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Socialism: Transferring America One Bike At A Time

So, we are getting a real good sense of what electing Socialists means to our American society.  We are finally coming to understand how much of an impact their plans and dealings have upon our own individual lives and families.

We know the dangers of the top leadership of President, Senator Majority Leader and House Majority Leader.  But, what of those people under them?  What of those people that "advise" the Socialist leaders?  Are they just as bad? (cough)

Ignoring for the moment the facts we do know about Pres Obama's czars and cabinet members, let me introduce you to Ray LaHood (doesn't that name sound like a movie bad guy?).  Let me show you what happens when electing Socialists can do to even the most mundane and trivial things in our lives.  Yeah, yeah, I know that we know all about the Socialist Greeny America-Hater Van Jones.  And, yes, we know about the Socialist pervert who is now in charge of our kids and their schools.  Yeah, we know about the Marxist-loving Anita Dunn, the White House Communications Director.

But, just because most of the members of Pres Obama's inner circle of hundreds are Socialists, Marxists, or America-Haters, that doesn't mean they all are.  Right?  Well, let's find out more about Ray LaHood and one of his recent ramblings.

Coming off of his table-top announcement that he fully supports the "Living Community" idea of city planning, he wrote on his blog about his administration's "sea-change" policy shift.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced a “major policy revision” that aims to give bicycling and walking the same policy and economic consideration as driving.

“Today I want to announce a sea change,” he wrote on his blog last week. “This is the end of favoring motorized transportation at the expense of nonmotorized.”

The new policy ... is said to reflect the Transportation Department’s support for the development of fully integrated transportation networks.

Yep.  It is time to bring 3rd world and European style transportation to our road and highway transportation system.  Think about this for a while. 

Haven't we all sat around our community-based housing units and dreamed of living like the Europeans?  Haven't we dreamed of the glamor of 3rd world traffic systems?  I know I have.  And, it is perfectly clear that our dear Komisars have as well.  Bless them.

So, exactly what can we expect with this enlightened new way of thinking by our glorious leaders?

It calls on state and local governments to go beyond minimum planning and maintenance requirements to provide convenient and safe amenities for bikers and walkers. “Walking and biking should not be an afterthought in roadway design,” the policy states.

Transportation agencies are urged to take action on a number of fronts, including the creation of pathways for bike riders and pedestrians on bridges, and providing children with safe biking and walking routes to schools.

Mr. LaHood also indicated the department is discouraging “transportation investments that negatively affect cyclists and pedestrians.”

So, if a city were to think of expanding a congested roadway to facilitate the increasing vehicular traffic, but if that expansion did not benefit cyclists and pedestrians, then that project should not be undertaken.  Or, it should be expanded to facilitate the needs, the EQUAL needs, of bicyclists and pedestrians. 

However, non-believers in our new enlightened governing system are not as impressed as we are.

“Treating bicycles and other nonmotorized transportation as equal to motorized transportation would cause an economic catastrophe,” warned Carter Wood, a senior adviser at the National Association of Manufacturers. “If put it into effect, the policy would more than undermine any effort the Obama Administration has made toward jobs. You can’t have jobs without the efficient movement of freight.”

At a House appropriations committee hearing last week, Congressman Steven LaTourette, Republican of Ohio, brought up the new policy and asked a Transportation Department official to clarify what Mr. LaHood means by “equal treatment.”

“If we’re going to spend $1 million on a road, [are we] going to have half of it go to a bike lane and half of it go to cars?” he asked, according to a transcript of the hearing.

My interpretation of that would be equal in the eyes of policymakers as what is the expenditure you make, what is the benefit you get,” responded Roy Kienitz, D.O.T.’s under secretary for policy. “And if the freight project offers the best bang, great, but if the bike project offers a good bang, great for them.

“I don’t even understand how you get a bang for the buck out of a bicycle project,” Mr. LaTourette subsequently commented. “I mean, what job is going to be created by having a bike lane?

Obviously this man doesn't know the benefits of forcing cars and trucks to share the minimalist road system to accomodate the increase in buses, bicycles and motorcycles.

Here, let me show you the wonders of it all.

Here is the joy of Hanoi city traffic planning.

Or maybe we need to embrace the mass transit system of Egypt?

Or, maybe the uber-enlightened LaHood thinks our streets should look like this?

But, rest your racing thoughts.  Ray LaHood and his friends in the Socialists People's Party only hope your local neighborhoods look like this.

Now, let's all bow down and face the North-East and sing our praises for our illustrious leader's enlighted policy of traffic management. 

If you can manage traffic, you can manage the people.  Sounds familiar doesn't it.


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