Tag: 2016 Election

Our Infrastructure:  Actually, it’s not Crumbling

Our Infrastructure: Actually, it’s not Crumbling

From all quarters, we hear alarm about the state of our infrastructure. We hear demands for heavy spending to dig trenches, lay rail, pave roads, build bridges, and deepen ports. Without these investments, we are warned, we will lose economic competitiveness, degrade our quality of life, and invite physical calamity.

Lucky for the country, it is a false alarm; a specious crisis. Yes, we suffer deficiencies that require spending. Worse, we suffer cynical exaggerations from politicians; intellectual complacency within the media; shameful gimmicks in public budgets; and persistent inefficiency in public management. Fix these latter problems while increasing investment modestly, and we will be on course for a transportation system that is clean, safe, efficient, and affordable.

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The Plight of the Independent

The Plight of the Independent

Independents are growing as a portion of the electorate. They will decide the coming presidential election. Yet they wield little influence in the primaries and processes that determine candidates and platforms. Dismayed with the options presented to them, they strengthen conviction in their independence, thereby weakening their say upon candidates and platforms even further. Their rising disaffection brings increasing disenfranchisement.

What are the independents seeking? And how might they escape their plight?

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