We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Seems to me, the whole problem is not having the right Top Men in charge. Sad that visionaries and progressives don't have the power to cram big projects down the public's throat - for their own good, of course. I'm still not sure why I as a taxpayer should concern myself with whether or not NYC has a grand public project simply for the sake of having a grand public project, though. Monuments to the glory of the state if you ask me. And you're not helping your case by recalling fond memories of Woodrow Wilson's dreams of a scientific technocracy, literally using the words "Republicans pounced" and bemoaning the fact that the US still lacks high-speed rail like all the decent countries do.
IN the article, he asks a key question and then never answers it. Why should a farmer in Iowa (or a rancher in Texas or even a computer programmer in San Jose) have to help pay for what is essentially a New York City subway station?
He seems to be suffering from that New Yorker Map mentality, that all Americans should be proud that New York is considered a World Class City by the kind of people who care about such things, that the Mississippi River is some kind of tributary to the Hudson.
Those of us west of Jersey City don't think it's a national shame that sewage is flowing through the hallways of Penn Station; we think it's a joke, and guys like this are the punchline.
Another Guy named Dan
Cities are the major markets for most things. That's why it matters.
The author thinks that lefties have limited the power of Government on purpose.
Not so. This is an unintended consequence of The Left's favorite endeavor, creating more bureaucracy. What appears to have happened is that the bureaucracy has grown so much over the decades, that agencies, departments, and commissions are now getting in each other's way and working at cross purposes.
In contrast to a century ago, when Penn station was constructed, projects now require the approval of a myriad of government offices, and for some it may not be in their interest, or there may not be enough incentive for them to grant their approval.
I don't have a realistic solution for the problem.
It should be a law that once a year a detailed report of the budget and all spending for the city should be published in the NY Times. Preferably in late October before elections. Additionally the name, job title and full salary of every public employee should be published.