Anyone with half a brain will see this is the ideal time to borrow money from the rest of the world to put Americans to work rebuilding the nation's infrastructure. Problem is, too many in Washington have less than half a brain.
Rather than tinker around the edges with temporary tax cuts and more government spending, we should embrace a bolder and more effective plan to open markets and create powerful growth incentives by reforming taxes, regulations and entitlements.
An accumulation of evidence suggests that the days of rapid, steady growth in vehicle travel are over. Why then is Washington arguing about how much to spend building our grandfather's transportation network?
For many, big government is a four-letter word, but newly released poverty and income data signal the need to invest in large-scale programs and initiatives that have the potential to turn the country around.
I think about how can we get back to that patriotic time after 9/11. How can we all come together? Why can't we put ourselves back to work and rebuild what we -- and the bully next door -- brought down?
One critique you're beginning to hear about the infrastructure ideas in the president's jobs proposal is that the Recovery Act's infrastructure programs were some kind of bust, of never got started, or whatever. Demonstrably untrue.