Family trip? Be thankful for good roads

Planning a family trip in the USA this summer? Most likely, you'll be driving on some of the world's best roads... made possible by the same cranky folks who pressed for new states in the last century. More than one new state proposal was created by rural groups who were dissatisfied with the terrible backcountry roads that were common in America in the 20s and 30s. Bad roads were not just an inconvenience... without a decent way to get crops to market, they were seen as an impediment to prosperity. Our fun little one-minute video (above) tells the story of one of these proposals: Texlahoma.

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  1. Our roads are in serious need of repair though. The American Society if Civil Engineers gave the USA a "infrastructure report card" of "D" and estimates the USA will have to spend $2 trillion over the next five years to bring it up to grade. I think we need to dedicate 5% of our annual GDP to rebuilding our infrastructure. This would to enable us to rebuild and expand our infrastructure to support the future population and economy, put twenty million people to work rebuilding our country and obliterating unemployment, and add $3 to the GDP for every $1 invested.