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  •  The issue is to look beyond what can be done... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...given the current make-up of Congress. Yes, Obama has initiated some very good actions in transportation (and in renewables), as I have reported and praised previously over the past nearly five years.

    And, yes, he is limited by know-nothings and the general obstructionism of Republicans and some members of his own party. But, as noted in my post, the process of switching some truck traffic to rail is a long-term effort and not even including mention of it when we're talking about improving efficiency is short-sighted, in my opinion. You label that insulting because it's more important to you that Obama humiliates the left than actually lays out a vision—a vision we all know can't be accomplished without a change in Congress.

    I'm a believer in "make him do it," something the president himself gave us reason to believe he supports. Making him do it requires more, obviously, than just yammering. It means working to provide him (and his Democratic successors) more allies in the House and Senate, But if he would push harder on certain ideas, vastly expanded, green-sourced rail, it could help create those allies.

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Wed Feb 19, 2014 at 03:08:55 PM PST

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