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The Conspiracy Against the Car


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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.snip
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