Sep 1, 201510:17 AMTransportation Matters
with Debby Jackson
What can we learn from the Trump phenomena?
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Entitlement reform, national educational standards and curriculum, foreign relations, and even the national debt can be frustratingly difficult issues for deliberative people to settle upon a preferred solution or course of action.
When it comes to our infrastructure, however, the answer actually is not all that complicated. It comes down to leadership. What the reaction to Trump’s blanket statements highlights is the fact that we simply want some action, at least on obvious problems that continue to linger. Transportation infrastructure is the one area where even the most laissez-faire business people will say that government can have a tangible, positive impact on the economy.
Despite how plain this picture may be, our infrastructure continues to degrade. Commuters bounce to work or take longer detours to bypass closed bridges. Grains and manufactured items sit in ports, on highways, or in rail cars.
The answers to fixing our infrastructure may not be quite a simple as the Donald makes them out to be, but they aren’t a whole heck of a lot more complicated either.
I don’t plan on voting for Donald Trump. But the other candidates would do well to take a page from his book and communicate a clear, unambiguous path forward. Addressing our transportation infrastructure would be the perfect place to start.
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