In 2005, a Republican-controlled Capitol Hill pushed through the infamous $280 billion Highways Act, which was the largest transport bill in US history. It was dubbed the “Bridge to Nowhere” because it was stuffed with boondoggles, including the notorious $223 million Alaskan bridge to an island of 50 people already served by ferry. The bill won near-unanimous support.
In June 2012, the State of California is pushing a $10 or so million dollar Malibu Lagoon “restoration” project that will destroy three bridges to somewhere – world-famous Surfrider beach. At the same time, the State is closing 70 State parks this year because of the state budget deficit and Governor Brown will be asking the voters for a tax increase in November.
I took my children to the three bridges yesterday so they could see a piece of Malibu history. Although the day was bittersweet because we were powerless to do anything to stop the bridges from being destroyed, my only consolation was knowing that the people have the power this November when we are asked to approve a tax increase proposed by our Governor.
I will remember this boondoggle when I vote on his tax measure in November. Will you?