What's the Big Deal?
You like your computer, don’t you? It’s fun, you can play games on it, watch Web casts, search for information about your favorite singer, order stuff, instant message your friends, and a lot more—even read articles about the Interstate System. (Don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone you read this article.)
Well, your computer didn’t just appear in your bedroom by magic!
Let’s go backwards in time to see how it got there:
See? Without the Interstate System, you’d be sitting at your desk with a connect-the-dots book!
Actually, everything in your room and everything in your house was on the Interstate System at some point on its way to your door. It may have been on a ship, a railroad, or a barge; but at some point it was put on a truck and driven in your direction. That includes your clothes, your toothbrush, your bed, your food, your furniture, and, come to think of it, the house itself—or at least the stuff it’s made out of. Even that connect-the-dots book was on the Interstate System at some point.
The Interstate System helps businesses make money. It helps the police catch the bad guys. It helps the military protect us. It helps you get around.
And one other thing: the Interstate System is the Greatest Public Works Project in History! (Notice how we capitalize the first letter of each word to show you we meant It?) Nothing even comes close. Go ahead—try to top it. The Pyramids of Egypt? No way. They took hundreds of years to build to keep robbers from defiling the tombs of the pharaohs, but robbers broke in anyway. The Great Wall of China? Hmmm, took hundreds of years to build to keep foreigners out, but they managed to get in. We think not. Hoover Dam? Panama Canal? St. Lawrence Seaway? Great projects, but get real, no comparison! The Interstate program was bigger than all those, rolled into one.
In short, it’s the Greatest Public Works Project in History!
So it’s a pretty big deal.