A writer at MPP named Keewatin Rose has written this post that highlights the DFL’s incoherent jobs ideology. Here’s part of the Rose’s explanation:
Candidate Chip Cravaack campaigned on a promise to create jobs and foster economic development in the 8th congressional district. Congressman Cravaack, however, has joined his right-wing extremist cohorts around the country in routinely obstructing such efforts. Following in the steps of Wisconsin’s Tea Party Governor Scott Walker, Cravaack is now actively seeking to kill the proposed Northern Lights Express Passenger Rail Project (NLX)that is part of a comprehensive national rail plan to connect northern Minnesota with the Twin Cities.
In an article written for an out-of-district newspaper, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Cravaack offers a rambling and at times barely coherent explanation for his opposition to the project, meandering from the federal budget to the stimulus bill and finally ending in St Cloud.
I wrote about Chip’s Strib op-ed. Here’s the highlight of that article:
The wisest course of action for us is to not spend money on a venture that can’t pay for itself. Instead, we must first attend to the crumbling roads, the bridges in urgent need of repair and the incomplete highway projects that we have throughout the state.
Recently, the Minnesota Department of Transportation reported that 1,154 bridges are “structurally deficient” in Minnesota. That’s 8.4 percent of the state’s bridges in need of attention.
Yet, some people are clamoring for additional spending projects.
Why is our transportation system in this condition? Because prior Congresses not only raided the Social Security Trust Fund to pay for an increasing number of government programs, they also diverted funds from the federal gas tax away from maintenance of our roads and bridges.
Gas-tax funds that should have been set aside for transportation purposes were spent elsewhere, on things like bike path bridges, flower plantings and historical preservation.
Chip’s logic is exceptionally straightforward except, apparently, to DFL activists. Instead of dealing with things thoughtfully, DFL activists like Keewatin Rose write things like this:
Apparently Chip missed the Transportation Policy 101 lecture to the Freshman class.
Government is always at the forefront of transportation infrastructure, whether it is roads and bridges, seaways or railways. It isn’t just about jobs. Accessibility is what drives economic development for an entire region. The economic rent, increased value caused by accessibility, of passenger rail service extends to increased income and property values as well as to employment.
And there is an added benefit to freight railroads through upgrades to existing rail lines. The NLX is expected to directly or indirectly create approximately 14,000 jobs and spur approximately $2 billion in development along the 155 mile corridor. This is significant in a district where unemployment hovers near 14%. In addition, high-speed rail is more environmentally friendly, generating approximately one half to a third of the carbon dioxide emissions of passenger vehicles.
So we should subsidize the NLX to the tune of billions of dollars because a) it’ll keep construction workers working a little while longers, b) it’ll reduce global warming, at least according to the junk science that currently masquerades as real science and c) it fits the DFL’s general infrastructure template?
That’s logic that recklessly spends money we don’t have on things we can’t justify at a time when our national debt is exploding. That can’t make sense to anyone except a progressive activist. That’s because they apparently didn’t get the memo that money doesn’t grow on trees.
Other DFL activists are whining that bridges are falling apart and that we have to fix them. Chip agrees with that. He said that in his op-ed. Chip’s logic is that NLX takes money away from important projects.
Only a lobbyist or a DFL activist thinks that that isn’t right thinking.