Blue Model Spasms
How the Highway Fund Impasse Illuminates Important Truths About American Life
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  • Good points, well made. This one is a keeper.

  • Boritz

    “This is the kind of problem that cries out for deeper thinking, richer analysis and more intellectual and cultural energy than our chattering classes are willing at the moment to give it.”

    Is that what they had during the Eisenhower administration when the interstate system was brought into being? &nbspThey could build it then but we can’t even maintain it now because we lack deep thinking and rich analysis compared to the 1950s? &nbspAs far as cultural energy, certainly it is focused very differently. &nbspPerhaps there will be cultural energy to spare on this project once same-sex marriage, legal marijuana, and comprehensive immigration reform are all a done deal and the war on women is won by the good guys.

    • Andrew Allison

      I think that the reason that we can’t maintain the 150s infrastructure is the (political and contractor) corruption now endemic in this country.

  • ShadrachSmith

    The hardest truth about reform is that most reforms end badly. This is the government function is best performed by a monarch and most diversely corrupt in a republic. More people get a bite at the apple in a republic so you design more ugly camels than race horses.

    On a personal note: I’m available for the think-tank πŸ™‚

    • FriendlyGoat

      Would it be wrong to mention that your first sentence is unsubstantiated, your second one has some extra words, and the third one reaches a rather useless conclusion?

    • Curious Mayhem

      Send in your resume πŸ™‚

  • Corlyss

    Blacks will never agree to any tampering with Davis-Bacon, much less elimination.

    • Andrew Allison

      I see that you are fully recovered [/grin]

      • Corlyss

        Thanks, but no, not fully. Other health things were going on when it hit me, and the collected conditions together means a longer recovery from everything.

    • Curious Mayhem

      Just like immigration. I know these people think they’re clever and sophisticated. In fact, they’re destructive goons.

  • FriendlyGoat

    We don’t need a think tank to know:

    1) That the Republican and Democratic governors need something in the public’s interest to agree upon. This is a good subject for that purpose. That’s a good thing. The governors need to get REALLY mad and REALLY loud about this to overcome the otherwise-partisan norm in DC.

    2) That INCOME TAX (not sales tax) revenue from the fracking boom should be funneled into road (and other) infrastructure. Fracking is the main USA boom. Booms are where you get revenue.
    Feeding boom money into other industries (construction) is how you make a bigger, wider boom.

    3) That Davis-Bacon wages, to any extent too high, go to working individuals—-the primary segment which has been screwed over by corporations for 30 years. What could possibly be wrong with that?

  • Anthony

    The despair and cynicism in America is deep but a Blue Model Spasm underlying cause remains debatable. Granted 30 years of government being declared the problem and not the solution to America’s economic (infrastructure in this instance) ills have given blue model critics ostensible evidence supporting contention, the diagnosis remains incomplete. Certainly, policy leadership going forward, as intimated in essay, requires new mindset but not one circumscribed by blue and red criteria. Likewise relative to guidelines addressing national problems (Highway Trust Funds, etc.), no new think tanks are necessary. That is, many proposals, recommendations, (set clear goals and benchmarks, mobilize expertise, end corporatocracy), models, policy actions, etc. are out there to be added to or…. The question is neither reform nor think tanks but where will political will develop to rescue American democracy sans divided nation.

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