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   I’ve just borrowed the title of George Will‘s provocative weekly column that appeared in the Scranton Times-Trib. (circa) Nov. 11, 2016.

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   It’s a great introduction to what the infrastructure issue is all about. [You know, building and maintaining roads, railroads, bridges, pipelines for water and sewage, certain buildings and such.]

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   In short, it’s those structures and devices service our homes, that get us from here to there, and also provide many jobs, cost tons of money and get people angry…

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For Milton Friedman‘s brief example of one issue, use the DOOR.

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   Quoting from Will’s column:

   “The economist Milton Friedman said that once, while he was taken to see a canal that was being dug, he expressed astonishment that there was no heavy earth-moving machinery, only men with shovels. A government official said that was because the project was a jobs program. Well, then, Friedman replied, shouldn’t they use spoons rather than shovels?”

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   Also from Will’s column”

   • Groundbreaking for the Empire State Building was on March 17, 1930 (during the Great Depression). It opened May 1, 1931–just 410 days later.

   •  The Pentagon was built in just 16 months during wartime.

   •  Recent reconstruction of Manhattan’s West Side Highway  took 35 years.