I visited a museum recently that described the construction of the National Road, the first federally mandaded interstate hiway.
It had a display depicting a road cross section. there was a sub base made of 4” rock about 24” thick and a sub base of 2” rock maybe 16 “ thick.
There were two iron circles welded to rod handles and an iron mallet on display. There was a drawing of a man with a rock in one hand and and the mallet in the other. He would break up the rock. If it passed through the 2” circle it went in one pile, If bigger but smaller than the 4” circle it went in a separate pile.
Perhaps that is the infrastructure building jobs we need now. Three meals and a cot and 10 hours on th job
Hmmmm. That sounds like prison labor. Not a bad idea when you think about it.
If you saw this museum you no doubt know that the National Road was the subject of the first big Congressional slugfest about the proper role of Government.
Many in the Congress felt that building roads was NOT a proper function of the Federal Government. And they nearly prevailed. Some of us wish perhaps that they had.