The Secret Worldwide Transit Cabal
Friday, November 15, 2002
Quips from FOCs (Friends of the Cabal):
"It is the unfortunate destiny of the ridiculous to be subject to ridicule."
James Howard Kunstler
"Truth passes through three phases: 1) It is ridiculed. 2) It is violently opposed. 3) It is accepted as self-evident." Albert Schopenhouer
From the Cabalmaster:
If there were such a country as “Obscurastan,” Wendell Cox would be the Transport Minister!
(idea brazenly ripped off from San Francisco Mime Troupe’s name for a new show they’re putting on in S.F., San Francisco Chronicle, August 14, 2002).
“Electroferrophobia microensis” (from the Latin - "Fear of light rail transit")
A complex syndrome found in upper middle class neighborhoods, and particularly prominent among unimmunized golfers; thought to be induced by excessive exposure to SUV emissions. Inspired by the opposition to LRT by the snooty Columbia Country Club of Bethesda & Chevy Chase, Maryland.
Then there is this “conference” that all friends of the Secret Worldwide Transit Cabal SHOULD NOT MISS, if only for its entertainment value!
HELP PRESERVE THE AMERICAN DREAM!
ATTEND THE CONFERENCE!! www.ti.org/amdream.html
WASHINGTON, DC: FEBRUARY 23-25, 2003
HEAR THE FOLLOWING SPEAKERS!!!
(Each one of them noted, authoritative and unbiased!!!)
(preliminary list of blowhards and b.s. artists...)
Jon Caldara, Independence Institute /i2i.org/Caldara
John Charles, Cascade Policy Institute www.cascadepolicy.org/StaffDetail_2_8.asp
Wendell Cox, publicpurpose.com www.publicpurpose.com (definately the lead b.s. artist, not a Sophist per se, also Lead Jackass)
Peter Gordon, University of Southern California www-rcf.usc.edu/~pgordon/ (probably more a Sophist than b.s. artist, per se)
Steve Hayward, American Enterprise Inst. www.aei.org/scholars/hayward.htm
Robert Nelson, U. of Maryland www.puaf.umd.edu/faculty/people/nelsonm.html
Randal O'Toole, Thoreau Institute www.urbanfutures.org/otoole.html
Alan Pisarski, author, "Commuting in America" www.senate.gov/~epw/Pisarski_031902.htm
Robert Poole, Reason Foundation www.rppi.org/robert.html
Thomas Rubin, consultant www.tppf.org/transit/trans_report_exec/about_authors.html
Peter Samuel, Toll Roads Newsletter www.tollroads.com/index.htm#newsletter
Sam Staley, Buckeye Institute www.buckeyeinstitute.org/ABOUT.HTM (definately more a Sophist than b.s. artist, given BI's recent postings on the Cincinnati LRT election)
And many more! (Joy!?)
SHARPEN YOUR SKILLS AT UP TO 15 TWO-HOUR WORKSHOPS!!
Gain media attention. Win the war of words.
Critique a density plan. Critique a light-rail line.
Influence regional planning. Reduce regional congestion.
Protect valuable open space. Maintain affordable housing.
Promote competitive transit systems . "Improve" federal transportation policy.
Insure neighborhood self-determination (yeah, keep "them" out!).
Clean the air without expensive regulation.
BUILD A "NEW NATIONAL MOVEMENT TO PRESERVE THE AMERICAN DREAM OF MOBILITY AND HOMEOWNERSHIP!!!
"Congestion, unaffordable housing, and restrictions on property rights increasingly threaten the American Dream of mobility and homeownership. This conference will bring together dozens of experts with scores of professionals and activists working to protect freedom, mobility, and livability in their home cities and regions.
"The conference will help you effectively oppose rail transit boondoggles, high-density urban zoning, restrictions on rural property rights, and other so-called "smart-growth" policies. The conference also aspires to start a new national movement aimed at Preserving the American Dream of mobility and homeownership."
"WHO SHOULD ATTEND:"
"Professionals whose work contributes to urban mobility and livability, including:
"Opponents of 'smart-growth' plans such as:"
--Rail transit boondoggles
--Traffic "calming" and
--Other intrusive planning policies
--Experts on urban land-use and transportation issues;
--National, state, regional, and local elected and appointed officials who want to protect the livability of their regions by minimizing congestion, maintaining affordability, and reducing the cost of urban services.
The Buckeye Institute www.buckeyeinstitute.org/
The Cascade Policy Institute www.cascadepolicy.org/
The Heartland Institute www.heartland.org/
The Heritage Foundation www.heritage.org/
The Reason Foundation www.reason.org/
The Thoreau Institute www.ti.org/
OTHER SPONSORS INCLUDE:
The Charlotte and Walter Kohler Charitable Trust (Sheboygan, WI)*
The Sarah Scaife Foundation (Pittsburgh) www.scaife.com/sarah.html
*Walter Kohler, Jr., a businessman turned politician, served three terms as (Republican) Governor of Wisconsin between 1931 and 1957.
USE THE CONVENIENTLY (TRANSIT!) ACCESSIBLE CONFERENCE VENUE AS YOUR BASE:
"The conference will be held at the Wyndham City Center Hotel www.wyndham.com/hotels/DCADC/main.wnt (scroll down), 1143 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20037. This is an excellent facility located within walking distance of the Farragut North eg.washingtonpost.com/profile/795712 and Dupont Circle eg.washingtonpost.com/profile/795708 Metro stations." (but you better not want good public transit in your town, YESSIRREE!! or you will be seen as some sort of liberal leftwing commie or something very similar!! You have been warned!)
CONVENIENT CONNECTIONS TO INTERCITY TRANSPORT:
"Washington is conveniently served by three airports: National www.mwaa.com/national/index.htm, Dulles www.metwashairports.com/dulles/index.htm, and BWI www.bwiairport.com. National is the most convenient , but BWI is usually less expensive, so you may wish to check airfares for all three airports. National is directly served by Washington's $10 billion Metro rail system www.wmata.com/default.cfm; BWI has a non-stop bus to the nearest Metro station www.bwiairport.com (click "BWI Express Metro Bus); while Dulles requires an Airporter bus www.washfly.com to Washington."
The Secret Worldwide Transit Cabal does not necessarily oppose "smart-growth" plans, but we ARE unalterably opposed to "rail transit boondoggles"**
So, we consider ourselves invited, and we'll be there! (See you in D.C., Wendell!!)
**for example, see members.aol.com/alavanca/lrb.html. An example closer to home: "No one should logically have expected the Lee County Central (Illinois), a line from Amboy (pop. 1,900) through Lee Center (pop. 250) to an electric pole at a crossroads labeled Middlebury, to have earned a profit." (Hilton, George W., and John F. Due, The Electric Interurban Railways in America, Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1960.)
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