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Saturday, November 27, 2010

It's Not a Train

But it won't cost the taxpayers of Virginia millions in subsidies either:
It's not Southwest, but a low-fare carrier is here
Roanoke Times

A no-frills, low-fare carrier is finally coming to the area. No, it isn't, unfortunately, Southwest Airlines. It's not even an airline: It's Megabus, a carrier that will offer service between Christiansburg, Knoxville, Tenn., and Washington for as little as $1 a trip.

The service, announced Monday, begins Dec. 15.

Now New River Valley residents tired of having to drive to Roanoke to catch a flight can enjoy a little turnabout. If Roanokers want a cheap ride to D.C., they'll have to catch the bus in Christiansburg. [link, scroll down]
There are many people (well, at least a dozen) who still push for passenger rail service between Roanoke, Richmond, and Washington.  This despite the fact that it is a brain-searingly expensive proposition with prospects - if every other service outside the Northeast Corridor is any precursor - of decent ridership virtually nil.

Megabus is a cheap alternative that doesn't cost the taxpayer a dime.  And if those dozen citizens who say they need transportation to D.C. don't show up when the service is offered, that's Megabus's problem.  A bus doesn't hold the mystique that a big old train does, but we're now way beyond paying out the nose for mystique.

Think NASA and you'll understand how that wildly expensive mystique manifests itself.

Go Ahead. Make Our Day.

The Old Guard in Washington don't know how to react to the change (real change, not Obama's hopey, slippery kind) that is engulfing them these days.  Whereas it was once so easy to threaten retaliation should some politician threaten to go after some other politician's pet constituency, the New Guard are saying to them: Knock your self out, Big Guy.  There's a new sheriff in town.  We won't be playing that game.

The Wall Street Journal:
Major corn energy subsidies such as the 54-cent-per-gallon blenders credit expire at the end of the year, and Republican Senators Jim DeMint and Tom Coburn are encouraging the new Congress to prove its fiscal bona fides by letting them die. Chuck Grassley (R., Ethanol) responded this week on Twitter: "WashPost reports 2 of my colleagues want sunset ethanol tax credit R they ready sunset tax subsidies oilANDgas enjoys?"

Messrs. DeMint and Coburn replied, essentially, make our day—and rightly so. Regardless of government intervention, the economy will continue to demand oil and gas, because they are useful. No one could plausibly say the same about ethanol ...
Demint has now dragged - kicking and screaming the whole way - his Republican Party away from the earmark addiction. A small matter in the big scheme of things, really. But ethanol subsidies, and the many other farm subsidies for the wealthy that go along with them, are a BIG MATTER.

End the madness. Get America back on track. Prove to us that you got the message that was Election 2010. Stop the ethanol gravy train.

To Live In Never-Never-Land

Noun: liberal  ˈli-b(ə-)rəl
1. A person who favors a political philosophy that includes giving generously to the poor with other people's money.

Former Clinton mouthpiece - and liberal - Paul Begala:

"This Thanksgiving I am grateful for that quintessentially liberal virtue: generosity."

Right.  Liberals are real generous.  And they have a special attitude toward the poor.  Which includes their not wanting to go within 50 feet of one of those smelly, unwashed, illiterate types who inhabit the nether regions of fly-over country.

Can you see this twerp standing out in front of the Wal-Mart in Big Stone Gap helping a Salvation Army bell-ringer gather donations for the poor?

Me neither.  His kind acquire cash at the point of a gun (we call it taxation) and feel good about their "philanthropy" for having done so.

Take it somewhere else, Paul.  You're fifteen minutes are over.

It's Racism