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Quote from Book, "Artificial River" by Carol Sheriff
7-5-13 | Self

Posted on 07/05/2013 5:42:25 PM PDT by CincyRichieRich

Great book, great part of history...The Artificial River is a great read on the Erie Canal...should be a course at universities replacing say, studies of Beyonce or the "Artwork of Madonna", etc. Anyway, there's lots of history. I found a great quote, from page 24, where the author talks about the difference between Practical Republicans and Southern Republicans...Practical ones rejected Adam Smith's laissez-faire economy...here's from the book:

Practical Republicans thought the government should guide economic developments by adopting protective tariffs and investing in internal improvements; they also rejected Adam Smith's ideas about a laissez-faire economy. To ensure a just and virtuous commonwealth, they desired a government run by individuals who had proved their mettle in a market economy, achieved financial success, and demonstrated a commitment to good works. These successful men believed they had a moral obligation to help uplift those below them, and in turn they expected deference from those they helped.


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Well, a guy can dream, can't he? Wow, wouldn't it be nice that instead of a bunch of lawyers and weasels we had business people, like, say, Herman Cain or x, or y, or z in the house and/or senate? Or even the presidency?
1 posted on 07/05/2013 5:42:25 PM PDT by CincyRichieRich
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To: CincyRichieRich

When it comes to government funding of infrastructure if its filling an existing need that will enable and grow commerce I’m OK with it. The new Detroit river bridge will help to alleviate a freight bottleneck at the second busiest freight crossing on the continent. (it helps that Canada is paying for it)

If its Cargo cult infrastructure that is supposed to magically create a need, I’ll take a pass. High speed rail is like building a modern full capacity airport in the center of the Brazilian rainforest and expecting a city to spring up around it.


2 posted on 07/05/2013 6:06:07 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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High speed rail is like building a modern full capacity airport in the center of the Brazilian rainforest and expecting a city to spring up around it.

That's what UN Agenda 21 is intended to do.

First you make it so expensive to own property via zoning laws and taxes that you effectively outlaw private property.

Then you lure the property-less peasants to high rise containment facilities on both coasts with promises of free food and shelter and suddenly a 1000 mile long city springs up along your high-speed rail corridor.

3 posted on 07/05/2013 6:10:51 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Who could have known that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional news?)
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Then you lure the property-less peasants to high rise containment facilities on both coasts with promises of free food and shelter and suddenly a 1000 mile long city springs up along your high-speed rail corridor.

The Willie Green plan. He supported stripping money from roads and letting them decay to impassibility and when I pointed out that I live 20 miles from the nearest train Depot, he just suggested that I would need to move closer.
4 posted on 07/05/2013 6:29:13 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: CincyRichieRich
the government should guide economic developments by adopting protective tariffs

In other words, paying off their campaign contributors with protected markets. Sorry, I'm with Adam Smith here.

5 posted on 07/06/2013 5:30:42 AM PDT by Notary Sojac (I call it messin' with the kid.)
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