Evidently the powers that be do not have enough of your money. The newest boondoggle is the transportation "reinvestment" act. Translation, let's take $8.5 billion of your money and make it not belong to you anymore. Yes, your money. I was unfortunate enough to be "educated" by the whiteshirts at a meeting over a week ago at my local Optimist Club. Evidently, due to people being conscientous about saving on fuel, via the gas tax, they have less money to burn.
Evidently, traffic is a problem that cannot be solved by the existing methods or money they currently have. They need more. The current campaign is widespread and organized. They have a rough budget of $8 million to advertise and spread the word of what you really need. $8 million for $8.5 billion sounds like a good return on your investment, doesn't it? There are meetings in every district surrounding metro-Atlanta. Unfortunately, the message is always the same as in most campaigns, we can spend your hard earned money better than you.
My solution is a simple one. We can figure out our own way out of our own problems. People will create there own solutions. If your commute is 2 hours, maybe moving closer to your job is a solution. If you like where you live, you will hike it and make it ok and endure a small setback for your decisions. Maybe that time in the car is the only time you have to yourself all week. If you do not like the price of gas, maybe you get off your butt, get in shape, and ride a bike that you have not ridden since you were 15......crazy thoughts....people making their own decisions I know.
July 31st is a big day here in metro Atlanta. It is the day where the least amount of voters make the decisions for the most amount of people about taking their money away from them. The decision for this vote was calculated as having the best chance to pass due to the least amount of voting public actually voting. Use your head, keep your money in your pocket and solve your own problems. Vote no.