Tliiil was one side. The other side
will come nexi.
Flore are arguments <>f some who
DO NOT approve of Ike's proposed
ten-year highway huildin^ program.
Ike's Highway Program
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other supplies and road-building equipment would gel billions in additional
business. Willi the extra business, the
construction industry would stay strong.
New roads would stimulate the building
of new factories, suburbs, and shopping
Once the job is eleem- and traffic can
move more freely and rapidly, the financial benefits will flow lo automobile and
lire manufacturers, to the gasoline- eunl
travel industry. All commerce will
made more efficienl through easier,
quicker movement ol goods.
Some criticism of the President's
plan has come from people who have
lhe mistaken notion that toll roads can
correct our serious highway problem.
But toll roads, as experience has shown.
can be made to pay for themselves only
on the most heavily traveled highways,
and these eire ei minute proportion of
the total. Less than ei thousand miles of
toll roads eire in use today. If twenty
thousand miles of toll roads were buill
that would Still be only one-half of one
per cent of all the federal aid highways.0
Only the federal government can
properly supervise the planning and
building of a highway system which
will serve the needs of all the people'
"i our expanding economy. The President's highway program is a good beginning toward ihe solution of a critical
The program mighl also poinl the
j*aj in new programs for school eunl
'"'spiled construction. As we widen
We undeniably have a critical short-
age of safe and adequate highways in
the I nited States. Hui why musl wc turn
to the federal governmenl lo solve ihis
The standard assumption of all dictators and Socialist planners is lhat people do not have enough sense lo
manage their own affairs; lhat people
don'l have enough decency to help lake
care eil the- aged ami sick in their own
community- or even lo educate their
ei73 ii children. Therefore-, government
must do all of these things for them.
Government musl lake everything that
everyone earns, put it in a big pot, and
then dole back out to all the portions
which governmenl thinks each one
ought lo have. That is total socialism,
ll is also, of course', total slavery.10
Today we in the I nited Slates arc
jusl about half-slave and half-free. If
you could compute eill of the taxes lhat
you eictueilly pay in direct income tax.
\.eiieeiis federal emd stale and local excise and retail seilcs (axes, plus the
hidden taxes which go into the high
cosl ol everything you must buy—you
woulil discover lhat somewhat more
—Wide World Photos
I fcHlGHWAY HEADACHES—Across the nation, traffic snarling is a major problem. Top
T™, Holiday week-enders crowd eastbound lane to New York City as they return from New
Jersey while no cars are in sight on westbound lane. Top rigl.t, during transit strike in Wash-
.n9ron. D.C.. cars utilized street car tracks for parking space along Pennsylvania Avenue.
J*er left, California highway patrolmen set up roadblock to check cars and drivers as part
°f Los Angeles' eitensive campaign to cut traffic fatalities and accidents. Lower right, traffic
0ngestion at an intersection in Detroit.
FORUM NEWS, May, 1955
—Wldo World Photos
Toll fees are charged those who use certain roadways. Top, an automatic collector
on the Garden State Parkway near South
Amboy, New Jersey, collects quarter toll.
Device also photographs license plates of
those who try to "beat" the collector. Lower,
"For Whom Belles Toll." New York State
Thruway Authority has issued toll collectors-
badges to seventeen women. Photo shows collector receiving money from motorist at an
interchange south of Albany. In all, the Thru-
way Authority has 343 toll collectors.
than 50 per cent of everything vou
make (regardless of how low your
salary may be) goes to government.
Everyone of us as an Individual
knows lhal if he could keep all the
money that governmenl takes away
from him. he- could make heller use
of il them governmenl does.1"
Acl. collectively, as a nation of people'. ». permit government lo lake half
of every dollar we meike on the silly,
socialistic assumption lluit politicians
and bureaucrats can make better use of
il than we can.10
Acl. if you I whom we presume lo be
incapable of managing vour own affairs) arc ilea teal lo Congress, or hy any
means become a bureaucrat or government official, then we assume thai vou
have enough s,.||se- to manage everybody's eif fairs.
MORE BRAINS OUTSIDE?
\\ hat have we ever seen in the performance ol governmenl that justifies
ihis naive failh in the mystical trans-
Formation of people- who become
bureaucrats? If you watch the performance of people in Congress, in the
administration, and in ihe governmental
agencies, you can hardly fail to conclude' thai there- are more brains oul-