...where to start! Reference the IBJ article headlined, "Mass Transit campaign floods market with $1 million." That money is, naturally, some of that free federal stuff.
But at least one can see why we get bashed constantly with puff pieces about the "need" for mass transit. The story lists eleven "local media/marketing firms" which are among the recipients, including two TV stations. We say "among" because the article does NOT list any of the print media in the city. We seem to remember seeing a few ads therein.
Here is the federal government spending a million bucks to persuade people to spend more than a billion bucks, about half of which will be some more of free federal stuff (FFS).
We know that, in Washington, no one even notices if a million dollars just falls off the table. But we refuse to admit that idiotic financial irresponsibility there justifies the same approach here. It’s even worse when that expenditure of a Million bucks is for the purpose of hyping the Billion dollar outlay.
Despite earlier pronouncements that after all a rail line, as opposed to buses, is probably not feasible, this and other stories in the media continue present that as one of the potential "improvements" in the transit system.
The article refers to three "rapid transit lines." The "Red Line" will run "...north and south through downtown, from Carmel to Greenwood." We’ve caught a little flak by referring to a Stadium-to-Palladium concept. But the fact is that a map, issued by the proponents of the boondoggle and showing potential routes, has the Red Line ending up precisely at the Palladium!
Printed off the internet, this story is two pages of fairly small print. The last two sentences fascinated us.
"But opponents of the plan point out that the system is estimated to cost $136 million a year to operate and maintain by 2021. Taxpayers, rather than fare-box revenue, typically foot the largest share of transit system costs."
Yes, that’s our emphasis. But it’s not much opposition to all the FFS, or the local BS (Biased Sludge) financed by the FFS, is it? Unfortunately, nobody’s buying our ink for us!