What could we do if tax rates for the wealthy were at the Eisenhower level?
We could engage in one of the greatest public works building projects ever seen.
We could repair some dams, take others down, and even build some new dams.
We could do the same with bridges, highways and water and sewer systems.
We could lay down miles of light rail and trolley track ... we could revolutionize public transportation.
We could build new libraries ... and fully-fund our public education system.
We could help railroads rebuild their trackage.
We could fully-fund our national and state parks - we could have the greatest park system in the entire world.
We could provide for the homeless and the mentally ill ... and for our wounded vets.
And just maybe, provide single-payer health care for the entire nation, and get ourselves out of one of the worst health-care delivery systems that has made us the laughing stock of the world.
And all of this for starters.
One of these days, Americans will figure out how to be a real nation - a nation with a solid reputation for wisdom and compassion.
A nation that sets the pace for the world - a nation of greatness.
We did much of this under Eisenhower ... we can do it again.