Yesterday, The New York Times noted the sentiment that severzal preceeding posts have expressed:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/20/us/po ... works.html
- But proponents of mass transit, which has had a significant increase in riders in recent years, even as the recession is forcing many major transit systems to reduce service — had hoped that much more money would be devoted to transit projects.
Phineas Baxandall, a senior analyst for tax and budget policy at the United States Public Interest Research Group, a liberal advocacy organization, noted that highways still stood to get three times as much aid as rail and transit systems.
“Money included to modernize and expand public transportation networks will put thousands to work while reducing our nation’s dependence on oil, traffic congestion, and global warming pollution,” Mr. Baxandall said. The demand for more public transportation has been evident recently. Voters authorized spending more money on mass transit and rail projects in local ballot measures last November. Californians voted to authorize $10 billion in borrowing to begin bringing high-speed rail to the land of the freeway
Being the exceptionally intelligent individual he has already shown the world that he is (and there is no sarcasm whatever in this statement), President Obama know that what legislation he gets to enact into law is what the Congress offers him. Simply that his own party controls both houses (OK, so the Senate is not completely filibuster proof; but all that is needed is one or two "moderate' Republicans - remember they are not all disciples of Sean Hannity - after allowing a colleague of theirs to 'blow his wind' for a few hours, will join the Democratic majority in a Cloture motion) is no antidote to ensure he has crafted every piece of legislation.
Somewhere I noted a remark of President Obama in which he stated Stevie Wonder is his favorite musician. I think he should also be prepared to have the Rolling Stones
on his I-Pod;