John Stossel: Who will build the roads?
If only most Tea Party members were that radical.
As Cato Institute transportation analyst Randal O’Toole points out, the construction of the nation’s federal highways was largely complete in 1982, but instead of reducing the gas tax that helped pay for them, Congress raised the tax and spent much of the money on things like bicycle trails and “mass” transit.
We should have known that an inevitable side effect of a distant central government spending these billions is that road construction isn’t determined by local supply and demand. Often “mass” transit carries few passengers, while nearby roads are congested.
It turns out that government spent your billions on urban transit based on surveys that asked people if they want to live in “walkable communities.”
In a market, everybody wins. With government planners, it’s always “My way or the highway.”
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