Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

December 4, 2012

U.S. Route 219 project would just add to nation’s heavy debt

I read with great interest your article and editorial about Congressman (Bill) Schuster’s new-found chairmanship of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and his goal and possible power to fund the U.S. Route 219 project.

It seems to me that when the country has to borrow 40 cents out of every dollar it spends, doing a project of this magnitude at the time is a poor choice from an economic perspective. Thinking that the cost will ultimately be passed on to my grandchildren makes it an even worse choice, in my view.

If the congressman is so good at finding money for this type of project, he should be able to find the money to pay our debt down. I understand he is also thinking about raising the gasoline tax. How’s that going to affect everyone in these economic times — more per gallon for everyone.

Since when do Republicans raise taxes on everyone across the board — and especially a “stealth” tax such as this?  The long-term view in transportation will ultimately be rapid train and transit construction, not new highway bills.

With this view we can move a lot of people and goods rapidly and ultimately at a lower cost, much as they are doing in China and Japan. We have to start thinking 50 years ahead, not looking 50 years back.

Sid Markowitz

Grantsville

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