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Just drove from Columbus, O. to Chicago, Ill
and back. Well, actually my destination was Algonquin but I needed to pass through the "Windy". I have discovered that the highway system is a huge repository of orange colored barrels neatly aligned in several strategic locations. In Chicago, you need to pay money to see and dodge them.
Same around here.
There are roadblocks, rolling roadblocks, stops for blasting, closed lanes, detours, etc. Also, repairing the supports to the overpasses. To the highway department's credit, they do announce the planned ones.
All of this is either for repairs, adding lanes, building concrete dividers, building new on or off ramps, and general maintenance.
I suspect these will continue to happen to the loops around and through the city. The more highways and parkways we have, the more of this we can expect.
But I thank Ike! I recall the narrow, winding US 60 between my home town and Louisville. The only relief was through a short 4 laner built for a governor of Kentucky to his home at the time. There were markers along it to test ones speedometer.
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I call it the contractor employment system.
They feed the politicians with donations, and the politicians feed them road construction contracts. It ensures that there will ALWAYS be construction on certain highways.
I can remember when the Dems laughed ar Eisenhower
claiming he was rather dim. I guess the laugh is on them.
Anyone know why Eisenhower wanted an interstate highway system? Think military need.
My memories of Ike's administration....
... are first marked by the fact that I was old enough to cast my first vote, which was for him when he was seeking his first term in 1952. Also in 1956.
My ensuing ones are that he was very well respected by both sides of the aisle. The only humor I remember is that directed toward the hole in Adlai Stevenson's shoe.
Adlai wasn;t disliked as a person, but his liberal advocacy was. So different from today.
During his second campaign, the negative focus was largely on Nixon.
Of course, I can speak only from how it was in the areas in which I lived during those years. It may have been different in yours.
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I was a bit younger but remember one Ike controversy
making headlines in bold letters something to the effect of
"77 BILLION DOLLAR BUDGET"
Seems like pocket change by today's standards.
During his first campaign...
..... he ran on cleaning up "the mess in Washington".
So some things are constant.
But some things are not. Mamie's alcohol problem wasn't an issue raised by the oppositon, for instance.
I have a couple of old news magazines. A lot of quotes from lawmakers sound contemporary. The difference is that they were about issues and why the other party was wrong. Not about their wives, children, brothers, etc.
You are correct about the budget.:-)
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I remember Ike being disparaged by the self proclaimed
political sophisticates in college. They thought JFK was a king.
I remember ''Ike'' too.
He was president all during my military stint. Good Commander in Chief, I thought anyway. After his 2 terms in office many historians concluded that Eisenhower was a near great or even great President.
He was also on the first (Army-organized) transcontinental
driving trip, back in the 20's, KP. I'm not sure military need really was his motivation -- remember, despite his background, Ike was the one whose farewell address as President warned against the military-industrial complex. Too bad the Bush boys weren't paying attention!
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Interstate highways are obsolete before they are even finished. Around here, its stop & go, bumper to bumper or 80 mph. Its no fun out there anymore.