Credit Where It Is Due

Ray LaHood genuinely does appear to be reality-based:

President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Transportation Department said cash-strapped governments should consider giving the private sector a bigger role in rebuilding the nation’s aging roads, bridges and other infrastructure, a position that has generated controversy in many states.

Speaking at his Senate confirmation hearing, former Republican Rep. Ray LaHood of Illinois said the widening budget deficits at the federal and state levels should lead government officials to take a closer look at allowing private investors to build, operate and maintain new toll roads and bridges.

“There’s not going to be enough money,” Mr. LaHood told the Senate Commerce Committee. “I think we do have to think outside the box.”

It figures, of course, that this kind of straight talk would come from a Republican Cabinet appointee in the Obama Administration. But we will take straight talk where we can get it. Dare we hope that LaHood’s example and his ability to get past the anti-market ideology of the big-government folks in the Obama Administration is contagious?