I have always wondered why the infrastructure of certain things in the United States is so primitive. With that I mean for instance all the electricity cables that are hung from wooden poles, telephone lines above ground, both which get blown down in every storm causing thousands to be without electricity and phone. And also the banking system seems to be terribly ancient, writing checks is the favorite activity it seems, even at professional institutions. I was thinking that this may lie in the fact that the US is very profit oriented (with capitalistic tendicies), investing in updating these technologies thus isn't a priority. A more socialistic country would put money aside even if this would mean slowing the economy. Am I right in thinking along these lines? (for those wondering, I am not out to blacken the image of the US, since it is a fore-runner in technological advances, but that is why the contrast is so clear). Also, are there plans to update the system? With an eye on the blackout-of-20-03?