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  •  Why didn't private companies and investors... (1+ / 0-)
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    build the interstate highway system, if the demand was there? Private companies don't invest in things that take decades to pay back and have a lot of indirect benefits to society (rather than direct benefits to the investor) very often. That's why we have government to do that sort of thing. If you disagree, I would suggest you're disagreeing with most of the basic premise of progressivism. We can debate whether rail is the best use of resources, but it's absolutely silly to question whether government should be investing in infrastructure that has a long time horizon and a lack of immediate cost payoff unless you also question that in all the other areas where government does the same thing.

    Also, it's not "your" tax dollars, it's society's tax dollars. Implying that the government's taxation of you to pay for infrastructure that benefits us all in the end is somehow theft of your money is a right-wing meme that I reject.

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