by Alan Pisarski—We have to begin by recognizing the context in which we operate. The prime element in that context is the dramatic lack of credibility of government institutions at all levels in America today. In my view, this largely stems from the insatiable need by governments for more money to feed their budgets, their pension obligations, etc. This has led to subterfuges and masquerading by government to raise more revenue—first, install red light cameras in the name of safety, and then reduce yellow signal times to generate more revenue from tickets. The ARRA program was justified on congestion grounds by government but then maybe 3% or 4% of the money came to transportation. State programs are justified in the name of congestion, and then money is spent on favorite hobby-horses. The public is absolutely right not to trust us.
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