Originally Posted by chiefzilla1501
It's a good thing you weren't around when we were making decisions about whether to invest in building rails, roads, and airports. Many of those infrastructure decisions were made well before the market was ever set. Many businesses, in fact, are built on a market that doesn't exist. I do product marketing all the time. I can't imagine how backwards our business would be if we didn't try to make assumption-built forecasts.
Well, you're wrong. Read How Capitalism Saved America
by DiLorenzo and you'll find that roads were built by private interests before then; that most infrastructure projects have been boondoggles. The problem with the word "infrastructure" is that it keeps expanding to include more and more things that were not always part of "infrastructure." Now it's healthcare.
I am pro growth. I am not a big fan of a lot of infrastructure projects, but don't know why an individual's opinion on a rail should matter if the project does in fact enable businesses in a significant way. At least enough to at least somewhat justify the cost, especially if the private sector funds much of the bill.
Yes, I know, pro-federal government growth. It's not the govt's job to enable business Mr. Hamilton. The issue is, we're bankrupt. Yet we have so-called self-labeled "fiscal conservatives" calling for more spending either because it's a small amount or whatever. A fiscal conservative knows how to say "no" to such arguments as yours and others. They would be like Scrooge. At least for the time being.
Business growth is based on businesses providing services and products people are willing to exchange their money for. It has been just fine in this country without such a rail system. ( excluding the Federal Reserve bubble-bust under Alan Greenspan)
You're full of shit, when you claim to be a fiscal conservative.