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Trump Plans to Shift Infrastructure Funding to Cities, States and Business

Trump Plans to Shift Infrastructure Funding to Cities, States and Business | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The move would be part of an effort to fulfill a campaign promise to lead $1 trillion in projects to rebuild roads, bridges, railways and waterways.
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There are two parts to this new plan, one has to do with air traffic controllers. I'm all for investing in new computer enhanced equipment; who wouldn't be? If privatization will help make that happen, great as long as it doesn't mean any lowering standards for training controllers or making their jobs more difficult so that safety is impacted. And I know this will be something many won't like my saying, but I have no problem with charging fees for each plane flying to access that system even if this is more onerous for the individual flyer than for airlines. 

The second, and much larger part of the plan has to do with building roads, bridges, etc. It really isn't a plan at all, but rather an outline. As with much of Mr. Trump's "thinking," this is at best sketchy. What we do know, however, is that he wants local governments to pay a big part of the costs. That means that states like Massachusetts and California, states with plenty of tax base, will be able to take advantage of whatever incentives the federal government might offer. But, what of the rest of the country. Once again, I see the Trump administration screwing over the states that supported him. Where once states like West Virginia. Arkansas, Kansas, North Dakota and Kentucky were receiving federal largess when it came to roads, now they will be pinched by the requirement that they pay more. As for cities that are already in trouble such as Detroit, Flint, and Columbus, well forget about them. 

Then, too, there is the delusion of the far right voters that they will see a decrease in taxes. It isn't that their taxes will go down under this plan but that they will go up only at a local level. Of course, they may not be called taxes but user fees or registration fees for automobiles, but the costs will still have to be paid. 

Another concern is that this plan makes rail development even less likely except within states like California and Arizona that have two or more distant major population centers. 

Meanwhile, we are decades behind in repairing, maintaining, and developing American infrastructure. While the rest of the world develops ultra-fast trains, we're still trying to get shovels on the ground. 
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America’s Crumbling Dams Are A Disaster Waiting To Happen

America’s Crumbling Dams Are A Disaster Waiting To Happen | Upsetment | Scoop.it
New legislation could help minimize the risk, but it's not enough.
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Calling all beaver, the damn dams are going to burst. Seriously, while we spend trillions on wars and banks get wealthier, the infrastructure is deteriorating. It is time to rethink American priorities, and while we're at it, the world's. 
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The Political Magic of Roads

The Political Magic of Roads | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Is real democracy possible without highways?
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Actually, as Hitler realized and then Eisenhower after him, the existence of good roads builds national identity and allows for economic (and military) responsiveness. They also make people aware that the government is functional and important in their lives. Infrastructure is a necessity for a modern state, democratic, autocratic, or whatever. It is a major argument against anarchy or libertarianism. How are the roads near you? What infrastructure is most in need of work? For me, I think our railroads are in great need of help. Here in Arizona, the legislature has been remiss in funding for road repairs. In the father reaches of the state, there will be years before a road can be reconditioned, which means they will eventually have to be rebuilt. Of course, we don't have to worry about bridges the way much of the country does.

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Six maps that show the anatomy of America’s vast infrastructure

Six maps that show the anatomy of America’s vast infrastructure | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A look at the United States’s bridges, electrical grid, pipelines, railroads, airports and waterways
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Historically, the federal government has always had a hand in creating the infrastructure by helping to secure funding, most famously by giving land grants to railroads, by direct building of the Interstate road system, and by providing airmail contracts to help airlines. Mr. Trump's idea of spending to update our infrastructure is a good one. As with all such sweeping ideas, the devil will be in the details. Hopefully, he will put together a better team to implement his great project than Mr. Obama did for his project of affordable health care. This may be the biggest test of Mr. Trump as president, since he claims to be a great business administrator. 
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'A national embarrassment': U.S. infrastructure suffers from bipartisan failure

'A national embarrassment': U.S. infrastructure suffers from bipartisan failure | Upsetment | Scoop.it
America's infrastructure is crumbling and nobody in Washington seems to care or have the political will to do something about it.
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What happened? By doing away with pork, the members of congress are no longer willing to just support infrastructure. What's in it for my reelection has become the only consideration. What a shame for us all.

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This Is What The Nation's Crumbling Infrastructure Really Looks Like (PHOTOS)

This Is What The Nation's Crumbling Infrastructure Really Looks Like (PHOTOS) | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Hundreds of thousands of bridges across the country are in bad shape, and the result can be tragic.
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So you don't want to pay taxes. Fine, but just what will you do when the bridge falls down or the road becomes one giant pothole? Government is not the problem. The problem has been a preoccupation with making war and maintaining empire instead of providing government.

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