Wednesday, June 18, 2008

ERP again?

The speed of vehicular movement downtown where the brand new ERP gantries with their very expensive cameras to catch 'recalcitrant' motorists are an abonimation of the common sense when it comes to this form of 'taxation'.

How could the case that ERP is not simply for revenue but rather for 'ease of traffic flow for motorists' stand in the CBD area when:

1. The grid system of lights ensures there is never a 'green' flow one way

2. The number of pedestrian crossings, with both pedestrians and vehicles always trying to break into each other's 'green light' time essentially causes more slowdowns

3. The sheer number of lights to and before these new gantries are simply mind numbing

4. The number of tourist who wander about aimlessly (on foot or in vehicles) in town will probably cause some form of traffic slowdown though this may be neglible (every drop counts just as every vote does)

5. That touristy areas will inevitably attract busloads of tourist who's busses will invariably drop them off wherever they please (like taxis) and cause a 2 lane foul up on a 4 lane thoroughfare

6. Are any of these factors in the control of motorists who have to use these roads?

IF for the other areas with ERP (i.e. expressways) the idea that a charge reduces flow works then it may be fair in that it is sensible since there is only vehicular traffic. But in town?

Sounds a bit like Malaysian thinking to me according to today's news on the northerners wanting to build a elevated expressway but charging those using the Causeway for it. A bit of logic mis-match from our first in class policy makers I would say - unless they proclaim or acknowledge that it is purely for revenue purposes.

And talk about never a good time to levy these increases? In the midst of a runaway inflationary period? Soaring commodity prices? Relentless price surges by the speculative market? More policy work can be done in these areas is my opinion.

Clamp down on the speculative markets related to commodities for a while. Let the world (the majority anyway) who are not in these markets survive a little more. As policy makers you do not have to knowingly raise the water levels to just under a tall man's nose and claim that he is still alive anyway. There are many shorter people out there. And there are non-swimmers as well.

A vote of no confidence in the government for the future of policy making is called for.

Chicken Relief

Why Did The Chicken Cross the Road??

BARACK OBAMA: The chicken crossed the road because it was time for a change! The chicken wanted change!

JOHN MCCAIN: My friends, that chicken crossed the road because he recognized the need to engage in cooperation and dialogue with all the chickens on the other side of the road.

HILLARY CLINTON: When I was First Lady, I personally helped that little chicken to cross the road. This experience makes me uniquely qualified to ensure right from Day One that every chicken in this country gets the chance it deserves to cross the road. But then, this really isn't about me.

GEORGE W. BUSH: We don't really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road, or not. The chicken is either against us, or for us. There is no middle ground here.

DICK CHENEY: Where's my gun??

COLIN POWELL: Now to the left of the screen, you can clearly see the satellite image of the chicken crossing the road.

BILL CLINTON: I did not cross the road with that chicken. What is your definition of chicken??

AL GORE: I invented the chicken. It was the environmentally sensitive thing to do and remains an inconvenient truth of chickenhood.

JOHN KERRY: Although I voted to let the chicken cross the road, I am now against it! It was the wrong road to cross, and I was misled about the chicken's intentions. I am not for it now, and will remain against it.

AL SHARPTON: Why are all the chickens white?? We need some black chickens.

DR. PHIL: The problem we have here is that this chicken won't realize that he must first deal with the problem on this side of the road before it goes after the problem on the other side of the road. What we need to do is help him realize how stupid he's acting by not taking on his current problems before adding new problems.
OPRAH: Well, I understand that the chicken is having problems, which is why he wants to cross this road so bad. So instead of having the chicken learn from his mistakes and take falls, which is a part of life, I'm going to give this chicken a car so that he can just drive across the road and not live his life like the rest of the chickens.

ANDERSON COOPER, CNN: We have reason to believe there is a chicken, but we have not yet been allowed to have access to the other side of the road.

NANCY GRACE: That chicken crossed the road because he's guilty! You can see it in his eyes and the way he walks.

PAT BUCHANAN: To steal the job of a decent, hardworking American.

MARTHA STEWART: No one called me to warn me which way that chicken was going. I had a standing order at the Farmer's Market to sell my eggs when the price dropped to a certain level. No little bird gave me any insider information.

DR. SEUSS: Did the chicken cross the road?? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, the chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed I've not been told.

ERNEST HEMINGWAY: To die in the rain, alone.

JERRY FALWELL: Because the chicken was gay!! Can't you people see the plain truth?? That's why they call it the 'other side'. Yes, my friends, that chicken is gay. And if you eat that chicken, you will become gay too. I say we boycott all chickens until we sort out this abomination that the liberal media whitewashes with seemingly harmless phrases like 'the other side'. That chicken should not be crossing the road. It's as plain and as simple as that.

GRANDPA: In my day we didn't ask why the chicken crossed the road. Somebody told us the chicken crossed the road, and that was good enough.

BARBARA WALTERS: Isn't that interesting?? In a few moments, we will be listening to the chicken tell, for the first time, the heart-warming story of how it experienced a serious case of molting, and went on to accomplish its lifelong dream of crossing the road.

ARISTOTLE: It is the nature of chickens to cross the road.

JOHN LENNON: Imagine all the chickens in the world crossing roads together, in peace.

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