Thursday, March 19, 2009

C-J and "blah-blah-blah, BUT..."

Here are the C-J editorialists on the TARC vs. Miller/private buses for key Louisville events...

We understand the concepts of enhanced competition, of leveling the playing field, of fair play -- all of which fuel the rationale behind opening up bids to private bus vendors for charter services previously undertaken by public transportation services.

What we don't understand is taking something which has worked since Harry Truman was president, stopping it in its tracks and hiking prices for its replacement, to boot.

The whole exercise seems arbitrary and pointless, though -- a case of ain't broke-don't fix if there ever was one.

You know the line: when people say, "blah-blah-blah, but...", they're trying to distance themselves from a view that they probably own, despite their assertion. Here, they avoid the term "but", but the stream of thought is equivalent.

From the bulk of their editorials, one would not infer that they understand the impact of competition and private vs. public.

Why would one presume that a public monopoly was "working" well? Why is it a given that Miller will run the system less effectively than TARC? Why are higher rates during Derby-- and thus, less subsidy from taxpayers the rest of the year-- a bad thing?


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