Rochester, NY has a section of expressway that surrounds downtown. It’s known as the Inner Loop. Some people want to fill it in with dirt, or even water to make a canal. The good Chuck Schumer has a plan …
The official press release from Senator Charles E. Schumer reads:
Senator Charles E. Schumer: “Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer urged the Department of Transportation to select the City of Rochester’s application for a $15 million TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) Discretionary Grant, for the City’s Inner Loop East Reconstruction Project. The Inner Loop Expressway is an underutilized and deteriorated highway that isolates Rochester’s downtown from the rest of the City and its vibrant neighborhoods nearby, which creates an impediment to economic activity and business development in the area. This project would remove this obstructive, 12 lane wide section of the Inner Loop Expressway, and replace it with a new, high quality city boulevard. Schumer, standing near the Inner Loop on North Union Street, vowed to push for the City’s application, as the project would reconnect downtown with the rest of Rochester, and set the stage for business development, job creation and economic growth. Schumer noted that city officials have told him that the Inner Loop project would create or retain over 300 jobs initially and up to 3,680 jobs at full build-out, create nine acres of land for further development, and produce as much as $6.86 million annually in new property taxes.”
With apologies to the good Drs. at Cafe Hayek, let’s take a stab at rewriting this to make it a bit more honest.
“Senior Senator and lifetime ‘public servant’ Chuck Schumer has worked diligently to lock-up Rochester, NY area votes. During a photo-op and press conference (he never misses these), the good Senator explained how he was working to force taxpayers in other towns and cities (at the muzzle of a gun), even those in distant states (some not even born yet) to pay for a massive local Rochester construction project. Rochesterians will love their Senator for the “free lunch,” and those in other states, who may not even realize they are being fleeced, can not vote against the Senator from NY.” [note how this model promotes over-consumption]
The dirty little secret here? Senators and Congress-people in the other 49 states are all doing the exact same thing. Reminds me of the classic “Button, Button” episode of The Twilight Zone.
And while we’re here, let’s reconsider any laws/acts with clever names or acronyms.