This is a "hoot" if there has ever been one.
"Feds open up funding for Atlanta streetcar project" (AJC Saturday, July 16, 2011)? Just who in the heck does Transportation Secretary Ray "RINO" LaHood think the Feds are? The Feds are "We the people." Grants such as this are the reason that our Federal government has got to start putting the axe to the 900 grant programs administered by 26 Federal agencies and the 2,001 (last count) subsidy programs administered by 16 Federal agencies. Just think, we supposedly have intelligent members of Congress looking for ways to cut spending. That in itself is an even bigger "hoot."
When you read the article, you will note that the City of Atlanta is suppose to come up with the matching funds to offset the difference between what the Feds will provide and the projected (don't bet on it) $72 million dollar price tag. Keep your eye on the final TSPLOST project list which is due out in October. If the Peachtree streetcar boondoggle is on the list, this is all the more reason to vote an emphatic NO to TSPLOST 2012 on July 31, 2012.
Speaking of July 31, 2012, I am hearing that there may be a push to move the voting date from the July 31, 2012, Primary Election to the November 6, 2012, General Election. The obvious reason behind such a move would be to ensure a larger turnout of Democrats. If your State Representative or State Senator has an "R" by their name, you might want to advise them if they are duped into supporting such a change, they do so at putting their own political future in peril.
Remember, if mass transit is so necessary, why does it take taxpayer funded subsidies to fund its ongoing operating & maintenance costs? Good question? The answer? Declare TSPLOST null and void at the ballot box in 2012.