Friday, August 3, 2012

No man is an island, but plenty of them are idiots

I'm all for people working hard and creating their own business via their own blood, sweat and tears, but don't kid yourself that you don't reap the benefit of living in this country. The free market sure as heck didn't build the interstate highway system, but businesses (and our country as a whole) certainly profited due to the highway systems existence.

Speaking of which, I seem to recall that Eisenhower and congress authorized the interstate highway system project ("largest public works program since the Pyramids") during a time where the post-WWII debt crisis was far worse than today. People forget about the massive borrowing and spending we did during WWII to win the war, and the recession that happened afterwards. Not only did it economically benefit the country, but the massive employment for road construction sure as heck helped as well.

Alas, Dwight Eisenhower was a rare breed of Republican that is long since dead. Color me skeptical that we'll ever see another like him from the GOP.

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