Highway Act of 1956• As a soldier in 1919, Ike was asked to go from NY to San Francisco w/ a military convoy • 2 Months to do it!!• In WWII, the autobahn and its use in defense also peaked his interest.• Today, 47,000 miles of interstates in the US• Other Uses • National Defense-1/5 miles must be straight • Evacuation from natural disasters
Interstate Highway Numbering• Numbers that are • Interstates that have 3 Even go East and numbers are special! West • An even number in front • Ex: I-80, I-70, I-76 of an interstate means it• Numbers that are connects in 2 places odd go North and • Ex: I-279, I-495 South • An odd number means • Ex I-79, I-95 that it connects in 1 place (Spur) • Ex: I-579, I-376
Creeping Socialism• Ike pushed “Balancing the Budget” more than anything. • Only came close 3 times in 8 years.• America was becoming too liberal • Too Dependent on others for help!• Ike cut back on military buildup (10% GDP)• Block any new expansion of Social Welfare Programs • However, created Dept. of Health, Education, and Welfare to help those at the bottom of the ladder
Modern Republicanism• In all things that deal with people, be liberal. In all things that deal with money, be conservative.• It seemed like Ike just hovered over issues and never used the power of the Presidency!