Moron of the Day – Ray LaHood


Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood  clearly doesn’t understand life outside of the beltway. While the vast majority of Americans rely on their cars or mass transportation, Ray thinks that it’s the government’s job to favor non-motorized transportation. (more here) In other words the government wants you to ride a bike or walk. It may be nice, or healthy, or green for people to do this but the reality, Ray, is that for all but a very few, it is simply not possible.

LaHood signed the new policy directive on March 11, the same day he attended a congressional reception for the National Bike Summit, a convention sponsored by a bicycling advocacy group, the League of American Bicyclists. LaHood publicly announced his agency’s new direction four days later in a posting on his blog—“Fast Lane: The Official Blog of the U.S. Secretary of Transportation”–where he effusively described it as a “sea change” for the United States.

“Today, I want to announce a sea change,” LaHood wrote. “People across America who value bicycling should have a voice when it comes to transportation planning. This is the end of favoring motorized transportation at the expense of non-motorized.”

LaHood’s policy statement not only called for this change to take place in programs funded by the federal government, but also said the federal government would “encourage” state and local governments to do the same in their own programs.

Here in Jacksonville (where the driver motto is “We don’t yield the right of way, we take it.”) riding a bike, or even a motorcycle, is downright dangerous. But if you’re thinking that this guy can’t be serious, think again.

“Some in the highway-supporters motorist groups have been concerned by your livability initiative,” said the moderator at the National Press Club event. “Is this an effort to make driving more torturous and to coerce people out of their cars?”

“It is a way to coerce people out of their cars,” said LaHood.

The moderator later asked: “Some conservative groups are wary of the livable communities program, saying it’s an example of government intrusion into people’s lives. How do you respond?”

“About everything we do around here is government intrusion in people’s lives,” said LaHood. “So have at it.”


One Response to “Moron of the Day – Ray LaHood”

  1. […] cell phone while you’re driving Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood (more here and here) is at it again. Despite all data to the contrary, commissar LaHood thinks the government should […]

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