Proponents of the Transportation Empowerment Act, such as the conservative Heritage Foundation, argue that the return-on-investment data from the FHA is skewed because the federal money comes with strings attached, namely requirements to pay laborers locally prevailing wages and to comply with federal environmental impact laws. Some conservatives argue such requirements add undue costs to projects, although the degree is a matter of some debate.
The federal dollars also "cannot be used for routine maintenance such as filling potholes or removing snow." Land's ad specifically shows images of potholes, and it's true that the state cannot spend federal money to fix them. Every state tacks on its own gasoline tax, which can be used on routine maintenance.
We cannot successfully transition to the 'New Michigan' if young, talented workers leave our state. By the same token, Michigan will not succeed if major cities don't succeed. We all must be partners in Michigan's reinvention.
We may have seen the Internet come of age in Silicon Valley, but it first came to life in the labs of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The folks at Tempur-Pedic have given us mattresses using technology that was first developed by NASA.
President Obama understands that funding this type of basic government and university research, which might be too risky or expensive for the private sector, is vital to our economic future. That is why he has called for doubling the budgets of research agencies such as the National Science Foundation. His 2011 budget increases funding for civilian R&D by $3.7 billion, or nearly 6%. This illustrates his broader approach to setting this country on a path for long-term economic growth. This administration is trying to rebuild the physical and the regulatory infrastructure that private sector businesses need to thrive.
A: Absolutely not, but I also want to point out this Internet child pornography is a terrible evil. Itís got to be addressed. And everybody knows the way you stop it is go after the money.
A: Well, as president, that would be one of the first things Iíd like to do, since Iíve spent most of my year on an airline this entire time. First of all, weíve got to have the kind of technology on the ground that we have in the cockpit. Weíve got Jetsons-level technology thatís running the cockpit; we have the Flintstones technology on the ground thatís controlling the airplanes. And itís ridiculous. And the second thing, weíve got an incredibly archaic method of the controls where you have incredible traffic coming in to key hubs. I donít want to re-regulate the industry, but the industryís going to have to start either getting in the program--and one thing theyíve got to stop doing is holding the passengers hostage on airplanes for hours and hours without any way of being able to get off those planes. And part of it, I think, is letís make sure that the consumer gets a voice in what happens. And itís got to be a priority.
A: I think itís the new serious area of crime thatís emerging. First of all, letís separate the economics from the safety and security, like we have to do with free trade agreements; that we should not tax the Internet. There are people who are proposing taxing the Internet. Thatíd be a really, really big mistake. We should police the Internet in that we should make sure that child predators arenít taking advantage of the Internet. There are a lot of good state and local law enforcement efforts in that regard. I think a task force between the federal government and state and local governments, in order to police it, to share information--those are the kinds of things that we have to do.
Q: Should we have an FCC-style agency for the Internet?
A: If it becomes worse--Iím not big on setting up new agencies. Iím sort of bigger on making the ones that we have work.
A: Advanced Technology Program would be a good one to start with. It goes towards high-end spending, corporate welfare programs. Thereís an abundance of those. Thatís why you got to change the system, so that it regularly requires a vote of Congress on things to cut. Thatís whatíll actually reduce spending.
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