Note: I posted this yesterday, then went back to edit a typo I noticed. In a stunning display of blogging ineptitude, I managed to delete the diary rather than edit it! Trying again…. — CountryCat
“What grows the economy, unfortunately,” is not giving everybody in the country $600……; that money's going to go overseas. What grows the economy is basic infrastructure.”
Such a simple concept, and Congressional candidate, Josh Segall, articulates the problem and solution in this video from his visit to Huntsville, AL a couple of weeks ago.
He also discusses how “Alabama could be one of the leaders in the country when it comes to alternative fuels” except that “the biggest impediment to building refineries to produce cellulosic ethanol” is infrastructure. You need tanker trucks to ship ethanol, but “we have 1200 bridges in Alabama that can't hold a school bus,” so you certainly can't drive a 20 ton tanker truck over them.
Other problems with infrastructure also inhibit economic development, Segall noted. In Macon County, you have a “population that's ready to work. But Tuskgee is 35 minutes from the nearest hospital. And until you fix that kind of problem, you're just not going to have jobs.”
Segall closed by explaining that he's not proposing a big-dollar giveaway to poor areas. Rather, it's an investment. Improve the infrastructure, improve the quality of life, and it's suddenly feasible to generate more economic activity through homegrown industries like alternative fuels and attract outside industry because the area is a better place to live and work.
I came away very impressed with Segall's grasp of the issues and plan for economic renewal and development in his district.
But unfortunately, most people in Segall's district may not know much about him yet because they haven't discovered Left in Alabama. We've heard some really good advice recently that it's time for Segall to get up on the air and start introducing himself to his district.
Don't wait for Rogers to define you, Josh. Do it yourself and start selling your proposals! Help him out with a contribution.
Hear him speak about rural and farm issues.