McDonnell and 3M (Mismanaged Money-losing Metro)
The Virginia Republican establishment may as well just fold up shop and go home for good. Bob McDonnell, the supposed head of the party in Virginia, is now urging Loudoun Republicans to vote for this boondoggle.
You can’t get around the inconvenient truth that Metro is a mess. I urge everyone to think about it as Mismanaged Money-losing Metro every time you see it mentioned. After all the bitching and moaning about TARP and federal stimulus spending from people like McDonnell, they now expect Loudoun County to sign on to continual subsidies in the millions of dollars per year.
Metro is absolutely mismanaged. Every week brings another news story that drives that point home. As hard as it is to believe, the entity that has been chosen to complete this project, MWAA, is even worse than Metro itself. Metro is a huge money loser. Fares are going up again and yet it will still require millions of dollars in subsidies to keep it running. On top of the basic annual deficits for operations, Metro is so behind on basic infrastructure maintenance and upgrades that it will never catch up.
So here we have a DC-centric mismanaged money-losing Metro system and we have supposed fiscal conservatives who supposedly want to shrink government telling us we need to sign on to this mess to help keep it afloat. There is nothing conservative in that message whatsoever.
Don’t ever forget, people, that the spend-happy Obama administration that these so-called conservatives love to vilify declined to fund this because it doesn’t come close to meeting their standards. So instead these so-called conservatives will push a scheme that is basically arm-twisting greenie weenie nonsense – let’s tax the crap out of toll road users to try to force the peons onto Metro.
Why the abandonment of principles? Why else – money. A lot of very well connected powerful people stand to make a boatload of money off of this. Fiscal conservatives, my ass. What a joke. Stick a fork in the heart of any notion of the Virginia Republican establishment as being fiscally conservative.