One would think that fourteen years in the House of Representatives would prepare a person for the pressures of being part of a Presidential Administration, but sadly in the case of Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood the pressure seems to be getting to him. It isn’t obvious looking at him, its not that he has a perpetual tic, or drools all over his tie. You can tell by listening to him, because Secretary LaHood is blurting out the craziest things.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Friday that Americans are “tired” of the congestion caused by motorized transportation, and instead are looking for other options such as bicycle lanes and walking paths, which the government will add to its infrastructure.
“People are sick of being stuck in traffic, stuck in their automobiles, and we want to help communities and neighborhoods that want more walking paths or biking paths—more transit,”
I don’t know about you folks but I am not ready to throw away my care and ride my bicycle to the supermarket, or put my wife on the handlebar and ride five miles to nearest movie Theater.
President Obama’s top transportation official was following up on comments he had made on his official blog in March, when he announced a “sea change” in transportation.
“Today,” he wrote on March 15, “I want to announce a sea change. People across America who value bicycling should have a voice when it comes to transportation planning. This is the end of favoring motorized transportation at the expense of non-motorized.
“We are integrating the needs of bicyclists in federally funded road projects. We are discouraging transportation investments that negatively affect cyclists and pedestrians,” LaHood wrote.
This is the start of the “Obamacare approach” we are about to have bicycle riding shoved down your throat.
“Well, look,” he began, “we have a state-of-the-art interstate system in America. We have the best road system in the world. That’s not going to change, and we’re going to continue to support our road system—our interstates—but we know that people want a lot of other alternatives.
“But we know that people are tired of all the congestion that’s created in cities, and so we think that promoting livable, sustainable neighborhoods by creating bike paths and walking paths and more transit and uh—really is what the people want,” LaHood added.
The man is obviously loosing it, I have never been in a town where there is a long line of protesters screaming more bike paths (nor have I seen such a protest in the MSM)
As for how to pay for the projects that he said would not come at the expense of the current interstate system, LaHood suggested the money would also come out of the general Treasury fund.
“We already pay taxes,” he said. “I mean, people all over America pay taxes. They pay their income taxes. People pay property taxes. People pay all kinds of taxes every day. If they buy something, they pay a sales tax. The point is, people pay a lot of taxes, and so we’re going to use—really use the resources that we have to create the kind of opportunities that people really want in America.”
Another sign of insanity, lets face it any sane person would understand that there is no money left in the Treasury. I don’t know many Americans looking to go deeper into debt for bike paths.
Folks this isn’t political, I feel bad for the guy, Ray LaHood is obviously facing some sort of mental illness due to the pressure of the Job. No sane man could ever say lets increase the federal debt for bike paths. Actually no man who has ever read the constitution could ever suggest the federal government have anything to do with bike paths.