Saturday, November 5, 2016

Wait A Minute, New York Post!

I just read this article.  And, frankly, I'm confused.

The article in question describes, in some detail, the impact that the soon-to-be-opened Second Avenue subway line in New York is having on the surrounding real estate.

To be more precise, the positive impact.  In new tenants.  And new projects.

But here's why I'm confused.

Not to put too fine a point on this, but the Second Avenue subway project is, of course, an example of big-government spending.  Really, really. really big-government spending. 

And it seems to be having a positive effect.  Yes, even in expensive, over-taxed, over-unionized New York.

Don't you see the irony in all of this?

Conservatives are supposed to hate all government spending (except on defense projects). Government spending supposedly reduces private investment, raises taxes, promotes indolence, and otherwise leads to all sorts of deadly sins.  Yet here is an article, in a conservative newspaper, that promotes the ability of government spending to give a major economic boost to an underutilized portion of the City.

And it's a mass transit project, no less.  Conservatives hate these kinds of projects.  Maryland's newly-minted Republican Governor, Larry Hogan, took great pains to kill off a $2 billion public transit project for the city of Baltimore.  He's with the program:  tell people that government projects don't work, even when they do.  (Hogan's mentor, Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey, adopted the same approach when he took office; it hasn't worked out so well for him since then).

Get back on the ball, Posties.  Go back to suppressing the truth.  It may yet help you hold on to power.  For a little while, anyway.

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