Skip to comments.Why Can't We Do Big Things Anymore?
Posted on 12/17/2010 3:10:05 PM PST by giant sable
The recent quick fade of the Deficit Commission was the latest reminder that America no longer seems to have the stomach for big challenges. There was a time was it just a generation ago? when Americans were legendary for doing vast, seemingly superhuman, projects: the Interstate Highway System, the Apollo Missions, Hoover Dam, the Manhattan Project, the Normandy invasion, the Empire State Building, Social Security.
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What happened? Democrats and their give away policies.
We have become a total broke welfare state. Thats what happened.
Unions & government happened.
One of the best comparisons I can make is between the Mackinaw bridge in Michigan and the Hoover dam bypass bridge.
Its really quite sad when you look at the stats side by side.
We’re going into debt in a BIG way. Doesn’t that count as big?
50 yrs of Government Indoctrination Schools, instead of academics.
Did you file an environmental impact statement before you posted this?
Because we have to fight the enviromentalist to get anything done. Years of stupid paperwork and studies cost so much we can’t afford any projects.
Well, aside from the main point of this article, the Deficit Commission was appointed by Obama and the Dems. And it showed. I thought their recommendations were lousy.
Yes, we need to solve the deficit, but not by raising taxes.
Uh, you answered it already.
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Well.. A good place to start would be with the lawsuits from the left. Take a highway project. You couldn’t dig because you might kill a population of....wait for it,,,,bugs! Now with the injunction that would take several years of courtroom battles and mucho bucks.
But let’s say there are no bugs there. Ahhh, but there are cars and that means pollution. Lawsuit, followed by years on impact studies. Which of course means boucoup bucks. So the taxpayers are getting soakek and nothing is being built.
While the next logical step would be dealing with the labor unions and the lawsuits, competitive bidding, the fraud and lawsuits from that, let’s assume everything does get built. Granted, years late and way over budget.
Now we need an exit ramp because someone wants to use that highway and generate some revenue from all those cars and trucks going back and forth. A McDonalds for instance.
Just wash, rinse and repeat.
How did it get done during the 40’s and 50’s? Bugs died, cars emitted fumes, companies participated and got paid, the road got built in months instead of years and Cracker Barrel and Stuckeys served crap that would kill you, but it was plentiful and cheap.... And no one cared.
SS, Medicare, Medicaid and now Obama care happened . We are broke and soft. One reason we can not build things is the environmental costs.
We don't let winners win and losers learn -- we "encourage a positive self-image" (as if being rewarded for accomplishing nothing is something to be proud of).
We don't say, "Get up, get over it, and get on with it." -- we say, "You gave it a great effort -- have a trophy."
We point at the great omelettes we made, but are now afraid of breaking eggs.
I like D. Miller's analogy -- we've become a mincing PC leviathon afraid of offending as we tip toe through the world.
Into our Schools, Businesses and our Government!
UNIONS And Socialists Have destroyed our schools our Government and the Government has turned our Businesses into wards of the State.
I believe that our downfall started with our education system. When we started to teach our kids that winning was wrong because we made the others lose, we taught them to give up.
I was a football coach for about 15 years. I told the parents of my kids that I wouldn’t have them take the field unless I and them planned on winning the game. I coached this way with the little guys up through Jr. High. By doing this, you wouldn’t believe how hard those kids worked. Totally positive attitude. We need to change how our kids are taught in school. This will change them as they grow up and may save this country.
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"Namaste! This is Ravi! Well, the reason is, you do not DO anything, anymore."
Seriously,this Service Industry fad was a really bad idea.
There was a time Making Things was respected. Two generations ago, the Temples of Industry starred in Newsreels, like 'Industry On Parade'. We still Make Stuff and Do things, but it does not seem to get the same respect or renumeration as shuffling papers.
"You (Sneer) work in a MACHINE SHOP? A FACTORY? *I* didn't get my degree to get my hands dirty!"
Big government is a big thing and that is where the problem begins and ends.
SocSec was not a superhuman project. It was, and still is, the biggest government boondoggle in history.
If the able-bodied worked and took care of their own, we'd have $BILLIONS to do great things. Some by government (NASA), most by private industry (cars, planes, buildings, entertainment facilities.)
Unions,Government,Apathy,Xbox,Internet,weak indoor culture..
Answer: Equal Rights for all. A Big Tent. Our Diversity is Our Strength. Room at the table. Social Justice. Fairness. All we need is love. Pity for the bad people among us. Give me your votes and I'll give you treasury funds. The growth and spread of a philosophy of eating, drinking, drugging, copulating, evacuating the bowels and snoring as representative of the highest aspirations for most people.
Back in the day, the US had money in the bank and a good credit rating. Now we have no savings, have maxed out all the credit cards, and they are foreclosing on our house.
The “big things”, like the swimming pool and the 40’ RV are both in the back yard collecting mold. And the professionally landscaped yard has not been trimmed in three years. It looks like a jungle.
Give it a few years. We’ll see what the new owners can do with it.
The potential is still here. Its those at the controls who are the problem.
Google, Apple and Facebook have done quite well, but or course they are in the private sector.
Hey, at least we have high self esteem. We think we are worth more than other people!
I give the blame mostly to the media.
The premise that we no longer do anything big is nonsense.
United States has become a giant welfare state. Now the nations is $14 trillion in hock. There is no money to do anything big. We are broke.
The great nations of Asia, are moving in the opposite direction, to DE-CENTRALIZE government controls and are prospering.
Also, the lying, biased mainstream media that distorts reality. Reporting by convenient anectdote, rather reporting the facts.
Heh, Michael Savage has said how the Golden Gate Bridge was built in 18 months by evil white men. It would never get done in the San Francisco of today. They’d be bogged down by all kinds of regulations designed to ensure that they don’t endanger some species of algae and making sure the work force has enough persons of color and transsexuals on it.
That about sums it up. Unfortunately, it is going to take a generation or more of people living in very hard times before we focus once again on the important things. Then, just maybe, we might regain a semblance of our former glory.
It’s not that Obama and his crew think we can’t do big projects, it’s that they must be ones designed to support AGW and other pseudoscience.
“The premise that we no longer do anything big is nonsense.”
The Rat controlled government gave away all our seed stock and does not want industry here.
Because men, masculine men, are the visionaries and true romantics of the world. Feminists are in charge now.
Google, Apple and Facebook seem to be able to do big things and make a lot of money.
It took 13 months from the first shovel to hit the ground to the doors opening at the Empire State Building. It is now almost 2011 and they have not broke ground at the World Trade Center. It’s sad.
“Google, Apple and Facebook seem to be able to do big things and make a lot of money.”
True, but we have a lot of problems starting with the aerospace industry.
Yeah, but let me explain what’s wrong with that. Apple is based in California. But where are all those iPods, MacBooks, and iPads made? Not in California.
“The potential is still here. Its those at the controls who are the problem.”
When you look at the military, you see lions led by donkeys.
LOL, that was good! (Can’t speak Spanish but I can read a little.)
We are no longer a unified America. We’ve been Balkanized by multiculturalism and intimidated by cultural Marxism (political correctness.) Even our sovereignty is being undermined by politicians, bureaucrats and judges who want to impose world socialist government. The Constitution has been abandoned. We’ve become a ship of state without a compass.
Because we believe we have a RIGHT to sit on our asses and have Obamamoney poured over us....and unemployment beats working when you have no skills to begin with!
Apples and oranges. Though I am sure the permitting process and time for the Empire State Building was shorter than it would be today, even without the politics and sideshows.
We have become a Godless nation.
God ejected from public life. Prayer. Bible.
No Fault Divorce.
Homo Sexuality to be accepted and approved of?
Can the Creator God Bless a nation like this?
You can do something about this.
Accept the Christ of Christmas as Lord and Savior.