Trump’s Infrastructure Plan in Cincinnati: How to increase America’s GDP with efficiency and proper investment

It was good to see President Trump return to Cincinnati to give a nice speech about his trillion-dollar infrastructure plan along the Ohio River—where new bridges are desperately needed.  I remember when Obama did a speech trying to invoke the same kind of infrastructure plan at almost the same place, but for that I was very much against—because he didn’t have a plan.  Trump does.  Just a few months into his presidency just the stock market alone has infused over 3 trillion dollars into our economy, so I am confident that this infrastructure plan will pay for itself with increased productivity.  Just a few days ago I listed three key industries that could explode upon the economic scene before the end of Trump’s presidency which could not only pay down the national debt but dramatically increased GDP.  (CLICK HERE TO REVIEW)  It’s the little things that will do the most—things like privatizing the air traffic control system in America.  When Trump announced his air traffic control initiative, the media did little to properly cover it.  They were obsessed with the Russia conspiracy theory and the Comey testimony, but the real news was in Trump’s infrastructure changes.  So here is how the air traffic controller change was listed on the Trump website along with a link to the source material.  This is something to get excited about and is a key to just how and why Trump will be successful whereas Barack Obama was just a babbling idiot.

An evening stranded on an O’Hare airport runway is enough to make anyone mad, and on Monday Donald Trump responded with a plan for improving American air travel. The President endorsed spinning off air-traffic control from the Federal Aviation Administration, a decades-old idea that would improve passenger experience and safety.

Mr. Trump announced principles for converting air-traffic control into a nonprofit. The new entity would be governed by a board of directors, including representatives for airlines, unions, airports and others. Instead of taxes, the outfit would be funded by user fees, which is how Canada has financed air-traffic services since 1996. The outline makes small tweaks to House Transportation Chairman Bill Shuster’s proposal that stalled last year.

The proposal is being dismissed as one of Mr. Trump’s eccentric obsessions, though Al Gore supported a version in the 1990s. President Trump is right that while “every passenger has GPS technology in their pockets, our air-traffic control system still runs on radar,” circa 1945. The FAA’s modernization program known as NextGen is expected to crash through its 2025 deadline by as much as a decade.

One illustration is electronic flight strips. U.S. towers use pieces of paper to monitor a flight’s progress, even as FAA has promised to transition to digital slips, among other technology updates. How’s that going? The product will be rolled out somewhere between 2020 and 2028—to only 89 of the busiest towers, as the Reason Foundation’s Robert Poole has detailed. Canada’s air-traffic system NavCanada deployed electronic strips a dozen years ago.

In May the Transportation Department Inspector General offered some reasons why the FAA so routinely fails to deliver new technology: “overambitious plans, unreliable cost and schedule estimates, unstable requirements, software development problems, poorly defined benefits, and ineffective contract and program management.” Is that all?

FAA regulates itself, so a separation would end this conflict-of-interest and allow the agency to focus on safety and certification. This reform is endorsed by the International Civil Aviation Organization, and only the most cynical on the left could claim a spinoff threatens passenger safety. Democrats will say Mr. Trump is auctioning off air traffic to big business, but the principles are explicit that the entity must be a nonprofit. The outline gives airlines only two seats on the 13-member board.

Some on the right may also torpedo the plan. Among the complaints: The nonprofit would be given the air-traffic control assets at no cost, though no company would buy the equipment in this scrapyard. Another is the suspicion that anything supported by the air-traffic controller union must be unacceptable. Both the Shuster plan and the Trump principles say that current union contracts would be honored, which is hardly a major victory for labor.

Still, the more remarkable feat is how many in the industry agree on the basics: The airline trade group supports a spinoff, and last year so did the air-traffic controller’s union, which said it will evaluate the specifics of any bill. Former FAA chief officers and Transportation Secretaries also signed on. That’s a testament to how inefficient the current system is. And perhaps the traveling public can relate to Mr. Trump’s venting on Monday about having “to circle for hours and hours” over an airport.

It was really strange, I live in Cincinnati where this Trump speech occurred and leading up to it, even on conservative radio stations there was almost no coverage of it. The big television stations around town did almost no promo work for it, as opposed to the exact same type of speech that Barack Obama gave a number of years ago where the entire city came to almost a standstill to contemplate his arrival. Trump came and delivered a really good speech that has real, tangible contributions to the future of the world, and nobody covered it. They did carry the speech live on WLW radio at 1 PM but it was obvious that there was much more interest in the four home runs that Red’s player Scooter Gennett hit the night before.

With the Comey testimony happening the next day and the revelation that the loser Reality Winner as a 25-year old liberal radical stole NSA documents and leaked them to the press hoping to bring down the Trump administration, there just wasn’t room for this great news from Donald Trump. But while the media was obsessed with those stories, Trump delivered a speech on infrastructure and the need for repealing Obamacare that was going to continue working behind the scenes catching all these slow minded media millennials off guard, just as none of them were prepared for the air traffic control privatization news. The media just doesn’t think big enough to keep up with Trump—yet the work is happening in spite of the, and it drives them crazy.

I enjoyed the speech and the spectacle “not surrounding it.” As I’ve said before, the way to really know something especially when its hidden is to see how it impacts the world around it with its signature—the way other things interact with it even when hidden. Such as how we discover planets by their gravitational signature and how they pull the elliptical orbits of other plants to their mass. Trump is pulling everything to him whether or not the media acknowledges the work he is doing or not. It didn’t matter if the media covered Trump in Cincinnati really, because the show went on without them and all this happened in the wake of the air traffic control information. The sum of all this is massive economic expansion and a reinvention of our transportation systems, from bridges to air traffic controllers—to inventions not yet hitting the market. The money in this case is negligible because the thrust behind these efforts create the wealth that they will use. And it’s all very exciting.

Rich Hoffman

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