Ray LaHood of "high speed rail": “It is a way to coerce people out of their cars."
He's a confirmation of exactly what we've come to know about "Republicans" in general; that any of them wear an "R" after their names is not reason enough to believe there is a significant difference in how and what they think than any one with a "D" instead.
They get elected or appointed, go to DC and swim in the rarified atmosphere created by people who are used to playing with enormous amounts of money, with almost unlimited authority to f**k with people's lives; the will to power gives them the conviction that since they can, they must.
“And the only person that I've heard of that objects to this is George Will. Check out Newsweek magazine,” said LaHood.
Lahood then made a joke about the fact that some conservatives believe that the way he wants to use the Department of Transportation represents an increased government intrusion in people’s lives.
“Some conservative groups are wary of the livable communities program, saying it's an example of government intrusion into people's lives,” said the moderator. “How do you respond?”
“About everything we do around here is government intrusion in people's lives,” said LaHood. “So have at it.”