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Myth-buster case for light rail

Post by David Seago on Oct. 24, 2008 at 10:52 am with No Comments »
October 24, 2008 10:52 am

The huge price tag for light-rail projects like Sound Transit’s Prop. 1 makes it hard even for transit supporters to make the case for backing the measure.

But the job is much easier if you study Seattle economist Jon Talton’s “myth-buster” arguments for the measure, highlighted on the Crosscut Web site. Recommended reading.

Talton, a Seattle economist, has his own blog, Rogue Columnist, that is unabashedly liberal but nonetheless trains a critical eye on some of the stuff that pops up in today’s politics.

For instance, he examines the McCain-Palin charge that Barack Obama is a closet socialist by explaining what socialism really is. Good stuff. And here’s a good line:

In America, you could probably fit all the true socialists into a mid-sized tavern or faculty lounge.

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