Do republicans dislike public transportation?

I live in Houston and there's always been an opposition to installing a train system. The traffic is a nightmare, and I'm wondering if republicans consider public transit "socialism".

Update:

A few years ago Houston started to get a Metro rail. The area it services is very small. It's hardly useful - to get to the train stations you need a car anyway.

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  • 9 years ago
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    When it doesn't work financially and is then subsidized by the government it becomes an issue.

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  • 9 years ago

    Two reasons.

    One is that Republicans oppose public -anything-. Public education, public health insurance, public libraries, etc. They don't believe government works, or even that it -can- work. And when they are in control they have no incentive to make it work.

    The other is that Republicans have an agenda that is all about concentrating wealth and giving corporations more power over our lives. Public transportation doesn't make huge profits for corporations. They would rather protect and prosper corporations, because that's where their campaign funds come from.

    One of the differences between liberals and conservatives is their view of capitalism, of the pursuit of profits. Liberals believe in capitalism but they see the pursuit of profit as a means to an end, the end being a rise in the standard of living for everyone. Conservatives see profit as the end in itself. GW Bush, for instance, bragged for the first six years of his presidency that the economy was growing rapidly. Which it was, on paper, but 95% of Americans were losing ground because all these gains were going to a tiny sliver of economic elites, less than 1% of the population. We were all getting poorer so a few gazillionaires could get richer. That, to Republicans, is -success-. Public transportation doesn't serve that goal.

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  • 9 years ago

    Doesn't Houston have a metro rail already? Kind of destroys the premise to your question doesn't it? lol

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  • Andy
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    9 years ago

    I live in a city where public transportation was privatized several years ago, so I wouldn't know.

    The system we have is almost perfect.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Yes

    Their attitude is that subsidizing highway systems or airports is OK, but somehow the bus, since it doesn't benefit them directly isn't.

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  • 9 years ago

    Only if it is privately run.

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