Chicken Little Progressers Promise Doomsday If We Vote
Scaring voters shitless is a classic political tradition...“Vote for me or die” is the underlying message of these sorts of campaigns...If you think this way, if you value hope over fear and progress over the status quo, you’ll join us in rejecting political candidates and organizations that prey on our fears.
...Issue 9 is intended to slow down Cincinnati’s city planners and transportation experts who have embraced passenger rail, from streetcars to light rail to high-speed trains, as a viable option in the future. It’s intended to keep Cincinnati shackled to a car-first, highway-construction-forever mentality that will cripple this community...
If the groups behind Issue 9 really wanted the public to have a voice in making transportation spending decisions, they’d demand a vote for every highway, street and bridge construction project in the city. If we were allowed to vote on whether to go ahead with the $3 billion Brent Spence Bridge replacement — significantly more money than the proposed streetcar line — we’d support a vote on rail projects as well.
The amendment...could paralyze our city. We already know that, in addition to streetcars, this amendment would prevent the city from taking part in inter-city passenger rail. Guess the new trains would stop at Sharonville. But it's even worse.
A court might determine that the "last antecedent rule" applies to the amendment. If so, every acquisition of land - for widening a street, building a bridge - would be subject to a popular vote! At the very least, there would be expensive and time-consuming lawsuits. Not to mention making us a laughingstock.
Yes, if Issue 9 passes, the streetcar will stop in its tracks (sorry for the pun). But, if Issue 9 passes, it will effectively kill the possibility of passenger rail in this city for the foreseeable future.
If we pass Issue 9 - Cincinnati will become a dying island.
Obama later told reporters that if Issue 9 passes, the plans for a national high-speed rail network will have to go on hold "until Cincinnati voters have approved of our national project".
Depending on who's doing the talking, the proposed amendment has also been referred to as the "Streetcar Initiative," the "Anti-Progress Initiative" and the "Anti-Rail Initiative." Eschewing such slogan-ready options, I will simply refer to it as the "Initiative-Which-If-Passed-Will-Effectively-Doom-Cincinnati's-Immense-Potential-As-An-Up-And-Coming-Progressive-City-Of-The-21st-Century."
The only thing that actually happens if Issue 9 passes, is that Cincinnatians will finally have an opportunity to vote on their passenger rail transportation.
Let citizens' voices be heard, Vote YES ON ISSUE 9.