MN state Senator defends single occupancy motoring in committee

Yesterday during a presentation at the state capitol related to a bill to reduce carbon emissions and the number of miles vehicles in Minnesota are driven, Sen. Julianne Ortman, R-Chanhassen, grew incredulous and asked, "Mr. Chair, are we still in America? ... I find that to be very offensive, an insult to every person who drives a car. I guess it insults me because I drove to the Capitol alone today. I find that very insulting." 

Ortman was referring to an image from the cover of a 2002 book by the comedian Bill Maher, which was titled, "When You Ride Alone, You Ride with bin Laden: What the Government Should Be Telling Us to Help Fight the War on Terrorism."


Why was it okay during WWII

Why was it okay during WWII to have posters saying things like this, but not now? We are such a selfish culture.


This should be a campaign commercial at election time....

Julian's testimony

An insult to every person who drives a car? What happened to sense of humor?

Oh my god that poster was so

Oh my god that poster was so anti-American! What kind of country would make a poster connecting energy use to Hitler?

Oh yeah, the US government made it.

Clearly, America hates America. I believe America should declare war on America. That would show America who was boss. Up with America! Down with America!

sen. ortmann thinks

sen. ortmann thinks apparently that democrats and liberal academic social engineers want to take her car away and make her take light rail to the capital from an overcrowded tenement.


The Senator's reaction just tells us how much work still needs to be done to get people to start thinking about what a multi-modal framework would look like.


Why is she on the Transportation Committee?

looks like

looks like she (the sentator) needs to get out of her car, probably would do her good to walk a bit instead of sitting all the time.


She's just defensive, that's all. "You just implied I did something bad, therefore, I don't like you." Dang. That's immature.

An overreaction to an exageration

C'mon: If you had to commute, alone, to St. Paul from Owatona it may bother you a bit if someone infered that you were riding with Bin Laden (even if there is a shred of truth in it). Wasting gas in 1944, as Patton's 3rd Army ran out of fuel outside of Metz, did amount to aiding the enemy. It's not so clear these days. Especially for those of us who grew up following the car crazy Eisenhower years.

We can blame the cows for

We can blame the cows for global warming, but do not touch the Sacred Cow of America, which is the Single Occupant Vehicle!

I find it offensive that

I find it offensive that someone is telling me the truth.