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4 Reasons Conservatives Hate Public Transit

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Itís a trade union thing.

The transportation bill has been popular in the past because itís a surefire way of creating jobs. Thereís just one hitch ó when it comes to mass transit, many of those jobs are unionized. And of course Republicans donít like unions.

In an editorial last year, the conservative Investorís Business Daily slammed the Obama administrationís high speed rail plan as just a payoff for its union backers ó and therefore something to oppose. ďSo who could possibly benefit from such a boondoggle? Unions, along with the politicians they vote for ó in this case Obama and California Democrats, who’ll be able to trade construction jobs and other union sop for votes.Ē

Republican opposition to mass transit, then, is just old-fashioned power politics: The friend of my enemy is my enemy. I canít say this is as innocent as the rural-urban constituent divide. Not when high speed rail investment is so clearly in the nationís interest ó a way to boost the economy, decrease our reliance on oil imports, and keep America competitive in the twenty-first century.

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6:37AM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

If we all rode around on public transportation, we wouldn't have the automotive industry!. America was built on the automotive industry. Not buying/driving cars is just plain un-American! Oh My!

5:58AM PDT on Jun 19, 2012

To summarize: 1) Conservatives are rural and mass transit works much better in urban areas than in rural areas, 2) Mass transit workers tend to be union members and conservatives hate unions, 3) Transportation is always government organized and conservatives are against government, 4) Conservatives oppose the very idea of the "public good".

5:41AM PDT on Jun 19, 2012

Roads, whether driven on by private cars and commercial trucks or marched on by armies on foot, have been a product of government at least as far back as the Roman Empire. We ought to favor whatever is most cost-effective in each area, which depends largely on the population density.

1:15PM PDT on Jun 2, 2012

I forgot to mention, I'm a conservative that loves public transit.

1:14PM PDT on Jun 2, 2012

It seems to me that public transportation is a GREAT idea for cities and a POOR idea rural areas. Getting people from LA to Vegas doesn't seem like a worthy use of public funds to me, even in the form of loan guarantees. Mass transit in cities benefit all and are particularly beneficial for low income citizens, and illegals for that matter. Mass transit is one of the few subsidies I can think of that I'd support. Cities would have to spend less on additional roadways as a result. It's also a convenient form of travel for commuters.

12:46PM PDT on Jun 2, 2012

BTW, Pego, welcome to the fracas.

12:43PM PDT on Jun 2, 2012

Ctrl-F on a PC.

12:42PM PDT on Jun 2, 2012

If you'd like to HONESTLY discern my intent, Pego, hit Command-F, type in "michael a" and click on the up arrow. Care2 threads progress from the bottom up.

8:51AM PDT on Jun 2, 2012

Shut up, Pego.

9:01PM PDT on Jun 1, 2012

Thank you, Kevin.

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