President Barack Obama spoke in Westchester County, calling on Congress to pass a four-year, $302-billion transportation bill ["A road trip for road bill," News, May 15]. The White House has touted this plan as a vision for 21st century infrastructure, so that we remain a global superpower. Unfortunately, the bill does the very opposite by bucking the 30-year global trend of privatizing infrastructure.

The Economist noted that 11 of the 20 largest initial public offerings between 2005 and 2013 were sales of minority stakes by state-owned enterprises. Revenue for privatized airports represented 45 percent of total revenue for the 100 largest airports in the world.

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Obama's plan simply offers another stale attempt to use federal politics while rejecting international trends.

Matthew La Corte, Woodland Park, N.J.

Editor's note: The writer is a student at Hofstra University.