If you’ve been paying any attention to the ongoing (and infinitely ridiculous) Louisville Mayoral Power-Grab 2010 Extravaganza, you may have heard front-runners such as David Tandy tout the economic boon that the $4.1 billion Ohio River Bridges Project will be for regional job creation.
“Both bridges need to be built now,” they say, “and the 55,000 jobs the project will create will help the community moving forward, into the future, forever.” Platitudes like this, of course, play very well within the dumbed-down confines of political horse racing; and who doesn’t love jobs? (Communists, that’s fucking who.)
Unfortunately for all offending candidates — and the community they’re routinely lying to — the Ohio River Bridges Project isn’t going to create 55,000 jobs, nor will it create 40,000, or even 30,000 for that matter.
So is it 20,000? Nope. What about 10,000? Warmer.
Try 5,400, jerks.
A tip o’ the hat to Steve Magruder at Louisville History & Issues for digging up this oft-abused factoid:
…in the Build the Bridges Coalition’s study “, Page 9, it states in the Exhibit 4 table that the 56,000+ figure is “worker years” and in the textual content they say that only “5,400 would be directly associated with the construction activity…”
It strongly appears we have a case of marketing the project by playing funny with the numbers, and , rather than digging deeper and looking at the actual jobs impact.
The only candidates who know better, however, aren’t the ones being supported by this city’s endless supply of mindless lemmings who are currently backing either a pathological liar or a climate change denier. I have to remember, though, that Louisville isn’t accustomed to a race this big and this local since, well, ever, and the same goes for the local media. In the end, we might just be gravitating toward the devils we already sort of know.
[Side note: The bi-state bridges authority just replaced KTC-drone Joe Prather with a Lexington banker, which has to be good news for the oligarchical finance schemes that will be used to pay for the goddamned thing.]
How a candidate can support this project, tout its erroneous data and still be a front-runner in this race speaks volumes, I think, about the crushing buyer’s remorse that’s waiting for Louisville once this sad exercise in “democracy” is over.
On that note, might I interest you in a patent for an ice-machine?