But Who Will Build the Roads??

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While standing near the site of a $5.8 million highway project, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, complained, “Tea party members don’t think there’s a federal role in transportation!”

John Stossel countered, “If only most tea party members were that radical.” He went on to explain all the problems that arise when governments try to build roads, trails, and mass transit systems. He concluded with this:

How about going the opposite route? Let people live where they choose, let private entities build roads and mass transit (many roads and even most of New York City’s subways were privately built), and let user fees from commuters pay for roads and transit.

There is justice in that idea: People who love to drive will pay for it, and those who don’t want to pay have an extra incentive to move to those urban spaces planners like so much.

In a market, everybody wins. With government planners, it’s always “My way or the highway.”

What do you think? Should Tea Party members be “more radical” in their views about who builds the roads?