By: Diane Benjamin
Connect Transit issued their 12 month UN-audited financial statements at their last meeting. Celebrate now – they didn’t lose as much as they budgeted:
Has ANY local press reported on this theft?
The Panatagraph did report over the weekend that Connect Transit’s General Manager Andrew Johnson believes the GOP Platform would be catastrophic because it states the Federal Government shouldn’t be involved in local transportation.
Digress for a minute to America’s founding.
Why are the Founding Fathers called “slave owners” (most weren’t) and guys who lived hundreds of years ago and are therefore immaterial?
The Founders studied why civilizations rose and fell, everything they wrote was meant to limit government and put the power in the states and the people so America wouldn’t suffer the same fate.
Connect Transit doesn’t need to worry. Republicans have controlled the purse in DC for 6 of the last 8 years. THEY allowed the debt to reach $19.4 TRILLION. Limited government platforms are meaningless, in fact the GOP is busy purging any members who really believe their propaganda.
Government employees heavily vote for Democrats to protect their jobs, thus government keeps growing. Republicans only pretend to be fiscally responsible, especially while campaigning.
Mr. Johnson plans to show his DC reps the value of public transportation. I’d like to hear how losing $10,000,000 has value.
Maybe he can explain the value of:
- Stealing money from the people who earned it to subsidize buses
- ISU students paying higher fees so Connect Transit can get $529,750
- Local taxpayers fleeced more to cover part of the losses
Keep in mind subsidized public transit is happening across the country.
Johnson goes on to say that public transportation has a huge impact on the national economy. He claims it enables people to get to work, school, shopping, or wherever. Johnson must believe bus riders are incapable of determining any other way to travel, he must think they would never leave their house without a subsidized bus.
Johnson fails to realize this redistribution of wealth takes away the right of self-determination from all parties. Riders are limited to where buses go and when they go there. The money confiscated from taxpayers takes away their right to enjoy the fruits of their labors.
Public transportation does have a huge impact – it transfers power to government. This month bus riders will be subjected to new routes and stops which means Connect Transit controls a big part of their lives. Taxpayers have paid for paper signs marking new stops and will eventually pay for permanent signs.
More wisdom from Benjamin Franklin showing why the schools don’t study our Founder’s anymore:
Does the Republic survive?
It’s not looking good.