Former Texas Governor George DWI Bush, loser of last year's election, has chosen Norman Mineta to be his acting Secretary of Transportation. Compliant Norm says the most important priority of the Department of Transportation is to promote the economy.
Where did he get that idea? Isn't it far more important to protect people's freedom and safety?
Nothing boosts the economy like running big trucks through residential neighborhoods. Just think of the benefit to the building material, health care, pharmaceutical, chemical, petroleum, tire, hospital, mortuary, auto repair, auto manufacturing, junkyard salvage, construction, real estate, title insurance, and demolition industries. People have to buy acoustical tile to line their houses just to hear each other talk. Even then, they need prescription sedatives to cope with the noise. Houses have to be painted often to cover the diesel soot. Children cannot cross the street safely, so parents have to drive them around, consuming gasoline, tires, etc. If someone is run over, expensive surgery may be necessary, perhaps followed by a funeral. The streets will crack, causing wear and tear on car suspensions. Cars may have to be junked earlier. Eventually, those with the means will move out, requiring new construction, real estate transactions, title insurance, etc. Some of the old houses will collapse into disrepair and be razed.
That is how the statistics are collected. Conservation, saving the most valuable existing wealth of the past and present, improves the quality of life. Destruction and rebuilding increases economic activity, the number of dollars that change hands. The statistics that measure economic activity don't care whether people and communities are better or worse off.
Mineta, a Democrat, is buying into the slash-and-burn Repuglican norm, to keep the money flowing.
Let's dump Norm. Let's get someone who will protect us and our interests, someone like Ralph Nader.
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Last updated: 7 December 2020