Washington Post columnist George Will wrote last week from Charleston, South Carolina. His article published in the Wilmington StarNews was informative and discouraging. This story chronicles further evidence that American progress runs aground in waters made shallow by government-sponsored industrial sabotage. This infuriating tale is about shipping. (link here)
Charleston has the fourth busiest port in the United States. To keep up with the “marvels of naval architecture” Charleston Harbor must accommodate the new “post-Panamax” ships coming from Asia through the rebuild Panama Canal. It must be 5 feet deeper. But government agencies impose cumbersome, lengthy processes.
The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers in charge of dredging found that the Charleston project would be the least expensive of several South Atlantic harbors. However, it could take up to 10 years to complete such a project—only in regressing America. (Mr. Will notes that it took less than 17 months to build the aircraft carrier Yorktown—now anchored in Charleston—that helped defeat the Japanese Empire in the Pacific.)
Within two years, wider, deeper ships will be coming through Panama able to carry two and one-half times more containers than older ships (12,600 vs. 5,000). Shipping costs less per mile than other global transports. Post-Panamax ships will reduce costs even more.
Will observes that because of “de-industrialization…America has essentially no deep-sea shipping industry.” Others systematically dismantled by political decree, environmental litigants and regulation include coal, oil, natural gas, timber and mineral resources.
One inexcusable case unfolds right here in River City. Three years after announcing plans to rebuild a cement plant, the company has yet to receive any permits required to operate.
Regressive Statists have pirated the U. S. ship-of-state. They infiltrate federal and, to a lesser extent, state regulatory agencies. They intimidate compliant politicians and spread fearful propaganda and lies. Statists stall regulatory approval processes through litigation to prevent industrial progress—stymying creativity; reducing productivity; discouraging investment; increasing business and consumer costs; and decreasing our quality of life.
Americans, once characterized as resourceful, responsive and bold are in danger of become a nation of dependent, hesitant and timid people—traits more associated with slaves than free and responsible citizens.
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