Barger for US Senate

Official campaign website of Al Barger, 2004 Indiana Libertarian Party candidate for US Senate

"It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man who knows that the law is today, can guess what it will be tomorrow. Law is defined to be a rule of action; but how can that be a rule, which is little known, and less fixed?" - James Madison, Federalist #62

Sunday, August 01, 2004

Just say no to an Indy light rail boondoggle

Various hacks, uh, I mean dedicated political and civic leaders have conjured up a big fat new boondoggle to build a light rail system between Indianapolis and the northern suburbs. This nonsense has the backing of the Indianapolis Regional Transportation Council and various mayors and city councilmen.

They're supposedly looking at spending $850 million to build something that might reduce traffic congestion on I-69 by maybe as much as 2%. That 2% is probably optimistic, and of course to get to the real price your best guess would be to drop another zero in there.

Naturally, when they come up a plan, they will be asking for federal money.

This is where I come in as a federal candidate. Let me say right now for the record that Senator Barger will absolutely oppose even one nickel of federal funding for this foolishness. We don't need our own Big Dig, like the infamous still not completed Boston project.

This kind of thing is exactly what is meant by corporate welfare. It would be great for the contractors, the bankers, the property speculators, etc. It would not do SQUAT for the taxpayers, except probably cause a lot of disruption with eminent domain and such, and of course empty their wallets.

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