Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Calvin Coolidge roll their eyes and stifle giggles. What a maroon.
Infrastructure improvements are a key to economic development.
Lincoln brought us the transcontinental railroad -- an audacious idea never tried before in the history of the world. And it began in the midst of a Civil War.
Roosevelt brought us the Panama Canal.
Coolidge brought us the Hoover Dam. He signed the law, Hoover started the dam, and FDR finished it.
Eisenhower brought us the project that opened the Midwest to world markets -- the Saint Lawrence Seaway.
You thought I was going to say the interstate highways system. He brought that too. It was a pet project of his dating to his post-World War I travel by automobile across the USA.
But the Seaway in many ways was more important. We already had rail connecting the coasts. The Seaway connected the Great Lakes to the Atlantic.
Really, I do not want to read gibberish about how Trump's plan is a liberal boondoggle.
And yet I do.
From Michael Tanner:
In his famous “Speech to the Electors of Bristol,” Edmund Burke told his constituents that an elected representative owes them “his judgment; and he betrays, instead of serving you, if he sacrifices it to your opinion.”
Republicans in Congress were justly criticized for being supine in the face of the Obama administration. That doesn’t mean they should be equally pusillanimous when dealing with a President Trump. They should support him when his proposals make sense — and oppose him when they don’t.
One place they should start is by saying 'No' to this unaffordable and wasteful infrastructure boondoggle.The transcontinental railroad was a boondoggle. Sure. We gave the two railroads building it land on both sides of the rail. And Lincoln was a railroad lawyer, winning at trial the seminal Rock Island Railroad case, so I suppose we could call that crony capitalism.
But the railroads opened up the West and turned America into the world's breadbasket.
The interstate exits also were a prize awarded the politically connected.
And of course the Hoover Dam gave contractors work for five years.
But make no mistake, public works projects are fundamentally conservative because they help everyone, not just a few who receive federal handouts.
You can quote Edmund Burke all day, but you cannot change the fact that infrastructure is a primary function of government.
The Constitution provides 17 things that Congress can do. Number Six is "To establish Post Offices and post Roads."
This is seed money. Plant it.
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