God love ya, Mr. Vice President. At least someone in this administration gives back some value, albeit strictly in terms of entertainment. The Wise Grayhair selected by Barack Obama to give him more credibility on executive experience demonstrated the depth of his own abilities yesterday, when Joe Biden — who supposedly runs the stimulus effort for the Obama administration — showed his ignorance of where the money goes:
That new tunnel? The one NJ Transit has been touting for years? That the Federal Transit Administration made a huge commitment to on Monday?
It’s for cars.
Or so Vice President Biden apparently thinks.
Biden had just finished telling reporters on a conference call Monday that federal stimulus money might have gone out slower in the past few months than some people liked because, “We don’t end up with any major glitches.” …
“Look, this is designed, this totally new tunnel, is designed to provide for automobile traffic,” Biden said. “It’s something, as you know, up your way, that’s been in the works and people have been clamoring for for a long time.”
For the record, the tunnel is for trains, and its completion would allow for more NJ Transit trains during peak hours and “one-seat” rides into Midtown Manhattan on lines serving Bergen and Passaic counties. Currently riders on those lines must switch trains.
Now, in Biden’s defense, he probably wanted to promote the sale of cars, especially from Government Motors. After all, Biden warned us about taking public transportation in April. Why, those trains are nothing but epidemic amplifiers! Why would anyone want to ride trains when they could buy perfectly nice green vehicles from GM, as soon as customers meet the asking price of $699,999.95?
Is it too much to ask to have the people in charge of spending $800 billion know the purposes of the projects they fund? Can we have someone this ignorant in charge of that much money? In the Obama administration — yes, we can!
Nobody messes with Joe, as Obama said in February. That’s because no one has to in order to find some amusement. (via Michelle)