Jack Kurzweil 
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Re: “BART's Big Gift to Wealthy Corporations

A few observations:
1. Mass transit is a public good, something that few of the commentators have acknowledged. That many of the initial decisions regarding the design and funding of BART were deeply flawed and that those flaws are still with us should not obscure that truth.
2. To suggest that BART be financed by those business interests that benefit from it the most is, in my view, to accept the notion of privatization of the public good.
3. The belated expansion of BART into Warm Springs (and then to San Jose) and Contra Costa County is the fulfillment of a promise to people in those areas who have been paying taxes to BART since the 1970's. The expansion to San Jose (payed for by Santa Clara county residents) is, in my view, 40 years overdue.
4. Our system of taxation favors the rich over the poor. It's not particularly confined to BART.
5. The arguments about "selfish" BART workers are the same arguments about teachers, nurses, public workers, etc. Should a race to the bottom be the benchmark of how workers are paid? How about raising the minimum wage?
6. If you want to see the arguments for BART expansion, get yourself onto the freeways.
7. Most important, candidates who run as progressives should be prepared to act as progressives when in office. That means being prepared to fight with the business interests that run the institutions of the Bay Area. Progressivism should mean more than fuzzy feel-good pablum.

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Posted by Jack Kurzweil on 07/21/2013 at 10:04 AM

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