We've all been treated to Franco's diatribes regarding political parties, lack of conviction in our voting by voting for the best available candidate IOO, & the many discussions of wastefulness at the national level. So I thought this article interesting to say the least, from Forbes - 4-15-13 - Big Muddy, Big Money - some excerpts:
We'll now be treated to aOriginally Posted by ForbesOriginally Posted by Franco
So after reading the entire above quoted Forbes article:became the opbvious question with this response .Originally Posted by Marvin SNow back to Forbes:Originally Posted by Franco& now it gets better .Trains & Trucks largely pay their own way. Barges don't. The Corps of Engineers spends $800 million a year building, operating & maintaining locks, dams & channels on the river system. of this the barge operators 20 cent/gallon tax on diesel fuel contributes about $80 million, barely 10% of the annual spend. The barge operators pay nothing to move their barges through the system. Railroads pay the entire operating cost of their system ( though they received a lot of land, mostly worth little at that time) when installing their initial tracks. Trucking repays most of the damage they do with over $30 billion paid for about $40 billion in highway outlay.
Trucking - 8.8 billion tons/year - most of the $40 bil expense repaid from Fuel tax
Railroads- 1.9 Billion tons/year - self financed
Waterways - .4 Billion tons/year - 92% federal subsidyThere's a lot of verbiage & hysteria in the other portions of the article but it really boils down to this:Originally Posted by Forbes
1) Franco voted proudly for Mary Landrieu as he felt she was good for the state - while berating us for supporting RMoney
2) Franco brags about LA's low unemployment rate, at whose expense?
3) Franco owes some of us he has called out an apology as apparently he does not know or want others to know how LA's prosperity is derived.
4) If the barges can't pay their own way should they be shut them down?
I guess this is a payback for the years in ND with 1 bird limits while LA enjoyed 4 & 5 bird limits .