America needed the infrastructure bills during the Obama Administration. Republicans voted down every one of Obama's job bill fearing that
he might look good to the American public. Republicans had no concern or
Infrastructure is one part of our system which has been socialistic from the
beginning. I love it.
Don't rely on federal dollars and you don't need to worry about it.
But when my son comes to me for money to do something he wants to do.... I
absolutely have a say in how that money is spent. If he doesn't want me
having any say.... that's easy.... spend just his own money. Same with the states. You want to be self directing without outside
interference.... fund the projects yourself.
Are people willing to pay the taxes it takes to fund internal improvements, or
do they want to complain about higher taxes? You get what you are willing to
@Diligent Dave "Marx never had, and has not now for us any viable
solutions."True, in large part. Marx was not a social
architect. He was an economic theoretician in the same line as Smith and
Ricardo. In fact, he completes them. Marx shows how accumulation
works in capitalism. In the years going forward, if we have not digested Marx
we will literally not know what is going on. Capitalism is driving
itself into the ditch with it's concentration of wealth and income. Marx
understands this, while so-called mainstream economics does not, with the
possible exception of the Frenchman Piketty.Please, an historical
note: infrastructure has never been done by the private sector alone.
Government, i.e. social capital, has been in the middle of it. That's why
government infrastructure investment is so important now. It can postpone
capitalism's day of reckoning. I leave kids behind in this mess, so I am
all for it.
As a landlord I'm deluged with regulations! Smoke alarms, background
checks, building codes, and property tax!!I'll tell you this,
you don't see these types of regulations in free market, small government,
places like Mexico, Somalia, and Afghanistan! Can you image how easy it must be
to build infrastructure in these lightly regulated Utopias!It's
only in highly regulated, leftist, countries like Canada, Germany, Sweden, and
Denmark that you see these burdensome regulations!
@marxist & EducatorI personally have two degrees from the
University of Utah, one of them in business. So I had economic professors from
The Economic Department, to be sure. But this was back in the late 1970s.My best professor during all of my University education was from the
U's Economics Department. His name was Kerry Dougherty. My worst Professor
was also from the same department. But teaching staff can change considerably
over time.Also, Trump is not forcibly "my man". I voted
neither for him nor for his main rival. But I did vote.Most Trump
haters have been against him since he was sworn in, and before. He has been
given no honeymoon, as most all previous presidents have been given. You would
still like Hillary to be in office, and have Trump expelled from it now!Marx never had, and has not now for us any viable solutions. But, as
Cleon Skousen, wrote about the Naked Communist, disparagingly, so wrote he the
book, the Naked Capitalist. And, with him, I concur.Marxism, or
Socialism, is every bit as much a Ponzi scheme as was Bernie Madoff's. Only
difference is govt runs it. But both, in the long run, go broke!
I would like to know what projects our elected officials have recommended aside
from the Lake Powell pipeline that they personally petitioned trump for.
I wish people like Diligent Dave wouldn't just brush off any criticism of
his boy as haters. I also wish people like him would call anything to the left
of the disastrous supply side economics as marxist. Part of civil dialogue is
understanding and respecting those who have different opinions. Stereotyping
professors and discounting proven economic theory (Keynesian economics) as mere
Marxism doesn't help things.We need to be smarter and better
informed, slower to anger and stereotyping. Get Educated
@Diligent Dave ' I was told not many years ago that the U of U Economic
Department was full of Marxist economists (which, if true, would be an
oxymoron)."I am a product of the U of U economics department and
proud of it. When I was there that department was distinguished by its reading
of original economic literature. I read Smith, Ricardo, and Marx along with
many other founders of the discipline. Have you ever read any Marx
besides maybe the Manifesto, Diligent Dave? Few have. Marx is taboo. But Marx
is essential.The late great Keynesian economist Joan Robinson said
at the 3rd Tanner Lecture economics will not advance save by the route outlined
The United States and Utah lack a balanced transportation policy. Indeed when
balance is sought such is pilloried, e.g. high speed rail in California.As an aside in the good (bad) old days we just built the road and hang
the consequences. For years we witnessed the wonder of the Castle Gate north of
Price. When approached from the north the gate seemed to magically open. But
there were two sides to the gate - the railroad side (still there ) and the road
side (blasted to hades). A natural wonder was destroyed for all time just to
save a few bucks widening the road. Care is needed with any construction,
including care for the environment and natural wonders.
Whatever Trump's flaws as a person are, which would be nice to be able to
read comments here, without reading so many Trump haters as the first two
commenters on this board appear to be. I didn't vote for Trump, but
I'm not opposed to much of what he's said since he became
president.I know that perhaps about 15 years back, a fellow who
still worked at BLM, as my father did for half of his career, pointed out the
BLM in their Salt Lake office at that time w'ere only hiring people from
outside of the state of Utah. They would not advertise in Utah for BLM jobs
then.I'm aware by people in the know of where some departments
in universities in this state won't hire any Mormons, so as to hire only a
non-Mormon teaching staff (or, dare I say, an anti Mormon teaching staff)? I was
told not many years ago that the U of U Economic Department was full of Marxist
economists (which, if true, would be an oxymoron).I wouldn't
doubt that many people in many positions throughout our government and otherwise
are bent on the destruction of our nation, as I believe many so-called
environmentalists, including some Fed personnel seem to be.
Yeah that Infrastructure Week was super impressive. Another "All Hat - No
Cattle" Trump event.
"As a former real estate developer, he said Trump is aware of how
exasperating it can be to navigtate the maze of regulations imposed by agencies
with a stake in a particular project.""Former"? About
all Trump has done since taking office is to find ways to enrich himself, his
family and his properties on the backs of US taxpayers. Trump has done nothing
to legally divest his business interests from the office of President.