Mass transit or massive target?

February 19th, 2007

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is once again on the side of local Democrats who want to raise more taxes to subsidize and build more mass transit in Milwaukee.

And once they succeed in taxing all the people who buy their own cars to pay for buses and trains they don’t use, discount viagra buy cialis they’ll do what the Democrats in Congress are already doing and insist on spending millions more in an attempt to make the plump targets they’ve just created less vulnerable to terrorist attack.

Individuals in their own cars make lousy terrorist targets. A bus or train car packed full of folks is a terrorist’s treat. Just ask the citizens in England, Spain, Pakistan/India, and Israel if you have any doubts.

But lets not let logic get in the way:

Cars are evil!

Subways are salvation!

(Especially for the jihadists who would be happy to ride them all the way to martyrdom.)

Entry Filed under: Milwaukee,Politics

6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. steveegg  |  February 19th, 2007 at 11:40 am

    It’s all about control, in this case, control of movement. If there were no cars, then there would be no ability to flee the lieberal “paradises” (or as they’re more-commonly called, hellholes) known as big cities. The fact that they’re target-rich environments for Islamokazis is no impediment (if I were any more cynical, I would say that the liberals consider it a plus).

  • 2. Bill  |  February 20th, 2007 at 3:55 pm

    Here here! Why should anyone ever do anything for anyone else if it doesn’t show an immediate tangible benefit to them? And of course there is no benefit to me here! Its not like property values in southeastern Wisconsin would ever be boosted by the improved livability of a community thanks to reduced traffic, fewer incidents of drunk-driving, an increase in city walking traffic that could boost retail and food/drink service businesses, etc. We wouldn’t possibly want to make Milwaukee a more attractive place to businesses looking to move by offering an environment in which its easier and more convenient for people to get to work no matter where they live in the region. We wouldn’t want all of those young educated people we will soon need to fill Milwaukee’s job market to be able to avoid needing to buy a car when they’re considering whether Milwaukee is the place for them.

    Besides, there can be no doubt that Milwaukee is target number one for terrorists. And even if it weren’t, why should we possibly go about trying and improving America’s cities? Who cares if increased urbanization is the natural course of America’s future as service and technology professions replace manufacturing and farming jobs in America’s comparatively high-tech economy? I say that as long as there is a 0.001% chance that a terrorist might kill .00000001% of Milwaukee’s population at some point in the next 40 years, that we should cease all community improvements. No more collective goods. Let’s all retreat to our homes and vehicles and stock our weapons for the coming apocalypse. If we can eradicate walking and the need to communicate on a face-to-face business with other human beings, so much the better.

    Cheers to you for finally saying it: even if it is behind your blog’s bizarre veil of secrecy.

  • 3. Administrator  |  February 20th, 2007 at 4:32 pm

    The phrase for today? Ironic sarcasm!

    Reading between the lines, I already know you and I will never agree.

    I think people need to pay their own way.

    You think I should pay their way for them.

    You think you should be able to tax me for anything you deem desireable and I should just shut up and happily send the check.

    I asked a liberal once how much of my money would be enough. What percentage of my income would I have to pay in taxes to finally solve all the world’s problems and pay for all the worthwhile causes. He wouldn’t name a figure, because he knew even 100% wouldn’t do the job.

    If mass transit were so terrific, we wouldn’t have to subsidize it. Google would be making a fortune with Google Tram.

    If you want a downtown “circulator” system so bad, you could always buy a bus and offer the service yourself. But guys like you would always rather use the power of the poll to steal from your neighbors than actually go out and build something yourself.

    And I find it interesting that you refer to this “blog’s bizarre veil of secrecy.”

    I’m responsible for everything said on this site and I’ve never hid behind anything.

    On the other hand, “Bill” doesn’t exactly give away your secret identity now, does it?

  • 4. Administrator  |  February 20th, 2007 at 5:13 pm

    A few additional thoughts:

    1.) I violated my own rule about “blogging while angry” in responding to Bill’s post. If that lead to me being more insulting than usual, I apologize.

    2.) I shouldn’t have assumed Bill is a liberal or believes any of things I accused him of. That was unfair and beneath my usual standards.

    3.) I need to go home and crawl back into bed. Everyone and everything has been getting my goat, today.

  • 5. James  |  February 20th, 2007 at 5:22 pm

    I don’t know what bizarre detached reality Bill lives in, but as a young (28) college educated (Masters) professional living in the greater area, I need a car regardless of where I live. You know why genius? I have a family that does not live in the the area. I know, a family, how quaint and old fashioned. Who in their right mind would want to visit his or her parents in the Appleton/Green Bay area right?

    As for the city economy, when the rest of this inferiority complex community realizes that the 1970’s and 80’s are over, maybe then we can move into the 21st century. Funny, one of those technology companies recently stated that the tax and regulatory climate were reason they’re thinking of relocating out of Wisconsin, nothing to say there Bill?

    As for living, as an accountant, I have figured that I cannot afford to live in the city. I could buy a home, but I don’t think I’d survive very long in those areas seeing as I committed the greatest offense of being born a white male. I’ve run the projections and the best I would be able to do is break even on the total tax bill. That means, what I would save on income taxes from fed and state are cancelled out by the real estate taxes or I’d owe more money. So where is my incentive to own a home here. Maybe that’s the greater point, cram us all into homogenous housing units like sheep.

  • 6. From Where I Sit » &hellip  |  February 27th, 2007 at 5:02 pm

    […] On a bus you risk getting kicked in the head, sprayed with acid (as happened to a bus rider when I lived in Minneapolis), or blown up. […]

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