As one of the rare few undergraduate students of Indian origin at University of Iowa in late 80s, I was asked a lot of questions about India. For my fellow students, India was this exotic place that they had often heard of but didn't quite know what to make of it (remember this was pre-web). Their impressions ranged from a complete wreck (thanks to fundraising pleas) to a land of palaces and opulence (various movies and stories) to the land from where many of the professors came. I tended to give them an unvarnished view which made things crazy enough. The fact that many of these question-answer sessions were conducted during alcohol-fueled late-night bull sessions made for even more craziness.
In Iowa, you could flick on the switch and the lights would come on, turn on the faucet and nice clean drinking water would pour out. I could mail a check for paying my tuition or credit card bill and be very sure that it would be received at the other end. There were toll-free numbers that one could call from any phone (including pay phones) and reach customer service. The highways and other roads were well-marked and kept in pretty good condition. People could afford to wait till the fuel-gauge showed empty before filling up. We could take a lot of things for granted.
So, please, support the maintenance and improvement of our public infrastructure. Given that our economy has still not fully recovered, this is a good time to get things done for cheap. Remember, many of the dams and other big things were built during the depression and they have paid for themselves many times over. If we lose the infrastructure race, we would have an even tougher time competing globally.