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Shame on You, Senator Warner!

October 19, 2016

In the early Republic, according to an analysis of the Heritage Foundation, Article I, Section 8, Clause 7 of the U.S. Constitution grants the national government the power to engage in road building.  Infrastructure “investments” are “Constitutional.”

Today, on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Mark Warner, U.S. Senator from Virginia, was asked what can be done by Congress after the election to bring a divided country back together.

Sen. Warner replied, “Infrastructure investment.”

In other words, grow the federal deficit by spending on building and repairing roads, bridges, airports and highways.

You don’t have to believe in God to know that Sen. Warner’s proposal will appeal to every “Big Spender” in Congress and further separate limited government conservatives from the Republican Party.

Instead of lowering personal income taxes and marginal tax rates; instead of freeing entrepreneurs from burdensome federal regulations and instead of freeing up capital markets by repealing the restriction of 1935 that made it illegal for non-accredited investors to invest in non-registered securities, let’s spend three or four trillion dollars on building that “bridge to nowhere,” building that new tunnel, replacing LaGuardia, JFK and LAX airports with new ones equal to those in the People’s Republic of China, formerly known as “Communist China.”

And why not expand the Interstate Highway System begun during the Eisenhower Administration?

The answer is simple.

The United States today is broke. It is not the United States of 1946–seventy years ago–empowered by victory in World War II and enjoying the spoils of war for a generation to come.

We do need better airports–I will not fly to or from LaGuardia–and we do need a third tunnel to connect Hampton Roads in Virginia to Richmond, and we do need to improve the seventy six year old Pennsylvania Turnpike, but each of those projects can be constructed by the private sector.

Sell the Pennsylvania Turnpike to infrastructure companies in Australia, Spain and other countries where public transportation, water and sewer services, and even airports are privately owned..

But, no.  We will all come together in January 2017 and burden the children of our grandchildren with additional debt that takes from them their livelihood and takes away their freedom from “the state.”

Shame on you Sen. Warner!


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