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Fiscal Policy &Junk Science &Team Obama Richard Falknor on 09 Aug 2009 05:25 pm

Our Homes, Our Cars: Obama’s Many Plans for Our Lives

The Heritage Foundation’s Ron Utt has been a vigilant sentinel against all manner of governmental schemes — from both parties — to abridge our property rights, and to burden us with costly, ill-advised “transportation” schemes.

For example, Dr. Utt closely shadowed the infamous Hallowed Ground legislation here and here, which touches large swaths of Maryland and Virginia.

And he kept a spotlight on the “Dulles Rail Boondoggle” here.

Just last month, Heritage published his “Obama Administration’s Plan to Coerce People out of Their Cars.”

This Web Memo here reveals – –

“Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood remarked in May that his livability initiative . . .”is a way to coerce people out of their cars.”. . . When asked if this was government intrusion into people’s lives, LaHood responded that ‘about everything we do around here is government intrusion in people’s lives,’ a sentiment that would have certainly surprised the authors of the United States Constitution, a document whose major purpose was to restrain government.

LaHood’s endorsement of government coercion comes as no surprise to those who have been tracking the Obama Administration’s incremental endorsements of the environmentalists’ smart growth strategies to slow growth, crowd development, and deter automobile use. And with LaHood’s most recent presentation, the Administration has formally embarked on an unprecedented and costly exercise in social engineering to alter the way Americans live and travel.” (Underscoring Forum’s.)

Readers are encouraged to digest all of this important document.

According to CNS News here – –

“Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who said in May that he wanted to use federal policy to ‘coerce’ people out of their cars, told CNSNews.com on Friday that what he really meant to say is that he wants to use federal policy to ‘lure’ people out of their cars.

At a May 21 event at the National Press Club, LaHood responded to a piece in Newsweek [link added by Forum] written by columnist George Will, which quoted LaHood as saying, ‘I think we can change people’s behavior,’ and mocked him as the ‘Secretary of Behavior Modification.'”

Secretary LaHood served in the Illinois House of Representatives, then in the U. S. House of Representatives as a Republican.  The Club for Growth gave Republican LaHood a rating of 0% in their 2007 RePORK Card. By way of contrast, Democrat Barney Frank earned 6%. Indiana Republican Mike Pence earned 100 %.

Sums up analyst Utt:  “Is It Safe to Let LaHood Think Outside the Box?”

Freedom to Choose Where You Live, Work, and Travel

On June 2, Virginian Utt also reported in hisSlouching Toward a ‘Huddled Masses’ Housing Policy: Saving Energy with Higher Densities?” here that – –

“One option for the reduction in energy use that has come to the attention of the U.S. Department of Energy is to pack more people into smaller apartments–a prospect more akin to living standards in Calcutta. . . . Perhaps this Carteresque austerity trend will encourage the Environmental Protection Agency to declare that if Americans weren’t so fussy about personal hygiene, vast volumes of fresh water could be saved.”

Later that month, we noted here other experts weighing in on these concerns:

 “Declares National Review on Line (NRO)’s John Hood “Leave Room for You and Me to Grow” here – –

‘Reason Foundation scholar Sam Staley is following these issues closely, as are Randal O’Toole at the Cato Institute and scores of think tankers at the state level (visit their trade association, the State Policy Network, here and click on your state for more information). You should be follow[ing] these issues closely, too, if you value the right to choose where you want to live, how you will house your family, and what means of travel you will use to commute, shop, and recreate.'” (Underscoring Forum’s.)

As Ron Utt concluded in his June 2 Backgrounder – –

“If President Obama and his subordinates are to be believed, this Administration is promising to impose unprecedented (‘transformational’) changes on the way Americans live, work, and travel in order to achieve a variety of environmental goals.”  (Underscoring Forum’s.)

Understandably, the attention of Maryland and Virginia citizens is riveted on the Obamacare Crisis. But as we move down the road, we need to be working on other urgent Tea Party material — on likely Federal intrusion into “the way Americans live, work, and travel.” Since current and proposed transportation tax burdens as well as a disregard of property rights have already come from both parties, we need  to discuss these concerns with all our Representatives and Senators before they stumble into supporting Obama “smart growth” schemes.















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