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Government should stay out of rail service, port dredging
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      Wednesday’s paper had two stories about the state government getting involved in high speed passenger rail service and the deepening of the Port of Savannah so it can accommodate the new super large cargo ships. Both stories point out what has gone wrong with the role of government in this country.
      The rail passenger story indicated that a referendum on the August 12 primary ballot would ask us to vote to add a 1-cent sales tax. They want us to vote for government rail service. They state that the federal government will provide matching funds.
      Never mind the massive debt of the federal government. Never mind the fact that all passenger rail service in the country requires the taxpayers to subsidize them. Never mind the fact that New Jersey and Florida turned down federal dollars to build a passenger rail service because those states recognized the money pit that passenger rail service would become for the taxpayers.
      The other story talked about the governor trying to get $600 million federal tax dollars to dredge the Port of Savannah. Again, never mind the fact that the federal government is drowning in debt.
      Both are noble projects that have the potential of helping the state of Georgia. My question is why are we looking to government to do this? Look for a private sector capitalist solution.
      Here is mine. Get the government rules, regulations and business taxes out of the way, so that a private company can be formed to put together a business plan to build and operate a high-speed rail system at a profit.
      The company raises the necessary capital by selling stock in the company. Liberals can put their money where their mouth is by buying the stock. Do the same for the Port Authority of Savannah. The only government involvement is getting out of the way of business. Finally, the taxpayers are not stuck paying for white elephants run by government. If the private sector cannot do it at a profit, government has no right to do it and burden the taxpayers.
      Maybe we can find a member of the state Legislature willing to purpose this solution.
Tom McElwee

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