Here's a refreshing piece of news:
Finding a Way to Make it Pay
I hope somebody in the administration reads that. All of it. Twice at least!
Branson got built on free enterprise. Take a scenic, wooded, lake and hill country community then build some flashy hotels, some reasonable restaurants and hire some modified Disney World song-and-dance crews to entertain. You don't need the flesh-pot and depravity of a Las Vegas strip joint. Try wholesome country entertainment among golf courses, fishing lakes, swimming holes and hiking trails. Pretty soon you've got entrepreneurs making money and people smiling. Kids have fun, parents think they've got some adult relaxation and everybody profits.
Of course they had to drive themselves or maybe try the Springfield-Branson airport more than an hour away, so the potential market had a restriction. What to do?
Using the Obama model pioneered by that great patriot and non-combatant ex-Marine, John Murtha they could have pork-barrelled the project. They could have, but they didn't.
They built the airport with private investment. They built their business plan around competitive affordability. They made the facility economical for the airlines to offer service. And, they didn't depend upon big gubmint to do it for them.
I've got to like that concept. Hat tip to those Bransonians!