Plumb Lines

September 16, 2009

Straight Talk Local

Filed under: Uncategorized — Matthew Schmitz @ 7:00 am

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John McCain’s anti-pork crusading has always been more admirable than effective. Recently, McCain revealed an anti-transit bias in his quest to cut pork. McCain opposed only one highway-funding earmark, but as of last Friday he had identified a slew of transit projects that he deemed unworthy of funding. A few of the programs he wanted to axe struck me as particularly ironic, given McCain’s famous use of the “Straight Talk Express” bus during the campaign:

  • Wilshire Boulevard bus-only lanes and the Metro Gold Line extension in L.A.
  • bus rapid transit from Bellevue to Redmond in Washington state
  • the Tennessee statewide bus program

For a reminder of why good transit is important, especially for self-avowed conservatives like McCain, read David Schaengold’s piece on the subject, here.

-Matthew Schmitz

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