Because America obviously has limitless money to print/ borrow/ spend … Washington wisdom dictates we should continue to build roads we don’t need.
Couple thoughts here … First, we’re not opposed to meeting those needs. Unlike a lot of pure “cops and courts” libertarians, we believe there is a role for government to play in select infrastructure enhancements.In our opinion it is entirely reasonable to expect taxpayers to provide funding for roads and bridges – and for government to efficiently build and maintain these roads and bridges as needed (ideally via a private sector contracts, not government bureaucracies).
That’s not what happens, though.
Despite the passage of “transportation reform” a few years back, South Carolina – which maintains one of the largest road networks in America (despite being one of the smallest states) – still makes transportation decisions based on politics, not public need.
Seriously … “conservative” lawmakers dispatch S.C. Department of Transportation officials to the gated communities of their wealthy friends while bemoaning the state’s so-called infrastructure deficit.
Meanwhile the SCDOT builds interchanges to nowhere … while at the same time stopping all paving and maintenance work due to a massive cash crunch (that somehow didn’t put a crimp in bureaucrats’ travel plans).
It’s insanity … yet roads and bridges continue to be built (and named) on the basis of favor-trading, not legitimate need.
Anyway … all this leads us to the Washington Metro from Reagan National Airport to Capitol Hill (a.k.a. the underbelly of the “Seat of the Empire”), which is where wanna-be Congressman and current S.C. Rep. Alan Clemmons (RINO-Horry) snapped this selfie …
Anyway, Clemmons noted that he was visiting his “Congressional buddies” in Washington and was meeting with officials at the U.S. Department of Transportation.
“(L)et’s all think positive I-73 thoughts!” he wrote in a note accompanying his selfie.
How cute …
But for the sake of future generations of taxpayers (American and South Carolinian), let’s not think positive thoughts about this boondoggle.
I-73 is a poster project for everything that’s wrong with how government approaches transportation – a costly, politically driven idea that should be fought, quite literally, at every turn.
More to the point, lawmakers need to stop passing “reform in name only” (like their contemplated ethics bill) and actually address the rampant corruption that exists with regard to state transportation funding.