Governement CAN Work...Sometimes...
Sometimes representative government works. Take the Crazy, multi-billion dollar Columbia River
Crossing light rail and same size bridge project. Oregon lawmakers put up nearly half a billion
dollars for it but Washington State representatives refused to raise gas taxes
dramatically to fund the boondoggle. So,
as we stand here today, it looks like the project is dead. That saves us from a billion dollars in light
rail neither side of the Columbia River wants; it saves money for the roads and
highways that carry 99 percent of commuters and freight instead of the one
percent that ride the rails. It saves us
from the insanity of replacing three lanes each way with three lanes each
way. It saves hundreds of millions of dollars
in private businesses that build industrial projects that won’t float under the
proposed bridge. It saves drivers from
paying a punishing toll of up to eight dollars for each trip over the river on
a bridge already paid for by their taxes.
Who wants light rail…that doesn't run when it’s too cold…or too hot like
today…or when a wire breaks. Let’s build
a sensible bridge with more lanes for less money and refuse to let the choo
choo drive transportation policy.