The Creepy-Crawly, Statist Agenda Behind Ted Strickland’s 3C Slow Train
Matt Purple in The American Spectator reminds us of the Obama Administration’s agenda to strip the states of their broad powers over transposition systems while getting you out of your cars and onto trains and bicycles:
At a National Press Club event last year, a panel moderator decided to quiz Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood on his department’s policy. “Some in the highway-supporters motorist groups have been concerned by your livability initiative,” he said. “Is this an effort to make driving more torturous and to coerce people out of their cars?”
“It is a way to coerce people out of their cars,” answered LaHood, with a blunt frankness rare for a politician.
These days, the Department of Transportation is sticking its nose into everyone’s lives. DOT has teamed up with the Environmental Protection Agency and Housing and Urban Development to create the Partnership for Sustainable Communities. Their actual purpose is somewhat foggy and loaded with Orwellian language — something about creating more “livable” and “healthy” environments. As transportation goes, that means creating more “choices” for commuters: the choice to leave your car at home and take the train, for example. Or ride your bike. Or walk.
It’s an alarming fact that’s eluded even many conservative commentators: The core of the president’s progressive agenda is to fundamentally change in the way we move from one point to another.
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