As you might have heard, Vice Presidential nominee Joe Biden rides the train from DC to Delaware every night and is a huge proponent of trains. That prompted Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) to accuse Obama and Biden of this (OneNewsNow via Swing State Project):
“This is their agenda,” Bachmann states bluntly. “I know it is hard to believe, it’s hard to fathom — but this is ‘mission accomplished’ for them,” she asserts. “They want Americans to take transit and move to the inner cities. They want Americans to move to the urban core, live in tenements, [and] take light rail to their government jobs. That’s their vision for America.”
I think she’s trying to scare us, but besides the tenements and being forced into government jobs, this vision sounds pretty damn great to me. In fact, I think it’s what the East Bay should be aiming for. Let’s develop our downtown areas, help people move from the car-dependent suburban peripheries, and invest more money in transit.
And Oakland is poised to be a center of this vision. With Rebecca Kaplan spearheading a transit oriented vision for Oakland, State Senator Steinberg leading the senate, and Obama and Biden running the country, I feel confident that parts of this vision will become a reality. Now we just have to make sure they get elected.