reply to post by Axial Leader
Nasa-famous for project delays and cost overruns in the billions of dollars...
The Internet- you mean that DARPA project? as in the black hole for money DARPA? how many billions did it cost? how much would it really have cost if
it had not been run as a black project from the start and then adapted to civilian use...not to mention that the funding for it comes through private
Interstate Highway System- don't get me started...driven much lately? roads are in a constant state of disrepair, and the idiots can't seem to plan
ahead when widening one lane at a time instead of doing 3 and not having continuous construction for 8 years running. and the roads are paid for not
just by the feds, but a third comes from local govt taxes(such as sales and property taxes, bond sales, etc) which are in the case of taxes,
perpetually rising to make up for the debts incurred by overspending in the social programs
Manhattan Project- well i can't argue here, we definitely got some bang for our buck there. only spent $5 billion per bomb
Panama Canal- nothing like false propaganda by William Cromwell regarding the proposed Nicaragua route in favor of the Panamanian route that would run
through the land of his clients, rather wealthy clients that is, the violation of a foreign state, Colombia, and the creation of a new banana republic
in the form of Panama, in exchange for a lease. Yes, a naval blockade is an act of war, but hey, it worked out fine for us right... Tolls were raised
almost 30% in 1979 and additionally by another almost 10% in 1983...while operational costs remained more or less the same... ahh, the smell of govt
efficiency and it only cost 27,500 lives, well at least in the construction phase, no counts on how many from the US instigated war
Rural Electrification Project- now all the power is owned by private companies, not the govt, despite the vast investment by Dept of Ag to set it up,
and the operational and upkeep costs are still passed onto consumers, so not really an example of govt running something well, just an example of
private corporations using cronies in govt to pay for their new cash cows
Hoover Dam- well it does serve its purpose, but at what cost? no regard was given to the ecological impacts so that's a fail in my book because the
alteration of the water cycle has (imo) caused at least some of the drought issues
Transcontinental Railway- From 1850-1871, the railroads received more than 175 million acres (708,000 km²) of public land - an area more than one
tenth of the whole United States and larger than Texas. Paid for by public bond sales at discount rates, the land was then resold by the railroads at
significantly higher rates, with area near the railroad at a steep premium..so Union Pacific made off like bandits on the US taxpayers dime via bond
sales and subsidies on each mile of RR built. up to $48k/mile. Yes the bonds were paid when they came due, but the land was sold to the RRs at such a
discount that the resale of the land back to the American people could have paid for the RRs themselves. And the Crédit Mobilier scandal due to
Congressman Oakes Ames and Thomas Durant using shell companies to collect additional govt subsidies, as well as steering the path of the rail towards
personal landholdings to increase both mileage (and therefore subsidies) as well as personal land value? not a success story for the govt, imo.
but hey, look at the great indoctrination system, i mean education system that we have...give all the money to the feds, who take their cut to run a
bureaucracy and then send a percentage back to the communities to run their schools...what a system...
THE GOVT IS A RACKET. THAT'S ALL THERE IS TO IT.