While we see the national economic numbers like everyone else and understand the challenges facing many American cities, these are good days in Oklahoma City. We found a concept that works here: investing in ourselves.
The "American System" has the following insight: The American economy cannot flourish over the long term with merely the financial and resource extraction sectors. American prosperity was built upon the nurturing of human capital.
This study examines the correlation between development of public transportation, increased access to health care, decreased absenteeism, increased secondary graduation rates, and increased workforce health and productivity.
After decades of neglect, our infrastructure is crumbling as maintenance and replacement schedules get pushed back. Much of our aging infrastructure is beyond its useful life or at full capacity. We need to invest in repairing and renewing our crumbling infrastructure before disaster strikes.
Corruption is literally built into the foundations of modern China. The construction and infrastructure sectors are two of the most corrupt in country, putting at risk China's vaunted development, and also potentially endangering its neighbors.
Today, I'll vote yes for the Infrastructure Trust Ordinance because I'm confident that it will prove to be an essential positive for our city. Putting my head in the sand, while our great city crumbles around us is not something I'm willing to do.
As the host of the PBS series America Revealed, which focuses next Wednesday night on our nation's travel infrastructure and how it works, I've had the opportunity to get an up-close look at our roads, rails, buses, air travel systems -- even ferries.
Instead of giving the wealthiest Americans a free ride, why shouldn't we ask them to pay their fair share? That's the only way we are going to bring fairness to our tax system and make our nation stronger, healthier and more competitive.
More than older generations, they say that they will sometimes choose to take alternative transportation as a way to help the environment. Will our leaders notice this important trend? You wouldn't know it looking at Congress.
One cannot read Why Nations Fail during this campaign season without recognizing on every page the authors' criteria for successful nations fulfilled by President Obama's built-to-last economic policies and the failing nations' policies being consciously pursued by Romney-Ryan.
All of us want to put America back on a sustainable fiscal path, but to do so everyone must be asked to pitch in. The Republican budget, however, places the entire burden of deficit reduction on the middle class, seniors, and the most vulnerable.
There is no economy without government; there is no America without government. If all this seems a little elementary, it serves a point. The language we use suggests at the outset an assumption that government should be limited.