Infrastructure. It’s been a hot topic on both sides of the political aisle since before the last presidential election. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was pushing for it under President Obama. Candidate Trump was pushing for it before he had the GOP nomination locked up. It’s popular; Americans are usually in favor of putting tax dollars to work on building bridges, fixing roads, and securing our delicate infrastructure assets.
But it’s a hard pill to swallow when the price is considered. There are two major challenges to improving American infrastructure. The first is bureaucracy, specifically the environmental aspect of government. Both state and federal environmental protection agencies are addicted to stopping any project they deem to be harmful to the environment, which is pretty much everything. The second is the labor unions that make the costs of getting infrastructure done so outrageous, it’s not cost effective.
This video by PragerU breaks down the challenges and offers solutions to our infrastructure woes. Kyle Smith of National Review details examples of how unions and environmental policies keep potholes from being filled.
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