Goodbye Ray LaHood

Secretary of Immobility Ray LaHood has announced his intention to leave office as soon as a replacement can be found. Aside from an admirable emphasis on safety, LaHood’s main legacy will be a weakening of the cost-effectiveness requirements for transit grants so that, now, the most ridiculously expensive transit projects can get federal funding.

As a result, more than 100 metropolitan areas are lining up with proposals for insanely expensive rail projects. While this is good news to snobs who think that the only real transit is on rails, it is bad news for taxpayers as every rail project funded means money is being wasted that could otherwise have been put to good use.

Naturally, there is plenty of speculation about who Obama might select to replace LaHood. Some of the names include Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; Oregon Representative Earl Blumenauer; and former Minnesota Representative James Oberstar, all of whom support the administration’s pro-transit, anti-auto agenda. The Antiplanner is hoping for Blumenauer, the current godfather of Portland’s light-rail mafia, as his move into another job would shake up Oregon’s power structure in ways that might prove positive in the end.

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6 thoughts on “Goodbye Ray LaHood

  1. MJ

    Naturally, there is plenty of speculation about who Obama might select to replace LaHood. Some of the names include Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; Oregon Representative Earl Blumenauer; and former Minnesota Representative James Oberstar…

    Quite the set of unattractive options we have to replace LaHood. I didn’t think it was possible to do worse, but now I’m reconsidering.

  2. Frank

    With a 14% approval rating, why can’t we fire all the bastards and dissolve the federal government? If I received such a low rating on an eval, union or not, I’d lose my job.

  3. English Major

    Blumenhauer has the safest seat in Congress, so that might be a factor. But, his District has been
    damaged by intellectually challenged (fka “smart”) growth. So- there is some leverage here as PDX wakes up and smells the planning mistakes.

    Okey doke- I am new to planning. I would not be on this blog if Portland city planners were not out of control- it is their malfeasance that forces me to study up. I am here to learn.

    So give me a crash course in Blumenhauer transit mistakes. I know about the Eastside Streetcar fiasco.

    I like old Earl on non-transit issues- so educate me about his worst transit positions. Heck- I’ll call his office and lobby against his dumbest anti-car positions. What are the basic things I should know about Blumenhauer and the anti-car BS that I am fighting here in PDX?

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