Interesting tidbit on Eisenhower's highway bill: Congress rejected it the first time he proposed it and then the next year he re-proposed it and dared Congress to oppose him. He initially did not want it to add to the national debt; he favored tolls at first to finance it....
...but then dropped the idea when he realized that plan would not raise enough money. So he then proposed a tax on gasoline and oil, which was used to reimburse most of the costs for states to begin construction. Congress accepted the plan and history was made.
Oh, one more thing: Eisenhower liked to claim this highway plan required enough concrete to build "six sidewalks to the moon." I wonder if anyone fact-checked that!

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