26.3.16

WHAT THE H**L HAPPENED?

Once upon a time, in The America That Worked(TM).
Between 1935 and 1955, the ten fastest passenger trains in the world were all in the U.S. Trains like the famous 20th Century Limited ran at high speeds; they ran on time; they provided comfortable even luxurious accommodations; and their dining cars provided excellent meals served on real china set on crisp white tablecloths.
Regular readers know that history.  And the Cold Spring Shops "Free Rein to 110" campaign continues.

Note, though, that in order for the rent-seekers and the government to screw up the passenger trains, nothing came cheaply.
In the mid-1950s, President Eisenhower conceived the Interstate Highway system and Congress cheerfully went along. The original cost estimate was $27 billion; the actual cost when it was finished 30 years later, was $200 billion.

While all that was going on, state and local governments coughed up many more billions to buy land and build new airports. At the same time, the feds were also subsidizing the airlines by parceling out lucrative airmail contracts.
Perhaps, the beginning of making America great again is in the devolution of powers, and of taxing and spending, from federal, state, and local governments.

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