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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Molina On Wheels

If you liked her as an L.A. County Supervisor, you'll love her in her new role as head of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Gloria Molina.

As reported in the Daily News, now that Villaraigosa has milked all the photo-ops he can out of the subway and busses, he has handed the position over to Molina -- just in time for the October hearing on the consent decree in the lawsuit filed by the Bus Riders' Union. Kind of like, "the baby's stinky -- here, you take it."

Molina endeared herself to most of us by spending millions our hard-earned tax dollars on a Mexican-American cultural heritage area.

I can't wait to see what she does with the MTA's $3 billion annual budget. I'm guessing she's going to give the Bus Riders' Union whatever they want, which is more busses, more often. After all, you have a right to affordable housing, affordable transportation, and free urban farm land. Plus, thanks to San Francisco, you have a right to free medical care.


Anonymous Anonymous said:

Walter you are a racist asshole!

July 19, 2006 9:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Thanks to posts like this one, reading this blog is like drinking the tap water in TJ.

July 19, 2006 9:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LOL. I wish she would give me free cable tv and Internet..I have rights too!

July 19, 2006 10:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If Molina were for the (not exactly) free urban farm land - I think I might change my mind a little about her then. Tha'ts one of her only decisions I agree with.

July 20, 2006 1:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Molina is the biggest (and getting bigger) hack politician out there.

Forget Hispanic, she is no different than the white guys who ran Chicago and New York 100 years ago.

July 20, 2006 8:10 AM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

And I am racist because. . . ? Because I don't like people wasting my tax dollars? I don't care about a politician's race, sex, sexual orientation, or national origin: ripping off taxpayers is wrong, and you don't get a "pass" based on race. We don't need "cultural centers," or additional opera houses, we need enough police so children don't have to fear getting shot at school.

And if you're too young to remember Herb Alpert and his music, or too "touchy" that anyone dare refer to a "Tijuana Taxi," well, forgive me for enjoying life. I can't wait to go to your politically correct comedy club. Of course, you won't let Mencia open his mouth. Or Chappelle, or, if he were alive, Pryor.

July 20, 2006 8:46 AM  

Blogger ubrayj02 said:

What a nightmare! Affordable housing! Affordable transportation! Urban farm land! And (gasp! NOOOO!) free medical care!!

What is the world coming to?!

Walter I am with you on this one, these maniacs must be stopped! Quick - to the Republican-mobile!

July 20, 2006 11:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If you want free medical care, then emmigrate to Cuba. Lots of free stuff there.

July 20, 2006 12:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

When is she up for 'renewal'????

Or better yet, maybe she will be struck by a runaway MTA bus!

July 20, 2006 1:28 PM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

You see, Ubray, they tried this whole "free" concept already. It was called "the Soviet Union." It didn't turn out so well.

That's not really fair, though. The "affordable housing" move isn't really intended to benefit the poor; it's intended to benefit rich campaign contributors, by giving them taxpayers' money.

And, by the way, do you ever look at your pay stubs and receipts? Do you have any idea what percentage of your income already goes to taxes -- not counting the increased rent you pay so your landlord can pay property taxes.

But I have to admit, the "Republican Mobile" is pretty funny. It's probably a Humvee. Not an H2 or H3, mind you, but the Mother of All Guzzlers.

July 20, 2006 4:21 PM  

Blogger Peter McFerrin said:

Mr. Moore, there are two countries in the OECD (club of developed economies) that collect a lower percentage of their GDP in taxes than does the United States: Mexico and South Korea. South Korea soaks its poor and middle class while leaving the rich relatively unscathed, which is why you see so many middle-class Koreans moving here. Mexico's government is too corrupt to collect taxes from the rich, which is why it can't pay for basic services and a sixth of its citizenry lives north of the border. There are something like ten percentage points of GDP between our tax take and the next-lowest OECD country, which IIRC is either Canada or the UK.

I'm not sayin' that we should start taxing like Scandinavians, but unless you're dumb enough to believe in a high-peaked Laffer curve, the country would probably be better off as a whole if we engaged in a little more public investment--which would, yes, require higher taxes at the federal level. A national health care system that emphasizes preventive care would be a great place to start, because as it stands our health system is destroying our economic competitiveness. It should say something that, despite all the shit people talk about Canada's socialized medicine, the Big Three automakers are falling all over themselves to move plants there because they can save huge amounts of money on health expenses.

BTW, if 'brayj lives in Highland Park, he's probably in a building old enough that its assessed value is in the low five figures. Property taxes? Pshaw.

July 20, 2006 4:58 PM  

Blogger Peter McFerrin said:

The H1 would be a perfect symbol for the GOP. It announces that its driver is deeply insecure and fearful, and allows its driver to be deeply irresponsible because he/she knows that they'll inflict far more damage in an accident than they'll sustain. Because it's so heavy, it does far more damage to the roads on which it drives than it pays back in gas taxes, despite using so much gasoline. Its driver probably talks a good talk about bootstraps and self-reliance, but deducted it from their tax bill as a "work truck" even though it's primarily used to haul kids and groceries.

July 20, 2006 5:03 PM  

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