Links for Election Day
According to polls, today’s midterm elections will be upsetting for anyone on the left side of the political spectrum. Wallow in sorrow, and read these links.
Can’t Keep A Bad Idea Down
Thomas Friedman, The New York Times
Though I’m not much of a Friedman fan, he writes with a pleasurable verve on the country’s willful ignorance and seeming desire to repeat past mistakes:
Let’s have more tax cuts, unlinked to any specific spending cuts and while we’re still fighting two wars—because that worked so well during the Bush years to make our economy strong and our deficit small. Let’s immediately cut government spending, instead of phasing cuts in gradually, while we’re still mired in a recession—because that worked so well in the Great Depression. Let’s roll back financial regulation—because we’ve learned from experience that Wall Street can police itself and average Americans will never have to bail it out.
Storm in a Teacup
Jason Tinkey, Planner’s Dream Gone Wrong
Echoes my thoughts on the coming elections, the libertarian/populists roots of the Tea Party and their Democratic opposition:
When human lives are lost in bridge collapses, when congestion causes countless millions of dollars to be squandered in lost productivity and wasted fuel, and when anybody with half a brain can tell you we need to wean ourselves from fossil fuels for a host of reasons both environmental and strategic, my level of appall at the arrogance of the opposition is matched only by my disgust at the ineffectiveness of our supposed champions.
The Survival of High Speed Rail Comes Down to Tomorrow
Governors races will likely determine how the federal appropriation of high-speed rail grants are used (or not used, as seems likely). The outlook is bleak in the Midwest, where Democratic candidates in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, and Ohio trail by sizable margins. Republican candidates in those races have been outspoken opponents of rail projects, given their federal origins. Projects at risk include $150 million for the Dearborn-Kalamazoo (via Ann Arbor) line and $230 million for the Iowa City-Chicago line. Maybe next decade.
Toronto Takes Off to a Great Walkable North
Christopher Leinberger, The New Republic
From a moderately tall building in Detroit, you can see the shores of Windsor, Canada. It is close and looking more appealing each day.