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Facts Forum. Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 5, May 1955 - File 005. 1955-05. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 18, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/419/show/354.

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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 5, May 1955
Alternate Title Facts Forum News, Vol. IV, No. 5, May 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
Creator
  • Facts Forum
Contributor
  • Evans, Medford
Publisher Facts Forum
Date May 1955
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
Place
  • Dallas, Texas
Genre
  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 4 1955; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Transcript 4 ■?-£ ue nf ARS ghwaya ey are lnl.il.-' millieii' streets. cliicli'- laliuii-' ceway. n cars. weight. earinf tain.8 steps priil'- ,- gaso- I new ■ high huge illinli- lll tlltlt'' plants- .,-. tin' s wei- i rn "f a- de- prices ar II I pre- pro- 191!'" battle ■nt —Wide World Photo 'l il Our entile ee ny depends oil 'utomotive transport. We are a nation "II Wheels.' Our automotive transport system is "'litallv an extension of our nation's ■'"'inl.lv lines. Our products come out ""' doors of the plants onto 1 links "hich move across our interstate highway system, bringing these products "to every state, v illage, and home. Every delay because of highway con- jjestion adds ;t few cents here, a few ''"Ileus there, in lln- cosl of everything Ul' produce.' Our in.nls are' obsolete. Thev arc also :' dangerous drag nn mir prosperity, 'hey interfere wilh the market for cars lr"l Inn k-. By SO dning. they cut the ''''"i.uiil for edl the materials going into 'ilrs and trucks. Thev curl, the growth "' "ur metropolitan areas. Hy so doing. '"> iiirl. ihe growth of the economy -'''""Hilly.-1 TRAFFIC DEATHS EXCEED WAR TOLL 'be human cosl is even greater, 'heady, we have' killed more than a ""'linn people in fifty years w iih autn- '""l.il.-. Thirty million more have' been "lured. The economic Inss from these ''' iilenis is close in three billion dollars, 'atomobile accidents have taken twice ,|S many American lives as wc have lost 111 'ill our wars. Anil the number injured '" traffic accidents is twenty-five limes ."' number nf men wounded in wars """<■ the firsl minuteman fell al Lexing lo" 17!, years aeo." The problem continues to grow worse. In 1051. there were fifty-eight million tn..I..r vehicles registered in this country, li is estimated Lhal in 1965 we will have eighty million registered vehicles on our highways, anil that they will I ravel 815 billion miles during lhal year.' If theii sounds appalling, jusl think of 1975 for then we must expect a registration of ninety-two million vehicles which will travel an estimated trillion miles a year. That means, in simpler figures, that for every two cars on tin- crowded mads nf today, there will 1..' three cars in 1975. Traffic accidents will kill forty thousand Americans ihis year ami injure 1,350,000.' The worst bottlenecks in our highway systems an' in the greal cities. Hen- is where the most cosllv delays occur. Traffic jams waste billions of man- hours ei year eiml seriously interfere with the' distribution of industrial products. ROAD TO SURVIVAL JAMMED? Suppose weir broke out tomorrow? In this age' of the' H-bomb, there is no longer safely in digging in. It will be necessary to evacuate the great industrial lilies within range of the lied air force'. II.iw could they possibly l.e evacuated when, even nn a normal peacetime day, lite highways arc lammed?8 If the bomb ever comes, our chances for survival will depend on our mobility —the speed with which wc can evacuate these urban areas ami the facility with which we can shift our defense forces and gel our battered industrial plemls back into operation. The bold, imaginative plan for highways proposed by President Eisenhower is indeed welcome in this critical time. II shows thai he is aware of the necessity fe>r em adequate highway system in ineit not only wartime needs, but peacetime needs as well. A huge increase in road building is necessary if the national economy is to continue expansion if the nation's liv ing standards are to continue upward. Future highwa) construction must he planned to serve- an economy which the Presidenl heis estimated will rise to 500 billion dollars worth of goods and services annually within ten years. This highwa) construction musl be planned far in advance', with em eve loward future rather than present needs, if we are lo avoid our past mistakes. The plan proposed l.v the Presidenl ami his advisers le.nks ahead lo lhe needs of 1975. vvith its estimated ninety-two million vehicles." The best pari of the plan is lhat it can I"' paid fnr withoul increasing taxes, without increasing the national eli l.t. without increasing federal appro priations. It will, in fact, actually save the p.e.pie- of tlie United Stales fifty billion dollars over the next ten years." Here's how il works. Under the 1951 Federal-Aid Highway .Ad. lln- govern- menl is committed to spend 965 million dollars on federal highway aid for lhe year ending June. 1956. This appropriation is jusl about equal lo the gaso line and oil taxes ihe government collects and funnels into lite United Slales Treasury.9 PAY-AS-YOU-USE PLAN The' Presidenl will use a part of lhe-. federal-aid funds to finance the new program'. A Federal corporation will Inset up to issue bonds for the ten-year pie.jeai. One-third of the federal aid funds collected from gasoline ami oil taxes will pay the interest and amorti/a lion on lhe bonds. In simpler language, ihis is a kind nf pay-as-you-use plan—a proposal in make tomorrow's traffic pay for the highways ii will l.e using -highways which are planned and built today to accommodate the traffic of tomorrow. Where does lhe fifty billion dollars saving come in? From the decreased .-..■I- nf operation of trucks and automobiles. Eisenhower's advisory committee has pointed nut thai the reci nended improvements to our road system will cut vehicle operating costs a cent a mile—a national seiving of fifty billion dollars in ten years." This js probably an understatement of the actual savings to be realized from the improved highway system. \n adequate highway system will mean a savings of billions of man hours. Jobs would be provided for many thousands of construction workers. Companies selling cement, steel, ami (Continued mi Pttge 23) facts FORUM NEWS. May, 1955 —Wide World Pholo President Eisenhower is shown receiving from retired General Lucius Clay recommendations for a 1 01-billion-dollar federal-state highway program. The President and Clay hold a map of a "strategic network" of interstate highways. Clay is chairman of a presidential advisory committee which drew up the proposed program. Taut' .'!
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