition to surface transportation, it proposes investing in research and development, domestic manufacturing, renewable energy, worker training, airports and care for seniors and disabled people. This could mean creation of millions of jobs and enhancement of the country’s economic productivity for many years to come. Unfortunately, Republicans seem inclined to reject anything the Democrats controlling Washington propose.