How Dare They!

Posted on February 11, 2012 by

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The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s chairman, John Mica, R-Fla., last week introduced the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act. It’s a $260 billion proposal to repair U.S. infrastructure, reauthorize transportation programs for five years and increase opportunities for domestic oil drilling.

Opponents have a slew of objections to the nearly 900-page bill, including its emphasis on new highway construction, the elimination of money dedicated for projects to aid bicyclists and pedestrians, and reduction of long-term planning for public transit.

“This bill says it’s a waste to spend highway trust dollars to protect cyclists, pedestrians or children, (and that) all of that money should just go into highway projects,” said Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., who represents Southwest Oregon and is a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. “It takes us back to pre-1980 in terms of the federal government’s participation in transit. It’s quite radical stuff.”

Yep, Petey, it’s “radical” these days to suggest that the folks who pay gas taxes for road infrastructure might insist that these funds be spent on, well, roads and bridges, rather than on multimillion-dollar bicycle and pedestrian-only stuff. The Vera Katz Eastbank “esplanade” in Portland can’t be used by cars and trucks, though the drivers paid for it. There’s a $3 million bicycle and pedestrian-only bridge across SE McLaughlin Boulevard – again, paid for by folks who can’t use it. Tri-Met’s building a brand new bridge over the Willamette River, which cars and trucks will be banned from using.

Yeah, Petey: radical stuff. After all, you’re notstealing – you’re just re-distributing. That’s the way you and Ray “The Hood” see it.

Your efforts at theft don’t differ much from porn: we know it when we see it.

Let’s talk, when you get back from your Saul Alinsky conference. Hey, I can show you how to install skimmers on ATM machines! Great income potential, there!

Crosspost: MaxRedline: How Dare They!.

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