Thursday, January 14, 2010

Well that's one philosophy

"The largest obstacle to solving our transportation needs is a philosophy, espoused by some, that it is always wrong to raise taxes or fees," Kaine said.
Spoken like a true Democrat.

I have another philosophy: how about keeping Virginia's infrastructure on par with economic development, instead of blowing every developer that comes into the state and wants to build a new sea of vinyl houses. That way, like in this county, instead of having the population increase by over fifty percent in twenty years while keeping the roads just as unfunded as always, you can actually re-pave old roads and build or widen new ones without having to cut lifelong resident's front yards right up to the porch just to keep enough road to allow traffic to move.

Which philosophy do you think is cheaper?

I swear, I just can't understand why politicians think that they can reap the rewards of explosive growth for years, and then bitch about not being able to raise taxes later to pay for their own mismanagement.

In the Marine Corps, we call the solution the 7 P's: Proper Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance. Let that soak in for a minute Governor.

Roads and other infrastructure should keep up with economic growth. When you have states that are growing extremely fast, you have to cut out some of the other shit from the budget to make up for it.

Like if I wanted to build an addition to my house for instance, and the estimated cost of such an endeavor is going to be $20,000, it would be stupid to continue spending money on a plastic yard gnome collection while telling my wife to get her ass to work for two more days a week to make up for the difference. It would also be smart to check to see if my electrical panel will be able to support the addition, and not just build it anyways and then notice "Awww damn! Every time I turn the light on in this place the kitchen stops working. It's going to cost a ton to fix that problem now! Honey! Call your work and tell them you need twice as many hours now! I fucked up, and you have to make up for it!"

Yeah, that's some philosophy. It doesn't surprise me at all to hear that you didn't fix the roads.

Kaine cautioned legislators that no state can maintain its economic edge with a declining infrastructure -- jammed roads that trap commuters in Washington, D.C.'s Virginia suburbs for hours each day, substandard bridges, rural roads that impede economic development and insufficient ability to evacuate the Hampton Roads region in an emergency.
Well, how did the roads get so jammed? You didn't fund them to keep up with growth, that's how. And I absolutely love the "rural roads that impede economic development." Thanks for that, you dick. So the beautiful backroads previously used by us hicks are getting in the way of your funding stream, ehh? They're all choked up with traffic from people who recently moved here from the gridlock nightmare of Maryland who are all still trying to drive fifty miles every morning and afternoon to get to DC where the money is? Than I guess I'm all selfish for bitching about what used to be a ten minute, four mile scenic drive into town to get some groceries is now a forty five minute, white-knuckle goat-rope crash fest just to get to the parking lot, to say nothing of the lines inside at the check out. Wouldn't want to spoil the economic edge, or get into the way of all those construction trucks heading toward the new CVS project right across the street from the old CVS!

I can't wait until my house is worth what I paid for it so that I can sell it and move to Wyoming. At this point, the only thing that makes my "historic" town historic is that you can go to the courthouse and see old pictures of it when it wasn't infested by the glowing lights of hundreds of thousands of cars making their daily journey to DC.

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