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Click Here (optional) to go to the U.S. Department of Transportation Home Page. Our government has constructed an entire department for the purpose of ensuring safe travel for all U.S. citizens. They are concerned with air traffic, boat traffic, rail traffic and truck/automobile traffic. No other civilization in the history of the world has created such an extensive transportation network as that found in the United States.

Click Here (optional) to go to the Federal Aviation Administration Home Page. The FAA is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Obviously, our country's airline industry took a major hit on September 11, 2001. And the war in Iraq isn't helping. The economic ramifications of these events are still being played out. Meanwhile, go ahead and book yourself a vacation to Hawaii. It would be very patriotic to put it on your credit card.

It was mentioned earlier that the Great Lakes are accessible to ocean-going vessels. This is a tremendous economic asset to North America. A cheap source of transportation is available to industry right in the heart of the industrial core.

The Interstate Highway System in the United States is also a tremendous economic asset. Raw material and finished goods can be transported quickly and cheaply from point to point within the United States. These savings, therefore, show up on the store shelves. Lower prices mean that people are likely to buy more. Buying is always good for the economy.

It should be noted that the Interstate Highways were not built just for the economy. In fact, that is secondary to their primary purpose-- DEFENSE. The Interstate Highways were constructed so that military supplies and personnel could be transported quickly in case of a national emergency.

General Info on Interstate Highways (click on "view & download") (this site is quick and optional).

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