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  •  No scapegoat (none)
    Who do you think shaped and even crafted the public policies?

    The same economic interests that engaged in the conspiracy!

    I work in plannning anpublic policy, adn only put that stuff out there to counteract a complete misreading of the overall thrust of the diary.

    •  No disagreement there. (none)
      I believe what Hart is saying (and why he calls it a scapegoat - although you may disagree with the label) is that the die was cast before the buy-out, precisely because of the policies steamrolled through Congress by big oil, auto, tire, highway construction, etc. THAT is what we should be looking at, and THAT is what we should continue to focus on. I too work with communities on planning, etc., and one is always struck by the power of the transportation lobby in towns large and small. (I note your Civic Society name. Years ago I did a lot of research and writing in the history of civil society in America. Used to be a Fellow at the Kettering Foundation, if you know that group.)  

      "One cannot be pessimistic about the West. This is the native land of hope." Wallace Stegner [-7.13 -6.97]

      by Mother Mags on Thu Jan 05, 2006 at 09:00:08 AM PST

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