Saturday, July 16, 2011

Big Government

Some of the greatest things in this country were built by the government utilizing the American worker. If the private sector is not going to reinvest in America. Well then they need to pay out the ass to access our market and we can put people to work building roads, teaching our kids, building solar and wind power plants... There's a lot that big government can do since the private sector has failed the American people with their outsourcing and greed... 

Here's an excerpt from an article I read a bit ago on Aljazeera (Note: I have never really read much from this site but it was linked on DIGG so I checked it out)

Yes, I'll dare call it treason
 Last week, China broke the record for the longest sea bridge in the world with the opening of the Jiaozhou Bay Bridge. Quite symbolically, it passed Louisiana's Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, which had previously held the record.
You'd think that this, in and of itself, would pain those on the Republican Right and their friends among the Blue Dog Democrats, "patriots" who never hesitate to tout American greatness. But for some reason - perhaps campaign contributions make a soothing bubble bath? - their refusal to fund the slightest hint of improvement or addition to US infrastructure is allowing it to collapse quicker than John Boehner at an all-you-can-drink Margarita marathon at Bahama Mama's.
We used to make big things in the US, often with direct government investment. Whether it was the federal highway system, the Sears Tower, or the Golden Gate Bridge - these were not small undertakings. It was a proven method of creating jobs and wealth, as well as a source of national pride. 
These days, it's the historical blindness and hatred of any spending contained in a philosophy that underpins simplistic calls for "austerity". Contained in budgets written by small-minded men such as Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, it has seen corporate cybernetic organisms posing as legislators do what once would have been unthinkable: pave the way for Chinese exceptionalism.