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Celebrating another great public structure that the right opposed

It’s great that Virginia’s right-wing governor, Bob McDonnell, will be joining our own Bev Perdue to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Blue Ridge Parkway today. The Parkway, of course, was an FDR/New Deal project that enjoyed significant contributions from Works Progress Administration, the Emergency Relief Administration, the Civilian Conservation Corps, and even conscientious objectors in the Civilian Public Service program during WWII.

Don’t you just love it when figures on the far right hypocritically celebrate things that they would have opposed as “socialistic” back when they were first advanced?

It’s reminiscent of the way conservative corporate barons and their hired lackeys get all misty eyed over the American Revolution despite the patently obvious fact that their true forbears were among the one-third of the population that remained in the loyalist camp.

8 Comments


  1. Alex Morris

    September 10, 2010 at 10:49 am

    I’m amazed that someone can take such a mundane event, and turn it into a left vs.right story. This has to be mentally taxing.

  2. Alex Morris

    September 10, 2010 at 10:56 am

    I notice that Bob McDonnell is doing the smart thing and privatizing the ABC liquor system in Virginia. Bev Perdue will study it for a couple of years, and then do nothing. They need it too much to give jobs to political cronies.

  3. Jeff Shaw

    September 10, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Call Temperance Brennan and Seeley Booth: I think somebody just murdered irony and then set it on fire.

  4. Alex Morris

    September 10, 2010 at 11:36 am

    The man who snickers rarely bickers
    About his love for different liquors
    When all of this said and done
    the man who snickers has no fun

  5. Rob Schofield

    September 10, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    I’m sure ol’ Bob will be proposing to privatize all sorts of valuable public assets in the years to come. Maybe he can sell off the state capitol budiling like the wing-nuts in Arizona.

  6. Alex Morris

    September 10, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    The key to controlling state government costs is to privatize every possible function where it can be done cheaper and more efficiently. The unfunded liability for pension and future health benefits created by each state employee is huge, almost the same cost as the total wages paid during a 30 year career. State revenues are not keeping pace with this increasing burden.

  7. Jack

    September 10, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Privatizing every possible function where it can be done will only increase cost and burden the American people with huge debt or poverty. America experienced what the robber barons did with their uncontrolled power. Wages were minimal and safety didn’t exist. Women were killed in locked sweat shops and men had to fight and die for basic human rights at a job that demanded 50, 60, 70 hour weeks. Yeah, let loss the good old days again and lower the quality of life for everyone. Because it’s the Right way to think.

  8. Chris Hatfer

    September 10, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    What a vivid imagination !

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