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Boise Mayor Dave Bieter in secret meetings to blow $560 million of federal
welfare dollars on downtown Boise streetcar named “Desire”… or is that a
streetcar named “Huge Deficit?”
Sep 18, 2009
How did a 2.3-mile Boise Trolley Car Project, initially estimated at $40 to
$65 Million, suddenly escalate into a $560 Million project in less than a
Marxist Idaho Statesman news rag invents new math number: “450,00” (so, is
it a whopping four hundred and fifty thousand riders, or a paltry forty-five
thousand riders as a “projected number of trips taken on the streetcar in
its first year?”)
Boise, ID –
Whoa, girl friends, gather around, pull up the floor, shut up, and listen to
the Boise North Enders’ Socialist Sweatheart, Mayor Dave Bieter, as he blows
our mind with another multi-million dollar socialist spending proposal
called, A Streetcar Named Desire… or,
should we say, A Streetcar Named Huge Deficit
Spending? This Boise Economic Fairytale is reminiscent of the
failed $136 Million University Place fiasco of 1998-2005, complete with many
of the same University Place fiasco players, such as our Boise Urban Renewal
Agency -- Capital City Development Corporation (CCDC) -- and all the other
usual local government suspects.
exactly is our Democratic Socialist mayor up to now?
guise of using Keynesian inflated “stimulus” money pouring out of the
Federal Reserve and U.S. Treasury in Washington, DC, our local yokel
politicians have fallen for the Marxist Fairytale that one can actually
increase the wealth of a nation, or our local Boise community in this case,
by inflating our Pulp Fiction Dollars to create a “Multiplier Effect” --
$1.57 in new wealth for every federal dollar spent, says Treasury Secretary
Little Timmy Geithner, our Top Dog IRS Chief who blamed TurboTax as his
excuse for not paying $46,000 or so in past income taxes – that can enrich
our nation and solve unemployment. Calculating with the New Socialist Math,
i.e., dividing the mirage of New Socialist Wealth (created by inflation of
the money supply) by somebody’s guess of what the wage rate of the total
unemployed should be, Mayor Dave Bieter arrives at the number of unemployed
people who can be put to work on “shovel-ready,” make-work government
projects, such as Bieter’s Streetcar Named
Nor is Bieter alone in this view. Idaho U.S. Senator Mike Crapo chimed in
with, “This is exactly the type of project that
the stimulus was created for.”
for Idaho’s U.S. Congressmen understanding basic Econ 101A.
Review: You cannot enrich a nation via the federal printing presses. There
are no such things as “multiplier effects” and “stimulus” packages that can
solve unemployment. Every nation that has tried to enrich itself by
inflating its currency has gone broke.
Idaho Statesman newspaper got it all wrong, the facts and figures reported
by them in their daily rag suggest an unprecedented level of federal Welfare
State money asked for in a 135-page request by Boise Mayor Dave Bieter: $60
Million in federal grants to start and $560 Million to finish off the
project, including $1.2 Million a year for maintenance.
the Q & A by the Statesman and Hizz Honor, Mayor Bieter:
When could it be built?
Soon. Very soon. And if Boise don’t receive da dough, it will still be
built, just delayed a fortnight or two.
Who will pay for it?
Who do you think, dummy? A TIGER cartoon character named Pooh, oops I mean
a federal government entity with a nickname of: Transportation Investment
Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER), or “Up Yours Taxpayers,” for short.
The Feds got $1.5 Billion to blow on the entire nation for highways and
junk, so we want to get our share of the next Depression money, right?
Plus, $5 Million from da Urban Renewal Boyz. And $15 Million in city taxes
and parking fees and other forms of government extortion from the
non-existent businesses that ain’t gonna be there after this thing is built.
Is the city required to hold an election to create a local improvement
No, the state legies create the district. And we got ways to get around the
state Constitutional requirement of two-thirds of the voters needed to go
into multi-year debt, like we can do a fake rent-purchase deal like we done
to build the Ada County Courthouse wid a fake 99-year lease, or we can just
claim that a New Urban Renewal District can go into multi-year indebtedness
to over-ride the Idaho Constitution somehow. Ha Ha. We got ways,
know whut I
Where will it go?
2.3 miles up and back on Main and Idaho streets. That’s only a $243 Million
cost per mile. What a deal, huh? We’ll never be able to pay this back, at
least not at par value, heh heh heh. And that’s the idea, right? Socialist
Work Programs forever because the cost for riding on my
Streetcar Named Deficit is: da-da,
Will any lanes or streets be permanently closed to traffic?
Naw, we plan to rip up and lay Trolley tracks right where da cars drive,
only we will be stopping the Streetcar every whipstitch minute to pick up
and let off the two homeless wino riders (hey, it’s free, remember) creating
a traffic jam every day on these One Way streets. Plus we lose 15 parking
spots so’s the Trolley can make a U-Bee at the end of this Merry-go-Round to
all the empty business buildings downtown where nobody ain’t gonna buy
nothing because we will still be in a Depression.
What about parking spaces?
Hey, I already told you. Wasn’t you listening?
When will it run?
All da time, honey. 8 days a week, ha ha, just like the Beatles’ tune.
Who has been working on this project?
Shhh, it’s a secret and the meetings ain’t open to da stupid taxpaying
When can the public comment on this secret project?
Never. Do we look that stupid to run this Socialist Fairytale by those who
are going to be taxed for it? Duh… The City Council will pretend, of
course, to hold hearings at midnight after the NFL Monday Night Football
Game but, other than that, nada, zip, zero, never gonna happen, baby… .
Hey, we at
Free Market Duck have an idea. How about letting the free market take care
of whether there is a demand for streetcars in downtown Boise? Wow, what a
concept? Freedom. A private company already runs trolleys on regular
vehicle tires, not expensive railroad tracks, all over downtown Boise.
We’re sure that if demand was really there, the owner would increase the
number of trolleys to earn more money. And all of this without one dime of
that’s the point isn’t it, Mayor Bieter. The politicians and Urban Renewal
District and other special interest groups wouldn’t be tapping the federal
government for “free” federal dollars to stuff into their pockets if we
allowed the free market to work. And the Federal Reserve central bankers
wouldn’t be charging us interest on their manufactured National Debt by
issuing inflated Government T-Bills, which they then turn right around in 3
weeks and “monetize” that debt created out of thin air with another debt
created out of thin air: freshly printed U.S. Dollars. Follow the money.
It’s all a game, a monetary game to enrich the central bankers, to transfer
your wealth into their pockets, under the guise of saving the poor
downtrodden masses. Mayor Bieter and Da Boyz of Boize, they’re just “useful
idiots” in the Bigger Picture. – FM Duck
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