President John F. Kennedy delivered a speech before a joint session of Congress on May 25, 1961, stating the United States should set a goal of “landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth” by the end of the decade.
A mere eight years later our nation succeeded in meeting his challenge. On July 20, 1969 the Eagle landed on the moon, approximately 238,000 miles away from earth, with astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin setting foot on the lunar surface.
While our nation celebrated this historic moon landing, South Carolina officials started planning the I-526 freeway with a proposed length of less than 30 miles.
Almost a half century later, I-526 remains unfinished because South Carolina officials keep slamming the brakes on the last eight miles of this project.
And yet these same officials are approving the construction of a multitude of gathering places, apartment complexes and subdivisions, coupled with the expansion of numerous hotels and cruise lines, at breakneck speed. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that meteoric population/tourist growth without adequate road infrastructure or mass transit systems in place to address this proliferation will end up being a “Houston, we have a problem” nightmare.
It’s inevitable that taxes will have to be increased in order to fix these gridlocked roads and bridges to nowhere.
Raising the gas tax will probably have the least impact on the taxpayers’ pocketbook, with the added benefit of placing some of the tax burden on hordes of tourists who flood S.C. roadways or others who pass through on their way to neighboring states.
Now what to do with the current officials who helped create this boondoggle?
“Fly them to the moon” seems apropos on the 46th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing.
Calling Captain Kirk ... .