Our Socialist Highways
In 1956, Socialist Leader Dwight D. Eisenhower forced the United States Congress to pass The Federal Aid Highway Act, thereby creating over 40,000 miles of good, interstate highways, allowing carefree travel for all Americans, creating jobs right and left, increasing prosperity, and imposing a Socialist agenda on an otherwise freedom-loving populace.
This long road to oppression began with the founding fathers, chiefly Benjamin Franklin, who shrewdly foisted social programs on an innocent public. Before colonists even knew what hit them, they were suffering from libraries and fire departments. Even worse, they were swindled into pooling their money for street lights and street sweepers on public streets, thereby coercing people to shop in comfort and forcing shop owners to work long hours selling their goods.
Let me begin again.
In the early 1950s, Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower promoted the idea of enacting legislation to improve the nation’s highways, thereby making the movement of troops and military goods within our homeland much easier. After some wrangling, as is almost always the case in a democracy, a bill was proposed and passed by both houses of Congress. Eisenhower signed the bill into law in 1956. It funded the new highway system with taxes on gasoline, levied by both the federal goverment and individual state governments. Work soon began on the new highway system.
There were, of course, unintended consequences. With new jobs being created, new businesses sprang up along the new highways. As the roads improved and cars could operate better, Americans began to take long drives for pleasure. Restaurants and gas stations had to be built to take care of the new trade, along with the new “motor hotels,” so people could travel away from home for more than a day and sleep comfortably at night. Our National Parks began to get more and more visitors. Cars were in demand and had to be made. In short, the whole nation benefitted from new jobs, increased sales, and, importantly, increased government income from taxes.
As with many social programs, the benefits were huge, going way beyond the original stated purpose of moving troops and material around the country more easily for national defense.
And in truth, this kind of social program where the many pooled their money for the benefit of all did get a big boost from Benjamin Franklin. He was so busy getting people to join together to fund something for the good of all that he even began to be embarrassed by it, frequently talking other people into taking the lead on a project.
Many people who call themselves conservatives claim to hate all government, especially what they call “big” government. But only big government can pull off something as comprehensive and beneficial as the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956. At the state and local level, it still takes some strong government to create a public school system, a public library, a police department, or a fire department.