In fact, big public projects are what made America great.
The Cold War put us in competition with Soviet “5-Year Plans” and Chinese “Great Leaps Forward.”.
So Ike pushed for massive infrastructure spending, creating the “Dwight D. Eisenhower System of Interstate and Defense Highways.”.
Congress funded a half-century of highway construction, building 47,000 miles—the biggest public works project in the history of the world.
In 1919, it took a month or more to drive cross-country; the record today is a little over 24 hours.
The 2017 tax law again reduced the top rate for billionaires, creating great fortunes for a few, and great national debt, but not great public works.
Let’s get past the S-word—socialism—and have a real discussion on how to build an America that’s great for all of us. »