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Monday, January 26, 2009

Boehner's stimulus priorities contradict public opinion

Many Americans believe strongly that the infrastructure spending plan should look beyond widening our highways and building new roads. According to a recent study (pdf), 80% of Americans believe it’s more important that a stimulus plan include efforts to repair existing highways and build public transit rather than build new highways. 45% of those polled go on to say that construction of new highways should “definitely” or “probably” not be included in the plan.

The American public has seen the days of highway spending dominate their lives. As a result we are damaging our environment, limiting our transportation choices, and negatively impacting our health. It appears as though House Minority Leader and Republican from West Chester Township, doesn’t agree.

"I think there's a place for infrastructure, but what kind of infrastructure? Infrastructure to widen highways, to ease congestion for American families? Is it to build some buildings that are necessary? But if we're talking about beautification projects, or we're talking about bike paths, Americans are not going to look very kindly on this."
-John Boehner (R-OH)

It is a real shame that when Americans are standing up and proclaiming that they want a change in the way we allocate our transportation resources we also have politicians who are standing up for the status quo. Boehner needs to quit worrying that his constituency feels negatively towards comprehensive transportation – because they don’t.


Over the past decade or so I-75 through Butler County has been widened, Union Centre Boulevard interchange built, SR 129 (Michael A. Fox Highway) built, and the new Liberty Interchange is under construction. Over that same period the City of Hamilton has seen their bus service disappear, rates have gone up on Metro express routes, and the Ohio Hub Plan is looking for some federal money to get going. It should also be noted that Boehner was one of the few opposing votes to a measure supporting increased funds for Amtrak service in Ohio (even Steve Chabot supported it).


With all this highway spending does America or Boehner's district (map) really need additional highway capacity and more highways? Mr. Boehner (contact info) should be supporting democracy and freedom for Americans. We are strangled by an automobile oriented society that leaves no other choices for most Americans. Democracy, freedom, and choice would all seem to be things Boehner would support; so why doesn't he?


The 2009 Growth and Transportation Survey was conducted by Hart Research Associates, January 5-7. Hart Research Associates telephoned 1,005 adults living in the U.S. The study has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a surprise, a transportation group that supports every form of transit but the automobile releases a study that says 80% of America doesn't want money spent building highways...

I doubt there is enough money to create an alternative that works well enough to get anyone out of their car in Boehner's district. Sure if you work in the core of downtown Cincinnati, a bus, train, trolley, etc will work. But if you work anywhere else, it becomes a burden to use public transit.

I am a proponent of rail travel and think we could have had something viable by now linking the burbs with downtown, but again question how well this works if you aren't working in the core or within a couple hundred yards of a train stop.

Randy Simes said...

If you read the bit at the end it gives a description of the survey and its details...

"The 2009 Growth and Transportation Survey was conducted by Hart Research Associates, January 5-7. Hart Research Associates telephoned 1,005 adults living in the U.S. The study has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points."

Travis Estell said...

I love how Mr. Boehner's website makes you enter your Zip+4 code and verifies it before allowing you to give feedback. It's almost like he's shoving his fingers in his ears and shouting, "na na na na, I can't hear you" and ignoring any criticism he may otherwise get.

Anonymous said...

You know a political party is in trouble when someone like this guy is leading them. What a clown.

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