If you read my blog or listen to my show, you know I’m a huge fan of Kevin Williamson, writer at National Review and author of The End Is Near (And It’s Going To Be Awesome).
One of his book’s (and body of work’s) central theses is that politics is the worst possible way to allocate resources.
Yesterday’s story about the Green Line light rail – which was built as a relatively heavy, relatively high-speed “Light Rail” line down a crowded commercial street entirely due to the desire to play the political subsidy game, and was conceived in the first place less to move people than to re-engineer the layout of the area between the Twin Downtowns – is evidence toward the thesis.
“But if the government doesn’t build things – not just trains, but roads and streets – then who will?”
If people need to go from one place to another, somebody will find a way to get them from point A to point B.