The Obama perestroika wants to ‘coerce’ you out of your cars. The central planners have you and your lifestyle targeted for change.
This planning methodology was adopted by Communist China among many other bastions of liberty and emulated by Nazi Germany in preparation for WWII. Centralized planning was in force in the Soviet Union between 1928 and 1991, when the Soviet Union collapsed.
“The power which a multiple millionaire, who may be my neighbor and perhaps my employer, has over me is very much less that which the smallest functionaire possesses who wields the coercive power of the state, and on whose discretion it depends whether and how I am able to be allowed to live or work.”
– F.A. Hayek
On May 21, LaHood told reporters at the National Press Club that his department has formed an Interagency Partnership for Sustainable Communities with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
He said the partnership was designed to “coerce” people out of their cars. When asked to respond to the complaint that the partnership would intrude in people’s lives, he replied, “About everything we do around here is government intrusion in people’s lives. So have at it.”
The FYP is replete with similar “we’re from the government and here to help” rhetoric that attempts to mask the coercion alluded to by Sec. LaHood. Under six “livability” principles — “Safety, State of Good Repair, Economic Competitiveness, and Environmental Sustainability” — the FYP justifies the assaults on liberties that, until now, have been taken for granted: housing choice and mobility.
One of the “innovative strategies” suggested by LaHood, and reported in the Washington Examiner, is that people be taxed for every mile driven: “We should look at the vehicular miles program where people are actually clocked on the number of miles that they traveled.”
DOT now resolves to “give the same priority to walking and bicycling as is given to other transportation modes.” In other words, funding that would otherwise go to roads and highways will now be diverted to walking and bicycling paths — with traffic congestion and accidents to follow.
Christopher Dodd’s Livable Communities Act* would help to solve that “problem” by “connecting housing and employment locations of workers.” Anyone who thinks the “connection” would be voluntary is not paying attention. Please refer to an earlier American Thinker article entitled “The Livable Communities Act” for an excellent analysis.
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