New catchphrase from Obama's acceptance speech at DNC.
So... if he proposes that we build all this infrastructure in America and we do build it, will he give us credit for it? Will the GOP? I mean, if we really do build it, could anyone argue that we didn't build that?
I believe the American nation NEEDS rebuilding. Just look at the pols and see how divided this country is (50 - 50) about issues that are almost 100% contrary to each other. It is about time to leave the rest of the world alone and concentrate all efforts on making life in America better for all people.
See it's all well and good to say...Let's just put everyone to work on the infrastructure. Great....first you have to have the plans........then you have to have the contractors to do it. The idea I gather...because I watched NONE of either convention...is to get them to hire unemployed people. Do those people have the necessary skills? There is a lot to this thing. You can't just DO it. Let's don't forget money. Oh that's right.......tax the rich.
If we are discussing roads and bridges, those that are engaging in commercial activities using these roads should be responsible for the revenue to improve the infrastructure. The work should be allocated through a bid system, once the GC is established they can sub the work out to smaller companies.
Non-commerical use also wears out the roads. Logically everyone should pay in a roughly proportional way relative to the benefits they get and their ability to pay.
And the work should not go to the lowest bidder unless there are very clear specs. That;s why some of the bridged are falling apart now, cheap building methods like the use of untanilized timber supports.
The reason I suggest those conducting commerce is that the expenditure is more easily distributed to operating costs. Ultimately everyone will pay the fees within the price of their products and services.
The work does not need to go to the lowest bidder, when I was responsible for distributing contracts, I would seek a middle price, as I was confident of their ability to perform a quality job for the cost. Of course if the United States decided to switch the funds that go to building the infrastructure of foreign nations to work in the borders of the United States, no one in the U.S. would feel any difference in their income!
And schools! Let's not forget schools. My high school was a WPA project. It includes beautiful stone artistry inside (cool gargoyles, exquisite tilework -- I have photos somewhere, can't find on Google, tho). They don't build 'em like that anymore. BUT WE COULD! Point here is that when we think of infrastructure it's not just bridges and roads.
This one was a bona fide WPA project. Opened in 1935. I took my California native architect husband there and he was blown away. He simply could not believe that such beautiful workmanship/craftsmanship would be in a public high school.
While we're talking of nation building, I will put in my plug to stop making strip malls that make every city look like every other city. Ugh and ugLY!
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