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Old 10-08-08, 01:11 PM
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Republicans say walking & biking are wacky (Xpost from Commuting)

In a hotly contested House race, the Republican is attacking the Democrat for advocating that people walk and bike to get places.

Last gasp for a Party out of ideas?
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Old 10-08-08, 01:32 PM
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Originally Posted by bikinpolitico View Post
In a hotly contested House race, the Republican is attacking the Democrat for advocating that people walk and bike to get places.

Last gasp for a Party out of ideas?
I doubt it's a deeply thought out philosophical position. For fear mongering purposes, "My opponent wants to take away your cars!!" is just about as good as "He wants to raise your taxes!!" or "His name rhymes with Osama so he's practically a terrorist!!".
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Coming from the party chanting "drill baby drill" at their national convention? Nothing surprises me.

That chant probably guaranteed a straight ticket vote from me for at least four years. Idiots.
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The clip talks about having to make sacrifices. That is something you seldom hear in a political campaign. Too bad, because that's what needs to happen. And, if China decides to rescind our line of credit, that might just happen sooner than you'd think.
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I started the thread on "bikes in the energy bill debate" because I kept hearing congressmen complain about other congressmen saying that bike transportation might help the nation's energy problems. I'm not sure of the party affiliation, but it isn't just a part of a local debate. It might be good news that people are talking about using bikes for transportation instead of not even thinking of it. What I don't get is why it is being presented as a Party issue, a plank in the platform so to speak. I used to work on a military base and there were many bike users and some who I knew voted Republican. The Republicans might lose some voters if they paint people who use bikes for transportation as "wacky". They shouldn't go that far. If they want to discuss transportation and energy they should talk about the conditions that make bike transportation feasible and how their free market, pro business policies will magically create the transportation infrastructure lets people get around most efficiently-without any government intervention beyond tax breaks for large construction firms.
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No, it shouldn't be a party issue, but every single politician I've seen laughing at the idea of cycling has been a Republican. They seem to be bitterly against any plan that doesn't center around reducing regulation on the oil companies.
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Old 10-09-08, 11:21 AM
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Anything to get more support. They will gain more supporters who see bicycling and walking as impractical childish or liberal nonsense than bicycling proponents they lose.
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Anything to get more support. They will gain more supporters who see bicycling and walking as impractical childish or liberal nonsense than bicycling proponents they lose.
Wow you guys make the Republican politicians seem like short sighted nincompoops who want to get votes from the most ignorant manipulable sectors of our society. But the Republican voters I know, who are also car free or use bikes for transportation, are thoughtful articulate people with good paying jobs. They are the kind of supporters any politician should want to keep because they can speak well of the party and have disposable income to contribute.
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If you ask me, the walkers in that video appear to be living just fine; No wackiness there. Plus they are all much thinner and healthier-looking than Phil English, approver of this attack ad.
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And, if China decides to rescind our line of credit, that might just happen sooner than you'd think.
Scary thought: China "decides to rescind our line of credit" and the U.S. economy starts to look as bad as rural china.
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I wonder if the old saying "It takes one to know one" applies here. Those republicans!
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Wow you guys make the Republican politicians seem like short sighted nincompoops who want to get votes from the most ignorant manipulable sectors of our society.
Well, a lot of them sure act like that. If you didn't notice the incredible insult to American intelligence that was picking Sarah Palin as a vice president...


Anyway, when the economy goes to hell we're all going to be on bikes, right or left.
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Well, a lot of them sure act like that. If you didn't notice the incredible insult to American intelligence that was picking Sarah Palin as a vice president...
Is this the same 'American intelligence' that has kept George W. Bush as its president for the past 8 years?!

Unfortunately elections are an image and popularity contest with a completely disproportionate 'prize' for winning.
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We know what to expect under a Republican led Department of Transportation. Just look to its current Secretary Mary Peters. She and her famous comment about spending on Bike Infrastructure causing the Minneapolis bridge to fall into the Mississippi River. Why would another Republican US Department of Transportation be any different. Yes, there are Republicans who are members of the COngressional Bike caucus, but why are they not offended by Mary Peter's anti bike rhetoric. For our one issue, cyclist voters, does this tell us how to vote. ?.
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA (BRAIN)—A Salon.com story went after U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters for anti-bike remarks she made on PBS's "NewsHour With Jim Lehrer."

Salon's Katharine Mieszkowski wrote:

"Peters spoke against a proposal to raise gas taxes to shore up the nation's aging infrastructure. The real problem, the secretary argued, is that only 60 percent of the current money raised by gas taxes goes to highways and bridges. She conveniently neglected to mention that about 30 percent of the money goes to public transit. She then went on to blast congressional earmarks, which dedicate 10 percent of the gas tax to some 6,000 other projects around the country."

"There are museums that are being built with that money, bike paths, trails, repairing lighthouses. Those are some of the kind of things that that money is being spent on, as opposed to our infrastructure," Peters said on the show. The secretary added that projects like bike paths and trails "are really not transportation."


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Originally Posted by Bike_UK View Post
Is this the same 'American intelligence' that has kept George W. Bush as its president for the past 8 years?!
Touche

Still, the ones of us that half more than an ounce or two of functioning brain were insulted.

Unfortunately elections are an image and popularity contest with a completely disproportionate 'prize' for winning.
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Something about drive-thrus and parking lots never made sense to me.

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I realize we don't have enough parking in my town, but I don't care. Unlike everyone else, we have enough homes, enough businesses, and short commutes (via any means).
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Sort of hard to build freeways , when you have the density of a Hong Kong or Singapore, along with limited land availability. it's the cities with the spread out suburbs where energy is used so wastefully
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Proper nutrition is important too.

Walking and Biking are important alternatives.


And also!


Don't forget to eat a good portion of vegetables every day.

You know...like Ketchup and Mustard :-).

Remember who came up with that one?

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if it snowed where i live, i would totally use dog sleds.
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if it snowed where i live, i would totally use dog sleds.
Heck, you could do it year round! What's greener than dog sledding!?

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What's up with knocking dog sledding also. I really don't like dogs or snow but if I ever go to alaska I am going dog sleding for sure that looks like some serious fun. But I am a whack walking and cycling citizen so what do I know.
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Did that video actually use the word wacky? Maybe it's targeted at an older generation...
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Republicans should be called Regressives!!
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You know, I bet 99% of democrats think being car free is just as crazy. Maybe they are just polite enough to not say so in public
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