someday i'd like to see if some shrink could do an analysis on why libs like to clump together in cities. i have my own theories.
I live on a 21 acre farm with another 20 acres next door that belongs to my brother in law and 300 acres behind mine that is old forest. I'm 2 miles from a town of 3000 and 20 miles from a city. I don't currently feel particularly "clumped". But I do like the small (and very dense) town of Carrboro. It is intellectually stimulating with so many different types of people to talk to. And the restaurants are world class. :-D What are your theories, if I dare ask?
it is not class warfare to not want to pay for something that can not support itself (mass transit), and is hugely expensive. if you want mass transit, then it needs to pay for itself and not require that tax payers constantly cough up to subsidize it.
This is why China is kicking our butts. We have lost the will to create on a large scale and over a long time period. If cars were banned from roads, mass transit would be able to pay for itself instantly. So it's competition from inefficient (but also government supported) roads that makes mass transit an economic sink. But over time the roads clog and the urban sprawl creates sterile cookie cutter burbs not fit for human consumption. If you are going to calculate the payback for mass transit, you have to include the avoided costs of the roads and parking lots that did not have to be built. America was built on cheap oil that is gone forever. So we have to adjust our transportation models to reflect that hard reality. And the solutions are on a scale that private enterprise alone can't get a handle on.
What would life be like in the US now if Interstate Highways had never been built? But they could never have been built by a private business. The same is true of mass transit. China already has a national network of highspeed rail that puts us to shame.
you guys really need to prioritize. seems to me that there is nothing you don't want the government to pay for. where, exactly, do you think the money will come from?
I think the money will come from raising taxes on those making more than $250k. And from NOT fighting wars constantly. And from removing insurance companies (which don't provide any health care but only skim money between you and your doctor.) from the health care system. And from oil company subsidies.
My priorities are sustainable energy, health care, and education. But you are correct that there must be priorities and we can't do everything at once.