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View Diary: Getting It: Interstate Commerce & the New Deal (290 comments)

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  •  I do hope it (none)
    will. I just have a sick feeling it won't

    "Once in a while you get shown the light In the strangest of places if you look at it right"

    by molly bloom on Tue Dec 14, 2004 at 06:41:24 PM PST

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    •  Interstate Commerce (none)
      I wonder what this will do to the governments ability to build things like interstates highways.  Roads were always State projects until the Interstate program came along under Eisenhower.

      Pride goeth before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:8

      by PJ 7 on Wed Dec 15, 2004 at 02:47:17 PM PST

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      •  Not true. (none)
        Under the oldest and narrowest readings of the Commerce Clause, the Federal Government built roads to facilitate Commerce. The first was the National Road, now Route 40, between Baltimore and Wheeling, WV.

        As recently as the 1980s, it followed the original route, but large stretches were destroyed with the construction of Interstate 68.

        The National Road (also known as the Cumberland Road, Cumberland Pike, National Pike and Western Pike) was created by an Act of Congress in 1806 and signed by President Thomas Jefferson. The act called for a road connecting the waters of the Atlantic with those of the Ohio River.

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