Americans, who live far from the Washington Beltway, may have never heard of Tysons Corner, Va. But something is happening there today that has already hit them in their pocketbooks and may ultimately strike deeply into their lives or the lives of their children.
Big government is laying siege to Tysons Corner.
Whether it triumphs there will help determine whether most Americans remain freely moving people, who own and operate their own cars and trucks -- and go where they want when they want -- or whether we become a nation predominantly populated by mass-transit-riding government dependents who rely on the state to get them where they need to go.
This may sound like hyperbole -- unless you happen to be stuck in traffic driving your car on any of the formerly serviceable highways that run through Tysons.
Someone stuck in traffic at Tysons today would see -- as he would have seen last year and will see for years to come -- slow-moving masses of government-subsidized construction workers erecting, at glacial speed, the latest segment of what is supposed to be a 23-mile extension of the Washington Metro commuter railroad.
Nor will it sound like hyperbole, I suspect, to people living in non-urban precincts far from the Beltway, who learn that $900 million in federal money has already been spent on this public transit project that they may never see and do not want to ride.
The full estimated cost of this one Metro line -- which reportedly will take until the end of 2016 to complete -- is $6.6 billion.
None of these billions is supposed to come from tolls paid directly by the people who will actually ride the trains.
The big-government liberals pushing this Metro line -- and similar projects around America -- intend to redistribute wealth from car owners and suburban and rural property owners to government-transit riders.
They intend to reward the people who ride the government's trains and live in cramped, high-rise neighborhoods within walking distance of those trains, while punishing people who live in single family homes, or on ranches or farms, and who drive cars and trucks that are their personal property.
According to a fact sheet published by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, the agency responsible for the Metro project, 4.8 percent of the costs are supposed to be allocated to taxpayers in suburban Loudon County, 16.1 percent to taxpayers in suburban Fairfax County and 4.1 percent to the airport authority itself.
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