U.S. progress bogs down

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For more than 10 years, we have been made aware of our deteriorating infrastructure – roads and bridges deteriorating to the point of danger to the motoring public. Lip service by the administration has been short of results.

It would take massive public-private efforts for many years to move ahead with such a project, and it would lead to the creation of thousands of jobs. The most basic ingredient in the road and bridge building is cement, for example. So why are cement producers around the country shutting down their plants? We pay for road improvements with gas taxes; if you want to keep driving, pay the tax! The British are paying $8.50 per gallon.

While we now have great resources of natural gas and oil to bring us closer to self-sufficiency, every handicap is thrown at producers and job creators to slow us down. We double-tax our export trade when no other advanced country does – hurting our own job creation. Germany has higher wage levels than we do, yet they have a balanced trade record with China.

They also have to search for qualified employees abroad for their industries, as we do because our low-quality education results in higher dropout rates. Look at some formerly communist-dominated countries such as Poland and others that surpass our math and science scores by more than 40 percent at half the cost per student. We also have some outstanding schools in our United States. Are we unable to copy success?

S.G. von Schweinitz

Appling

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deestafford
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deestafford 08/15/13 - 11:28 pm
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Before we allocate any more taxpayer money for roads and

bridges, let's look at where the money now being collected goes. At one time all the money raised for roads and bridges went to roads and bridges; however, in recent years the democrats passed laws where some of that money was siphoned off to "green" projects such as bike paths and high speed rail. I submit we have enough money coming in to do what is necessary to repair roads and bridges.

By having a massive effort such as obama wants we don't do anything but transfer money from the producers in the private sector to boondoggles in the federal government. It may "create" jobs in that they will be working for the government and it will be inefficient and wasteful.

Another thing is the government is blowing the problems with our roads and bridges well out of proportion. They are not in nearly as bad shape as the government says. Some in depth research will show the situation is not what the chicken-littles say it is. One has to also look at what the definitions of the classifications mean in engineering, not political terms.

By the way, state and local governments take approximately 49 cents tax out of every gallon of gasoline sold. The oil companies such as Exxon Mobile make about 8 cents profit on every gallon with the rest is cost of production and distribution.

fedex227
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fedex227 08/16/13 - 01:28 am
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I agree with deestafford ...
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Let's allow capitalism to work as it was intended. If the private sector wants to efficiently move products from point A to point B they will invest in a transit system that best suits their needs. After all, private sector money built the roads, railroads, bridges, and interstate highway system in this country ... oh, wait.

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 08/16/13 - 06:00 am
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Whether it's transportation
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Whether it's transportation or education - the money isn't coming in like it should. As populations grow, we consume more... when politicians continue to try and get your vote they promise tax cuts, tax cuts, etc.... now our infrastructure is falling apart and school classes are getting larger and larger. It takes money to run different aspects of the country and tax cuts do not help. We need to quit giving welfare to corporations, come up with a fair tax code, stop NAFTA, stop the excessive giving to those outside of our borders, tax churches, and as always- review what we're spending money on now and cut the real pork (bridges to nowhere, etc).

crkgrdn
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crkgrdn 08/16/13 - 07:54 am
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Photo says much about education

The photo in today's paper of teachers learning to play golf says so much about public education in the United States.

carcraft
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carcraft 08/16/13 - 09:52 am
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OK Fedex 227 here' the truth

The Government has no money. The only money the government has is what it takes from others or prints more money and devalues the money by inflation. The bridges etc were paid for by taxes levied on corperations and individuals. Yes private sector money levied in taxes paid for the bridges roads etc. Many companies also paid for infrastructure to creat profits etc. Many railroads etc were built with private capital..let the government do it oh wait...never mind it is still money out of private sector pockets!!!!

deestafford
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deestafford 08/16/13 - 11:14 am
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My point is that roads and bridge repair should come from

fuel taxes and tolls not some type of useless "stimulus" program to create jobs. Also, these funds should be spent only on roads and bridges and not bike paths and other "green" projects such as wasteful high speed rail. If those involved with that sector want to build them either use private funds or tax the industries involved such as bike sales. If they are not willing and able to do that...leave it alone.

If one studies the history of construction of the early railroads in this country they will find that the privately funded railroads were successful while those where the government was involved were full of corruption, graft, behind schedule, favoritism, and failure.

chascushman
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chascushman 08/16/13 - 02:51 pm
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"My point is that roads and
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"My point is that roads and bridge repair should come from
fuel taxes and tolls not some type of useless "stimulus" program to create jobs."
deestafford, the lying Marxist/communist in the WH said that over $200 billion of the stimulus was going to be spent on roads and bridges but all I saw was a few ugly signs.

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burninater 08/16/13 - 06:59 pm
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Germany has higher wage

Germany has higher wage levels than we do, yet they have a balanced trade record with China. ... Are we unable to copy success?
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Yes, because America has a strict philosophy of limiting gov't involvement in industry as much as possible.

The German gov't takes its role in promoting industrial and worker policy very seriously. The German gov't, partnered with private industry, has established apprenticeship training whereby the cost of individual work training -- think of our technical colleges -- is subsidized by industry. The German gov't actively organizes private sector job placement strategy and implementation. The German gov't takes STEM training in public education very seriously (people like Paul Broun would be looked at, in German industrial policy, as a raving lunatic). German regulation of financial institutions is more stringent than in the U.S., requiring more capital reserves. Labor unions are included on corporate boards in Germany. Germany spends thirty times more than the U.S. on both promoting exports, and seeking foreign investment.

In the past 25 years, German average wages have increased FIVE HUNDRED PERCENT FASTER than American wages.

A society that refuses to synthesize the gov't role of defending life, liberty, and happiness, with its primary means of wealth creation -- private enterprise -- will operate at lesser efficiency than its international counterparts who have been successful at merging the two. Implementation can be difficult, but acceptance of that plain fact is fairly simple.

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Darby 08/16/13 - 08:42 pm
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"The British are paying $8.50 per gallon."

I certainly hope the writer is not suggesting that we should follow the Brit's lead....

Darby
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Darby 08/16/13 - 08:56 pm
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"America has a strict philosophy of limiting

gov't involvement in industry as much as possible."

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Now that's a joke! A philosophy that is defined by it's exception. Our government does nothing if not meddle in our business affairs, both corporate and private.

As always, Burn burdens us with cherry-picked, isolated and therefore meaningless statistics.

"Implementation can be difficult, but acceptance of that plain fact is fairly simple."

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In your wildest socialist dreams. Straight from the pages of "Das Capital" Karl would be so proud.

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