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Posted at 2:54 PM ET, 08/17/2010

The disingenuous senator from Oklahoma

By Dan Malouff

Yesterday in this space Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) argued the federal government should not oversee safety for subway systems like Metrorail, and that his hold on a widely supported bipartisan bill to do so is justified because subways "are not interstate systems, and therefore the federal government has zero authority." Coburn goes on to say that "Ignoring local government is a trend we have to reverse if we are ever going to recover economically."

Excuse me?

The same Sen. Coburn who has repeatedly voted against D.C. voting rights dares to lecture Washingtonians about supporting local government? And just exactly where does the senator think Metro goes, if its service connecting Maryland and Virginia to the national capital is not "interstate"?

It is clear that Coburn is disingenuously picking and choosing arguments to support his own dogmatic opposition to any and all government regulation. As a District resident who would very much like both more local authority and a safer transit system, I do not appreciate Coburn's meddling.

With all due respect, sir, our lives should not be subject to your political grandstanding.

Dan Malouff is an Arlington County transportation planner who blogs independently at The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By Dan Malouff  | August 17, 2010; 2:54 PM ET
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Why does Metro leaving the Federal District give the federal bureaucracy jurisdiction over OTHER transit systems wholly within one state?

I really wouldn't mind if you died because of this, ignorant teabagger.

Posted by: jiji1 | August 17, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

With all due respect, of course.

Posted by: jiji1 | August 17, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Metro is not the only transit system in the country that crosses state lines. Off the top of my head, PATCO in Philadelphia, PATH in New York, and Metrolink in Saint Louis have multi-state subway lines.

I would love to hear how this makes me a teabagger, though.

Posted by: Dan Malouff | August 17, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

You can't answer basic questions, that's the very nature of a teabagger.

Why does Metro leaving the Federal District give the federal bureaucracy jurisdiction over OTHER transit systems wholly within one state?

If you can't wrap your mind around that questions, you have bigger problems than being killed by WMATA.

Posted by: jiji1 | August 17, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

I have to wonder, after reading this disingenuous post again, if disingenuous was the latest word on your word-of-the-day toilet paper. Very disingenuous of you.

Posted by: jiji1 | August 17, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Dan, thank you for pointing out the hypocrisy in the Senator Coburn's positions. It only underlines the hypocrisy of a democracy where citizens living in the capital are taxed without representation.

Posted by: LRamsay | August 19, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

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