Saturday, April 25, 2015

Opposing the Cincinnati Streetcar: That Train of Thought Has Left the Station

 Until I came across this article on Twitter today, I had no idea that there were still people trying to get the Cincinnati streetcar project canceled? Really? They need to let it go already.

I say this as someone who is really against the streetcar project. It's just another toy to make life easier for the folks who are "gentrifying" downtown. "Gentrifying" is a word used here which means political speak for pushing poor black people out of a neighborhood to make way for rich white people.

Two years ago, Mayor Cranley officially announced the conclusion most of us had already drawn - that it would cost just as much to cancel the project as it would to go ahead and finish it given the time and money already invested. So we may as well build the thing and be done with it and that's what's happening.

A lot of people, myself included shrugged, popped some popcorn and waited for tales of shoddy management, cost overruns and construction delays. We've gotten that and more.

Right now the latest contention is that some folks took it upon themselves to have a study done for phase two of the project when phase one isn't sure to complete any time soon.

What's going completely unnoticed as usual is the lives of black people being rearranged for the convenience and pleasure of white people who demand their space, take it over and don't really give a damn about much else.

Even so, fighting the streetcar at this point is just stupid.

What this city really needs is light rail. And what the state of Ohio needs is to get the 3C Rail Project back on track. According to Wikipedia, the state funds for the project are still on hold. It's not the same as having the federal dollars John Kasich gave up because being a jerk to President Obama was more important than helping the people of Ohio, but it's a start.

But hey, why meet the needs of the working majority when you can cater to the rich and powerful few?

Friday, April 03, 2015

Pick a Side

Republicans have lost their damned minds. Collectively. It's bad enough every single one of them is reading from the same Koch approved script, but what's worse, is far too many of them are seriously drinking the kool-aid of belief.

I understand why Republicans want power and money. What I don't understand is why the rest of us put up with their bullshit.

Republicans want to take our government "Of the people, by the people, for the people," and make if "Of the rich, by the rich, for the rich."

Enough is enough. The grownups in the room need to starting back for the public good. Public schools, public healthcare and a decent, publicly funded infrastructure are the very basics of what we need to make sure our communities not only survive but thrive.

Republican ideology not only threatens and thwarts public services that should be a matter of course. Republican ideology - based on false religious concepts and tyranny - threatens the freedom of anyone not rich, white and male.

I have no idea why black people or women can even consider being Republican. The only thing more delusional than rich people who think they can tyrannize others is the delusion of people joining a Republican Party that despises their existence and well-being.

Pick a side people. Not Democrat or Republican. Pick the side of the community of the world that needs decent people to stand up against the idiocy of rich people being the biggest bullies in the playground.

It's long past time we called out the Republican Party for what is: The party of pseudo-Christian, racist, misogynist rich white males who couldn't give a damn about anyone else.