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Seattle Rex and Mike McGinn Told You So!

Alaskan Way Viaduct

Just before a vote on the downtown tunnel was taken, I informed everyone that the tunnel was a terrible idea. I informed everyone that, instead of alleviating downtown traffic, the tunnel would result in far worse traffic.

Mere days after I laid out my arguments, however, the multi-billion dollar tunnel was approved by a voter margin of 60% to 40%.

Why?

I’ll tell you … the tunnel referendum was a prime example of my democratic theory. It was proof that democracy does not, and cannot work, because the very premise of democracy is fatally flawed.

Democracy gives equal weight on important decisions to those with IQ’s of 65, and those with IQ’s of 125. This allows those in power to completely nullify the votes of smarter people by catering to and manipulating the least intelligent. It is why, every year, we watch millions and millions of people repeatedly vote against their own interests.

We have a system of government wherein those with IQ’s of less than 110, the threshold for true critical thinking, have a greater influence than those with IQ’s of greater than 110.

Need more proof?

It is now February of 2012, a mere three months after the tunnel referendum was passed, and guess what?

http://www.king5.com/news/local/State-tolling-estimates-for-tunnel-way-off–What-now-140800843.html

Years before the first car will pay a toll to travel through the new tunnel along the Seattle waterfront, the State Department of Transportation is being forced to significantly revise downward the amount of money it will collect in tolls.

WSDOT is revising the revenue downward by $200 million, in effect cutting the projection in half.

“We felt confident in the projections,” said WSDOT’s David Dye. But Dye says the sluggish economic recovery, and experience with tolling on the 520 bridge has shown people are now more willing to sit in traffic to avoid paying tolls. Traffic volumes on 520 are down by 40%.

“We surveyed the value of time people have,” Dye said. In other words drivers are valuing their time less.

The new calculations were part of an overall look at the $3.1 billion dollar project in advance of going to Wall Street later this year to sell construction bonds.

“The financial world is just different from 2009,” Dye said.

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, ran on an anti-tunnel platform. He questioned the tolling forecast during the 2009 campaign. His office, which could have touted the ultimate – “I told you so”, was restrained in reaction to the news. Spokesman Aaron Pickus said, “We are pleased WSDOT is being realistic.”

Well, gee, you could have knocked me over with a feather.

I tried to warn you, and so did Mike McGinn.

It was all in vain, though.

“Mayor Mike McShwinn hates cars!” you all screamed like trained seals as you marked “yes” on your ballots.

I tried, and Mike tried … oh how we tried, but in the end, the Achilles’ heel of democracy raised its ugly head.

Once again, the big developers realized that, if you repeat something often enough, the masses will eventually accept it as fact. And so you did. You accepted an absolute boondoggle as the answer to your gridlock prayers, despite the overwhelming common-sense evidence that doing so made absolutely … no … sense.

Well folks I’m here to tell you, again, that you’ve been had. You’ve been taken. Run amok. Led astray. Hoodwinked. Bamboozled.

And if I could wager every last cent I had, I would bet that you’re still too stupid to realize it.

Do you want to know how stupid the media thinks you are? Check out King 5, playing you on both sides of the issue. This news outlet was tirelessly pro-tunnel and anti-McGinn prior to the referendum, but now that it’s a done deal, watch as they milk your outrage when the entire project is revealed to be a disaster. They don’t think you’ll notice the double-talk.

It’s all moot, though. Even if the voters of Seattle somehow awakened to their senses tomorrow, it would be too little too late. The Big Dig Part II is underway, and we couldn’t stop it now if our lives depended on it. Bend over, close your eyes, and go to your happy place, folks … cause this is gonna happen.

When it does happen, though. When tunnel construction is set in motion, and when I see you folks sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic, I’m going to jump up in the air, kick my heels, then do a little dance.

Every day, I am going to walk to a downtown street corner, and I am going to point and laugh hysterically at each and every one of you. Since I can’t stop it, I’m going to enjoy this little exercise in comeuppance. I’ll enjoy watching the people who voted for gridlock, sit in gridlock.

And when you start to whine … and you will … boy oh boy will you whine … I’m going to be here to remind you.

I told you so.

Mike did too.

2 comments to Seattle Rex and Mike McGinn Told You So!

  • James Black

    I love how economic projections always seem to conflict with big developers plans. Coincidence? Or conspiracy theory? You decide.

  • Not a Hater

    So your tunnel project is estimated to cost $3.1B? Any guesses on what the final cost will be? $6B? $7B?

    You may want to do a little research on the initial estimates and the final costs of Boston’s Big Dig…

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