Comment 59921

By Brandon (registered) | Posted February 17, 2011 at 14:11:08 in reply to Comment 59918

Perhaps it's just a general awareness that the commentator in question (who shall remain nameless to protect your innocence) often sidetracks the discussion with issues that aren't terribly relevant or realistic.

Constantly ascribing to a totally anarchistic/libertarian point of view is admirable in some ways but completely irrelevant to the way things are actually run. You could (and frequently do!) make the argument that the leftist approach taken by many of the commentators on the site is equally irrelevant, but the difference is that we honestly believe that our policies will improve things overall whereas yours will result in nothing being done.

As an example, investment in LRT has been shown to provide significant returns for the cities that have invested in it, you respond that private industry should invest in it if it's so profitable. We both know that's not going to happen, but if the government does it the benefits will accrue to the city as a whole, increasing the tax base and perhaps providing the opportunity to lower individual taxes.

Pipe dreams? Maybe, but the point is that we KNOW you disagree with them due to their very nature and that, philosophically, we're going to disagree with the thrust, if not necessarily the specific content, of your posts.

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