The Infrastructure Debate

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  1. Sonny Clark
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    Roads and bridges in disrepair, congested highways, and no money to fund the necessary projects. Sound familiar? For years, the debate on how to fund much needed infrastructure repairs and upgrades have stalled, or simply just swept under the rugs for lack of support. Now, at last, the new Congress is talking about ways to fund infrastructure, including a new gasoline tax, as if we need that right now.

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    How bad are our roads, bridges, highways, water mains, and sewer systems? Some have said that in many cases, the situation is a tragedy waiting to happen. While others seem to think that other spending takes priority, and that infrastructure isn't as bad as some claim.

    2013 Report Card for America s Infrastructure

    It's strange that we can find the money to build mosques on foreign soil, supply weapons to drug lords and terrorists, and other so-called necessity or priority spending, but infrastructure falls into the category of "if and when the funds become available". Did we raise taxes, or create a special tax to build those mosques, or supply those weapons to drug lords and terrorists? But, we find no problem raising gasoline taxes in order to fund infrastructure projects.

    Where would you get the money to fund much needed infrastructure projects?
     
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    Nationalize the oil companies? Use the profits to finance infrastructure, education, health care. Just a suggestion that some may object to.
     
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    That would definitely take some serious thought. An enormous amount of pros and cons would have to be considered. Thanks.
     
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    Wow, I guess we need to copy Venzuela's Government who did exactly that. No thanks. As corrupt as our is, it beats the daylights out of a Dictator.
     
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    In some respects, we have our own dictator.
     
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    You have NO idea what a dictator is. I was in Spain during Franco's time. I sat just over the Border from the Pol Pot. We had to stand and watch one of our buddies beaten by 5 Gendarmes. To move was final. We had 2 Uzis pointed at us. These Gendarmes laughed while they were beating our buddy. This was just outside a major US Military Base in Spain. Had the Gendarmes wanted, they had the right to shoot us dead without reason. The only reason they didn't was it would have caused quite stink with the US Government. Had we been Spanish Citizens, we would have been mowed down on the spot with no remorse or repercussions. The Gate Guards on the Base had to stand there and watch. There was nothing they could do either.

    You need to get out more in the world. And stop spouting Hate Speech.
     
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    Very good. What a nice thing to say. Feel better now? Anything else that you'd like to get off your chest while you're on a roll here? I'm sure that you have many more interesting stories, especially war stories that you'd like to share. Please, feel free to let'er rip.
     
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    Oh, I am so sorry that I removed the premise you were going for. How rude of me to point out that you and your bunch just makes things up as you go. And the Citizens are well aware of this.
     
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    Again, very good. Now, is there anything else? Go ahead and unload it all while you are doing well. Do not hold anything back. By the way, what was I looking for?
     
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