Are PATH increases “Fair?”
The purpose of this post is two-fold. To understand the public outcry against anything that results in a cost increase – and to find out what the heck these lame graffiti-style messages are even for!
Are any commuting increases ever fair? Where do you draw the line?
For one, as you can from the photo below, the “messenger” who wrote the phrase “No PATH Fair Increase” on this junction box at the corner of 12th & Washington didn’t do a very good job. He obviously meant PATH fare increase. But that’s OK – we’ll give him a pass. We understand.
However, why do you think commuters get upset when fare increases are proposed? Here are just a few random points to consider:
- The cost of everything is going up. What makes transportation immune?
- Fuel costs, insurance, ridership, and many other factors contribute to the cost of doing business.
- Do you not trust the government’s “books?” And therefore suspect foul-play now that maybe there’s less for them to “steal” or “skim?”
- You’re barely making the rent already – and the $50 less you’ll have each month cuts into your drunken debauchery?
The lazy and ineffective equivalent to “Four-Minute Men?”
These “magic marker messages” are ALL OVER TOWN. They’re in many towns.
This reminds me of the Four-Minute Men, who were brought on during Woodrow Wilson’s presidency in 1917 to give “sidewalk speeches” to the public.
Most of what you’ll read will portray these speakers as part of an American “positive” propaganda campaign that dealt with World War One.
However, other sources (that are harder to find – go figure), say that these four-minute men were actually designed to muddy the waters and psychologically manipulate the American people.
President Wilson campaigned on the fact that he would not go to war.
However, after the so-called “success” of this four-minute men campaign (I call it brainwashing), America went to war quickly thereafter, with little resistance from the public. In fact 10 million men enlisted in the armed forces!
I’m just wondering if these local messages aren’t being organized by a larger institution, who has re-invented the four-minute men for the current day.
Does anyone have any insight as to where these are coming from?