Thursday, September 24, 2015

So, the leftists around here have been lying about the CRC Scam: A HUGE reason to vote for Liz Pike

Yet another of the many reasons to vote against Marc Boldt... because he slavishly supported the CRC idiocy.

(FULL DISCLOSURE: I freely admit that I am totally opposed to Marc Boldt's election this time, just as I was last time, since he's completely sold out to the left; forgotten/ignored GOP principles, supports the CRC scam in it's entirety and wants to hang tolls around our neck for the next several decades that would destroy a great deal of small business in Clark County as a result.

NO candidate or campaign or anyone involved or in any way concerned with any candidate or campaign was aware of or approved or had input into this post.

Further, Marc Boldt is my brother-in-law, and I worked for him as his legislative assistant for 6 years while he was in the state house, 1994 - 2000.)

I get the feeling that if Portland were nuked, a TriMet cockroach would crawl out of the rubble and trowel out this crap:

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TriMet chief: Reconsider I-5 bridge

PORTLAND TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - After finishing the MAX Orange Line and Tilikum Crossing, TriMet is pushing the region to rebuild the Columbia River bridge to Vancouver and expand light rail there.
The scourge of loot rail rears it's ugly head once again.
Project would add light-rail service to Vancouver

After opening the MAX Orange Line on time and nearly $50 million under budget, what’s next for TriMet? 

How about restarting the debate over the need for the Columbia River Crossing, the failed I-5 bridge replacement project between Oregon and Washington?                            

“We haven’t solved the problem. The bridge was built for horses and it rests on Douglas fir pilings in mud in the Columbia River. A state geologist report on the bridge includes the term ‘total collapse’ in case of an earthquake,” says TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane.

State and local elected officials on both sides of the Columbia River probably do not want to revisit the project, which collapsed because of partisan bickering between the two states, including Republican opposition in the Washington Senate to the light rail line that Oregon lawmakers want included in the project. Approximately $200 million was spent planning the project that was declared dead in 2014.

But McFarlane insists the states need to face the problems that would be created if the bridge fails, whether because of an earthquake or just natural aging.

“The bridge is on the No. 1 economic corridor on the West Coast. We have to get back to it,” McFarlane says.

McFarlane made his comments to the Portland Tribune following his appearance on a Portland City Club panel discussing the future of transit in the Portland region. During his comments, McFarlane noted the TriMet Board of Directors raised the regional transit agency’s payroll tax last week to enhance bus service.

But McFarlane is also part of a growing chorus calling on federal, state and local elected officials to increase funding for all transportation projects, especially because traffic is increasing as the economy improves following the Great Recession. According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, congestion was up 6.3 percent in the Portland region during the first five months of 2015, and all area freeways are at or exceeding capacity.

“The recession hid our mobility problems, but now it’s back with a vengeance,” McFarlane told the longstanding civic organization at its weekly Friday Forum.

New road money stalled
McFarlane’s comments came as Oregon lawmakers are struggling with how to address the state’s transportation funding problems. A package pushed by Gov. Kate Brown during the 2015 Oregon Legislature died as the result of a partisan fight over a bill to reduce the carbon emissions of motor vehicle fuels. The Low Carbon Fuel Standards Act was unanimously supported by Democrats but opposed by all Republicans, who argued it could increase gasoline prices up to 19 cents a gallon without generating any new money for transportation projects. When Democrats declined to reject the bill they had just approved, Republicans declined to supply the necessary votes to increase gas taxes and motor vehicle fees for road, transit, bike and pedestrian improvements.


Politically, this stupidity is the gift that keeps on giving.

The write-in campaign should use this to beat Marc Boldt and the other democrat to death.

Those looking for another reason to vote against Boldt need look no further.

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