Feds decide states can revenue generate federal militarized highway system

Kurt Nimmo
April 30, 2014

October 17, 1957 Federal Interstate Highway System plan. Illustration: Wikimedia Commons
October 17, 1957 Federal Interstate Highway System plan. Illustration: Wikimedia Commons

Americans have shelled out billions in taxes to build and maintain federal highways. Now Obama wants them to pay tolls to drive on them.

The rip-off is contained in a $302 billion White House transportation bill. It would nullify a ban on converting the interstate highway system into a revenue generation toll road system.

The feds may try to stifle states’ rights at all turns, but they are using the argument to push the proposal.

“We believe that this is an area where the states have to make their own decisions,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “We want to open the aperture, if you will, to allow more states to choose to make broader use of tolling, to have that option available.”

Government blames more fuel efficient cars for the dilemma. Because of this efficiency – itself a government mandate – the Highway Trust Fund is in trouble. According to the feds, the 18.4 cent per gallon federal gas tax can’t meet demand. President Reagan jacked up the tax from four to nine cents. George H. W. Bush raised it to 14 cents and Bill Clinton brought it up to the current rate.

“The proposal comes at the crucial moment for transportation in the last several years,” Foxx said. “As soon as August, the Highway Trust Fund could run dry. States are already canceling or delaying projects because of the uncertainty.”

The federal government highway system was a product of the war machine pawned off as a modern Autobahn for the common folk. The German Bundesautobahnen was built by the Nazis, who had a penchant for merging public and military projects under totalitarian government. Fascism excels at this sort of thing.

The American federal government highway system was proposed by President and former General Dwight D. Eisenhower who was influenced by his experience as an Army officer participating in the 1919 Army Convoy on the first road spanning America, the Lincoln Highway.

The military had long planned a national highway system, beginning with a map submitted by General John J. Pershing in 1922. In 1956, Eisenhower signed the National Interstate and Defense Highways Act into law. Initially pegged at $25 billion, the lumbering system eventually cost $425 billion.

The continual problem of funding infrastructure would not be an issue if the projects had started as private ventures. Toll roads would be acceptable if public money had not been used to build and maintain highway system. Inefficient and corruption plagued government cannot build and maintain a nation’s roads without endlessly raising taxes. Government has raided the Highway Trust Fund under the pretext of deficit reduction. In other words highway money has been used to fund general government spending. This sort of deceptive shell game is normal behavior for unaccountable government.

“Even the most ardent liberal and passionate conservative can agree that when they pay gasoline taxes, the least they expect is a road and bridge system that won’t crumble beneath their feet,” writes Ron Paul. “Before any subsidies or welfare payments are paid out, before social security is handed out to illegal immigrants, or health care is given to everyone, before bridges to nowhere are built at home, or entire countries bombed and rebuilt abroad, before any other myriad of exotic government projects are even considered, infrastructure should be attended to and taken seriously.”

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