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Trucking presents highway problems. Top left, loaded trucks roll along Maryland highway.
Tests were run to determine how much damage trucks inflicted on roads. Inset photo beneath
'fucks show measurement being taken of crack in road surface caused by heavy truck traffic,
engineers studied road cracks daily to record their growth. Top right, long line of trucks wait
J° unload tomatoes. Lower right, Ohio Highway Patrol keeps close check to prevent over-
'OQded trucks from crushing roadbeds.
'"'■tils in.iele possible by private Initiative.1
W hen you suggest private toll reeetels.
■' whole generation ol Americans who
uave been taught to believe in public
*orks. who have somehow ;il,s,>rl,<<l th.'
"imiiiitii-l notion lhat profit is evil
;"nl thai the only good activity is thai
S|||icr\ iseel hy bureaucrats and poli-
'"ians. start screaming aboul the importance to lln- American weiv of life
"' maintaining our free roads."
lint no road is Inc. Everyone who has
'"(''i driven an automobile on a road in
"' I nited Steele's heis helped to pay for
Moreover, to permil privately-owned
."'I roads would mil necessitate curtail-
'"" the building of state-owned roads
'l,l|'l for oui of teixcs levied on people
*«0 us,, them."
. loll nt.uls, in all sleilcs where they
Jv<' been built, are a financial sue-
spending program, they have to be
fairly accurate in their predictions, because there is a limit to the amount of
money they can gel: and if they miss
their guess, thev will go broke. Gov-
ernment spenders, however, work it the
other way around. They simply name
a figure that sounds all right to get a
program started, knowing full well lhat
nine' governmenl is committed to the
program, the people will have to keep
putting up lhe money lo complete il.
regardless of how much it costs or bow
economically unsound il may turn out
The network of highways now being
planned is based on the- ne'e els as government schemers now see them, and
it will take ten years lo complete the
plan. Hut what will our needs be ten
years From now?
General Lucius Clay claims that the
road system he's planning is actually
being designed to handle lln- needs of
this nation in 1975. How ileus General
Clay or anyone else know what the
ne'cels erf ihe American people in the
field of automotive transport will he
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SLOW MOTION—A 228-ton stator, on a many-wheeled trailer hauled by truck, inches
along a California highway over planks laid on the road to prevent concrete breakage. This
was believed to be one of the heaviest loads ever hauled by truck. The stator was moved
from Camp San Luis Obispo to Morro Bay for installation in a new power plant.
because people' w ho have a choice
"'iwi'i'ii the so-called free pul,lie roads
""I the i,,11 roads elect lo use ihe toll
|'';"k Tlnv have discovered that the
,°" roads are freer them the so-called
pul,lie roads. Thai's why they use
federal governmenl proposes,
period of ten years, lo stimulate
putting up federal funds to match
..''''' funds. The fe-ele-reil government is
■ r''a<l\ operating in the reel, eunl thcre-
J lOl-billiondollar i
can't raise its portion ol lhe money
(1"1'- il goes in debt for il. Bul a fcei-
'•' law says lhal the federal govern-
■ ''"l cannol mi anv deeper in debt than
""« does the federal governmenl
5r°pose I,, violate ils own law ? \\ hy,
mancing of this multi-billion-dol
FORUM NEWS. Mav. 1955
road program is going to be done outside the federal budget. The governmenl
will sel up a federal corporation which
has mi resources, hut which nonetheless
will guarantee lhe bonds whose sale
will raise' eill of ihis money.18
PROPOSAL IS AN OUTRAGE
The' proposal is an outrageous,
poorly-concealed efforl to evade lln- federal law eunl plunge the governmenl
man) hillioiis of dollars deeper in debl
for a federal aid-to-highways program
which the federal governmenl should
met l.e- involved in in the first place.
Suppose we- undertake the adminis-
Iralion's 1 (11-billion-dollar. Ien-ycar
highway building program? We- know
that governmenl spending programs
never steev within the original estimate.
When private individuals projeel a
Suppose General Clay and his group
of advisers, or Harry Truman, or Mis.
Roosevelt, or even Arthur Schlesinger,
Jr., had been running things in 1')()()
and had I,ecu given the task of finding
a solution within fifty-five years to any
one of the following problems?
1. To increase lhe average span of
life of human beings hy thirty years.
2. To convey instantly lhe sound of
ee voice speaking al one place lo any
other point or einv number of points ail
over lln- world.
3. Tee convey instantly the visual
image, the animated picture, of an
action or individual lo men and women
in their living rooms or clubs all over
I. lo develop a medical cure for