I swear, socialism has taken over, and in the strangest places.
Utah seems to be leading the way.
In Tuesday’s paper we had a letter to the editor from a gentleman responding to the dispute last week over FrontRunner costs.
A BYU professor says the taxpayers are subsidizing riders on that wonderful train to the tune of thousands of dollars a year, per rider, and he considers the whole thing an expensive boondoggle as a result. His numbers are hooey, but he’s entitled to his view.
Many of us, with eyes to congested futures, see trains as a needed infrastructure project, an investment, and a way for people to avoid the inevitable congestion that roads bring.
What irritated that particular letter writer was the idea that his tax dollars were going to subsidize someone else’s ride. It’s outrageous, he said, his hard earned money! Socialism is what it is!
We’re seeing a lot of that attitude — the “using my money to pay for others is socialism!” screech that has shown up in public discourse of late.
It started with that Joe the Plumber idiot (His names not Joe and he’s not a plumber!) during the campaign when Obama, defending tax hikes on the rich, said some had to kick in more to share the wealth around.
Ever since he said that — and, remember, progressive taxation has been the basis of taxation in the United States since 1776 or thereabouts — the anti-tax folks have been screaming “SOCIALISM!” from the tops of the lungs.
Here’s the funny part: In that same news paper was a story on the extension of Hinkley Drive to West Haven. The story was mostly about how West Haven has attracted a multi-plex movie house (do we really need another one?) that will anchor a huge shopping and restaurant development.
Critical to that development is the aforesaid extension of Hinkley Drive because, otherwise, everyone going to it will have to wend their way down Midland Drive and who knows what.
It will cost about $46 million to do the job. That’s a bit less than a 10th of the cost of FrontRunner for a couple miles of extension of Hinkley Drive. Roads are expensive to build and expensive to maintain.
And who will pay for this — the good people of West Haven, who will benefit from it? The developers of the multi-plex movie theaters who will make money selling tickets to the people who drive on it?
Of course not, silly person.
The taxpayers of the state of Utah will pay for it, all $46 million, a direct subsidy to West Haven’s development dreams, a taking of our tax dollars without even saying “Please?” and giving them to West Haven and private developers.
It won’t stop there. It never does. When traffic and people clog West Haven’s roads you can bet they’ll come whining back for more money for widening the roads, installing traffic lights, building new schools, the whole nine yards.
SOCIALISM! It creeps in everywhere, does it not?