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Re: “In a face-off against Pritzker, Rauner tries a little Reagan-style voodoo economics

The single biggest waste of money on this planet. Who would pay to be boss of this fiasco? Who would have thought that the office of governor would morph into a battle of the losers?

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Posted by buster on 10/11/2018 at 7:17 PM

Re: “Loop Link bus corridor isn't yielding the travel-time improvements hoped for

Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a new water main as much as the next guy, and we should be getting those, but from systematic, old fashioned infrastructure restoration, not fad make-work gimmicks. The Wabash "L" renovation was ground up, balls out, scorched earth replacement of the real workhorse of downtown commuting and it should last 100 years. Not an old piece of dirt in the ground there. Cost plenty but only once. The workers ain't the problem, it's the Rahms. How much more proof do you need?

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Posted by buster on 10/08/2018 at 2:23 PM

Re: “Loop Link bus corridor isn't yielding the travel-time improvements hoped for

I should rephrase that, The cost did not justify the expense, not just to the taxpayers, but to utility customers and property owners. It didn't "solve" anything. All we really got out of it is a new street and a minute or two off the trip, unless it's snowing. And now there are a whole new slew of restrictions about repairing anything underground there, which add expense, and a whole new set of Fiat killing concrete inventions in the road which will require a lot more maintenance for square foot than the same amount of flat asphalt. I think we receive an equal benefit just by having companies downtown start at different hours to smooth out spikes in traffic, especially Nationwide or International companies that operate in different time zones.

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Posted by buster on 10/08/2018 at 2:07 PM

Re: “Loop Link bus corridor isn't yielding the travel-time improvements hoped for

It was more like 141 million, wasted. I was there. The city wanted the new configuration to remain undisturbed by utility repairs, so they FORCED all utilities to either move out of the way or build underground room additions for their structures so access manholes were outside of the bus lanes and in the roadway. Unbelievable amount of design and inspection before they even started. Everyone knew the end result was a Saturday bus pace instead of a Monday; absolutely meaningless. ComEd, Gas, all manner of telecommunication were all moved out of the way. Water mains were completely replaced and every single building on the route experienced enormous difficulties and expenses accommodating the work. It was a boon for labor and generated it's own economy for underground utility contractors. There was also an insane amount of consideration given to cyclists, mandating that they be considered at all stages, again at astronomical expense. That was just one more way the cycling agenda has been used by city hall to justify a cost additive where simply telling riders to either go over a block or walk your bike. We all knew it was a joke but this thing was bigger than any of us, that's for sure. Most healthy people just walk to and from the train, they didn't get a single additional passenger as the result of this monumental public works fiasco. It's really just the 22nd century's version of mound building. You could have built a bike lane from here to Russia for what they spent on this bullshit.

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Posted by buster on 10/08/2018 at 11:20 AM

Re: “Loop Link bus corridor isn't yielding the travel-time improvements hoped for

You kick me off for good?

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Posted by buster on 10/08/2018 at 10:28 AM

Re: “Landlords for rent control? You heard that right

All leftist ideology collapses under inspection. All government charity is the deliberate and sinister destruction of capital. All their recent actions in Washington reveal them to be little more than histrionic Scheherazades telling tales in order to stay alive another day. They are the raconteurs of Satan. Some day I will tell you how I really feel.

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Posted by buster on 10/07/2018 at 12:55 PM

Re: “The Jason Van Dyke case showed the danger of being ruled by fear

Also, that was not me that disliked your statement.

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Posted by buster on 10/06/2018 at 2:43 PM

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