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Old 09-17-2009, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Why would they complain about insufficient "socialist services" to them? Wait... they ARE a bunch of hypocrites. Either that, or completely clueless idiots.
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Old 09-17-2009, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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If you have never, and I'll bet most of the protesters have never used any mass transit system, used the New York City subway system during rush hour you have never seen crowding. The funny part is NYC transit does this every day with 50+ year old equipment. Now there is real government service.

I have to marvel at this bunch of Tea Brainers. Why did they want to use the Wash DC Metro anyway? They should have bought themselves in their SUV's and Hummers. Then they could complain of the lack of free public parking.
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Old 09-17-2009, 01:20 PM
 
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seriously, i take a bus to and from downtown pittsburgh every day and most days 2 or 3 packed buses pass me by because they just can't fit any more people. the same thing happened when i used to take the subway in nyc - it was squeeze in or hope the next train is emptier. st petersburg, russia was even worse - it was like one of those sliding puzzles when you had to get off. you'd just switch places with people til you were at the door.

so people couldn't get in the first train that came, and it sounds like it was at least partly due to people who don't have any common sense or public transit experience standing by the doors so the cars couldn't be completely filled. boo hoo.
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Old 09-17-2009, 01:27 PM
 
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Perhaps the organizers should have monitored Metro's service announcements and coordinated alternate plans.

Released 9/10:

Metro - About Metro - News - Track maintenance to affect Metro's Red, Orange and Green lines this weekend
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Old 09-17-2009, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Central Maine
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Let's see ... they drove on government-funded roads, used government-funded police for security, left their trash for government-paid workers to pick up ..... so of course they'll use government-funded Metro!

But it gets even better. The Texas Republican Congressman, Kevin Brady .... voted "no" on HR 3288, a funding bill for Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies in July of this year ... and that bill contained $150 million in emergency maintenance funding for Metro.
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Old 09-17-2009, 04:55 PM
 
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Here is the response from Metro via DCist:

Quote:
In a response to a related complaint about poor service on Saturday, Metro officials pointed out both that scheduled track work was taking place and that the protest organizers had only predicted roughly 5,000 people would be at Freedom Plaza, with another 10,000 to 20,000 in front of the U.S. Capitol. According to the Metro officials, "The estimated numbers do not constitute 'heavy ridership' or warrant additional rail service." They added, "In the future, the event organizers can coordinate well in advance with Metro and arrange to pay for early openings of stations to accommodate their event, as the organizers of the Marine Corps Marathon, for example, do."
The irony continues.
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Old 09-17-2009, 06:06 PM
 
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oh man. you'd think that congressman would have looked into what the normal procedure was for dealing with large crowds on the metro before crying discrimination!

what a dingdong.
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Old 09-17-2009, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Jonquil City (aka Smyrna) Georgia- by Atlanta
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Originally Posted by Dukester View Post
Brody Mullins reports on money and politics.

Protesters who attended Saturday’s Tea Party rally in
Washington found a new reason to be upset: Apparently
they are unhappy with the level of service
provided by the subway system.

Rep. Kevin Brady called for a government investigation
into whether the government-run subway system
adequately prepared for this weekend’s rally to protest
government spending and government services.

Seriously.

Tea Party Protesters Protest D.C. Metro Service - Washington Wire - WSJ

The teabaggers whine once again, this time about taxpayer funded services...
You have to be kidding me! These people bitching about a LACK of public transportation??? That is like a chicken bitching about not enough wolves being around!
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Old 09-17-2009, 08:05 PM
 
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These people are really clueless, it's really sad and embarrassing at the same time. The representative that represent them are about as dumb. This Congressman Kevin Brady was complaining about the quality of service, yet voted against additional funding for it.
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Old 09-17-2009, 08:12 PM
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Location: Wisconsin
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If this doesn't define "irony" then I don't know what does. A bunch of people come to D.C. to complain about the government spending too much money and then end up complaining that the government didn't spend more money to serve them. IRONY
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