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  •  That's the problem with democracy. (1+ / 0-)
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    This is the "What's The Matter With Kansas?" problem. If people insist on voting against their interests, you can't have wise government. You can only have varying degrees of stupid.

    A HOT lane is the least stupid thing we're likely to get in Georgia. If people in the slow lanes get pissed off, GOOD. Maybe they'll notice that the buses are in the HOT lanes, and they'll start to ride the bus. Maybe they'll notice that living way the hell out in Deepest Suburbia turned out not to be such a great idea, and they'll move closer to work. Maybe they'll notice that their home county's zoning code prevents having more jobs closer to home, and they'll support changing the zoning laws.

    Shielding people from the consequences of their bad decisions is usually a mistake.

    "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

    by HeyMikey on Wed Jul 10, 2013 at 03:20:40 PM PDT

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    •  "the least stupid thing we're likely to get" (1+ / 0-)
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      I agree that the "HOT lane is the least stupid thing we're likely to get in Georgia."  That's the reality we face with most political decisions in the state.

      Another problem is the tendency (no doubt intentional) to schedule local important state and local votes on to be held on "off" voting dates, rather than with the general elections.  

      Maybe I should abstain from the discussion.  I have a 0-5 minute commute and can afford the HOT lanes when I need to take them.

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