Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood is leaving the Obama Administration. LaHood was one of those bureaucrats behind the curtain, little-known but with an outsize impact. His tenure, flamboyant in its statism even by Obama standards, can be summed up in two of his quotes. The first, referring positively to one of his DOT policies, is: “It is a way to coerce people out of their cars.” The second is: “People across America who value bicycling should have a voice when it comes to transportation planning. This is the end of favoring motorized transportation at the expense of non-motorized.”
LaHood tossed billions of dollars in grants at rail projects and bike paths. He worked with the EPA to clamp down on car mileage standards. He bullied states into cracking down on drivers using cell phones. And he was, of all things, a Class of ’94 Republican congressman, allowing Obama to perpetuate his “team of rivals” canard.