Even the Wall Street Journal tells only half a story …

I’m only partially joking.  The Wall Street Journal pegs the cost of federal government shutdown at $100 million per day in lost productivity.  If you look at the money the government spends when it is “productive”, are we really losing anything?

Those of us who live in the DC area can see that, while the national news may show a snow-covered capitol building, the real story is the 20-30″ of snow the region cannot adequately remove.  The major streets, congested at best on a normal day, are restricted to 2/3, or even 1/3, their normal width — removing a lane.  Add to that lane markers are not visible, and the “me first” mentality of this area, and you can imagine how many lives and how much property was saved by this shutdown.

Imagine the “me firsters” parking in lots that are clogged with snowbanks.  Hell, parking is atrocious enough on the best of days in this area.  (Governments at all levels will “help” us, though, by mandating hi-rise construction near Metro stops so we can pay a corrupt quasi-government entity for poor, unsafe service while sharing oxygen atoms with the neighbors — but that’s another story altogether.)

If only the House and Senate would stay away rather than stay in session, we could probably save that $100M several times over.

Transportation should not be a key issue in the VA gubernatorial race

Transportation should not be a key issue in the VA gubernatorial race.

Many news outlets, bloggers, and political campaigns treat “transportation” or “roads” as the number one issue in Northern Virginia.

I don’t believe that’s true, for the majority of citizens.

While transportation, gridlock, traffic, and roads are very high on the list of detractors to quality of life in Northern Virginia, I don’t think most of us believe government will solve it.

Deeds said he’ll “sign a bipartisan bill“.  Of course, he hasn’t seen one and can’t know what one would look like.  He doesn’t even know IF he could get it,  so how can he promise to sign it?

McDonnell will turn interstates into toll roads.  IF he gets federal approval.  What do you suppose that would take?  Frankly, I like his idea of privatizing the liquor stores (get the nanny state out of it).  He can use the sales prices to replace the funding they currently provide, and the tax stream to do whatever it is government does with our money.

In short, I don’t know of anyone who believes in any “transportation plan” so far proposed.  No one wants the construction, or the eminent domain, of new roads.  No one wants to prioritize new roads, as they’ll be subject to special interests.  No one wants public transportation forced down their throats, nor the inconvenience of Metro to the vast majority of residents.  And no one outside of Northern Virginia media outlets seems to care.

Published in: on October 10, 2009 at 1:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

From the Washington Post

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Aging Red Line to Get $177 Million Overhaul

Metro Rehab to Begin Early Next Year

Let’s go back a few years.  Metro found funds were being embezzled.  What did they do to solve the problem?  They instituted new systems whereby riders paid more:  eliminated parking attendants, forced riders to pay $5 for a $0.10 piece of plastic fare card, and raised rates.

So what do you expect will happen here?

Combine it with the news story today that Metro is bracing for a flood of lawsuits (because even if you weren’t injured, your poor, poor brain has to fight the memory of a crash, and besides, the taxpayers will pay your settlement).  We’re going to see hundreds of suits, probably some even from people who weren’t there and didn’t know anyone there, with various levels of merit, and we’re going to pay for all of them.

Anyone think s/he will be able to afford to ride Metro in a couple of years???

Not that it will matter.  Once the administrations of DC, VA, MD and the federal government get involved, it’ll be mandatory.  Just drop off your paycheck on the way.