Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood lashed out in response to George Will’s claim that LaHood is trying to be “Secretary of Behavior Modification” — by casually admitting it.
“About everything we do around here is government intrusion into people’s lives,” says LaHood. Admitting that Obama’s policies are, in fact, “a way to coerce people out of their cars,” LaHood commented that, “The only person that I’ve heard of who objects to this is George Will.”
It is not surprising that LaHood has never heard of the Antiplanner, but he hasn’t heard of the Reason Foundation, Heritage Foundation, Cato Institute, or (from the state LaHood used to represent) Heartland Institute?
When asked about airlines that are worried that Obama’s subsidies to high-speed rail will harm their efforts to be profitable businesses, LaHood was “noncommittal.” Apparently, he doesn’t see any difference between a for-profit company and a for-loss government agency.
And LaHood is supposed to be the token Republican in the Obama administration. He certainly isn’t a Republican in the Reagan mold.