The Louisiana Purchase, most fortunate land deal in American history, was to Thomas Jefferson’s critics a case of unconstitutional overreach. ( St. Louis Public Library )
Every big infrastructure project is controversial. Most of them work out better than critics contend early on. But maybe the critics are right about high-speed rail. Let’s hear what they say.
July 11 2014, 4:11 PM ET
Every big peacetime project that any democracy has ever undertaken has generated controversy.
In retrospect, both the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 and the Alaska Purchase of 1867 look like Heaven-sent, near-theft, no-brainer, “where would we possibly be without them?” steps in the development of American scale and might. But each met bitter opposition in its time.