Again, President Trump opts out of an infrastructure program to rebuild our highways, airports, seaports, etc., because he says he cannot do infrastructure and be investigated at the same time. News media reminds that Nixon and Bill Clinton did just that. Well, no matter.

Remember those good old days in early 2017 when new President Donald Trump made all those promises to improve immigration, health care and infrastructure? I laughed over infrastructure because Republicans don’t do infrastructure. So, I’m not surprised nothing was started in the last two years. The original plan was for $1 trillion, but now the talk is about $2 trillion.

We’ve gone about this all wrong, but Trump gave us a clue as to what we need to do when he said that he was good at infrastructure. What we should do is: Give the Trump organization a $2 trillion contract for infrastructure improvements; the contract should be what is called cost-plus, say cost plus 10 percent; and make the 10 percent tax-free.

We will have highways made with the finest concrete, airports the envy of the world, seaports that are vacation spots better than Disney World, etc.

The Trump family will be among the richest in the world, begging you to look at his tax returns. Where will the money come from? The same place as the money for tax cuts come from: public debt. Don’t worry about Republicans complaining. They will be too busy figuring out how to get aboard the gravy train.

This will get infrastructure done.

Bruce Doe, Southern Pines

(3) comments

Richard Wright

The writer of this letter must forget that Congress has an important part to play in fixing the issues President Trump outlined when he ran for office. But let's discuss two other points you make. First, cost plus contracts are seldom used for repairing roads and building bridges. More commonly, fixed price contracts are used where there is little risk to potential contractors. Cost plus contracts find greater use where there are many unknowns, and where the unknowns limit potential contractors. As for looking at President Trump's tax returns, what would that show? What is the fascination with seeing someone else's tax returns? Why not look at Bernie's or Joe's or Nancy's? Are you envious? You no doubt already believe he lies, so if he earned less than he said, there would be no surprise. If he made more, he paid more. The IRS reviews all high earners. Why isn't that enough? After all, Obama's IRS was ridden with scandals. Do you think they did not look at Trump's tax returns during the election or during Mueller's investigation?

Sally Larson

Richard, the better question is why wouldn't you want to see his taxes. If he's clean then what is he hiding? We've seen all recent previous Presidents taxes, it is an act of transparency. The more he resists the more suspicious he becomes. There's a lot more to his taxes than how much he makes. As for putting all his failed election promises onto Congress, he's made it very clear what he will and will not support with his signature. His lack of following through is on him. Holding back improvements on our infrastructure because he's being investigated is extremely inappropriate for the office of the President of the United States. This is an obvious situation where his motivations are about him, not the country.

Kathryn Giquinto

He shouldn't show his taxes because it would give the Democrats a field day of useless information to waste more of our tax payer dollars on. The IRS has seen his taxes and I'm sure that they are continuing to monitor him as close as possible; one can only image how many Trump haters there are working for the IRS. If you think differently then you must take great pleasure in the dog and pony show that has been going on for the last three years on our dime with no evidence in sight to impeach this President.

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