Tuesday, October 2, 2007

How do you put out a fire? Why, you throw gas on it!

Posted By on Tue, Oct 2, 2007 at 9:35 PM

A wise Chinese philosopher once said, "Atlanta traffic is like water — give it another route and it finds its own way." (Don't bother looking it up; the sage's name has been lost to the cruel winds of time.)

That means more roads lead to more cars and more cars to more congestion. More roads cost more money, which equates to less funding for transit alternatives. You mean something like this?

But you want the real solution to Atlanta's wretched traffic situation? It's not public transit. What say you, House Speaker Glenn Richardson and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle via a released statement?

“There are far too many government agencies debating transportation plans instead of building roads.”

*Cough, cough* ... sorry ... wow ... I just choked on my soul for a second there. Get to it, you loafers! Build those roads!

Richardson and Cagle sure ain't alone. Jim Wooten at That Other Paper believes the solution to our transportation woes is to dust off the old statue and have him do exactly what the distinguished gentlemen above suggest: Rattle the lackadaisical bicker-bodies trying to figure out what to do about the problem.

What's that saying about how to get out of a hole, guys? "First you gotta stop digging," or something like that?

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