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Comment Re:The problem is called "city" (Score 1) 242

Um, no. Traffic jams are caused by too many cars on the road at the same time, not too many people. If all those people were in buses, the roads would be almost empty.

And it isn't population density that puts all those cars on the road, it's parking space density, which is pretty much the opposite of population density. Most cars on the road at any given time are traveling from one parking space to another, so the way to get rid of cars is the same as the way to get rid of pigeons: eliminate places for them to roost.

Comment Re:Trains (Score 1) 171

Trains are just like planes, only a lot slower.

And sometimes jetliners are slower than bicycles.

Another nice thing about trains, besides not wasting time getting to altitude and besides being 3-5x as energy efficient as airplanes (if it's an electric train) and besides not making you stand in line to get groped and besides allowing to use your laptop and cell phone the whole trip, is that you can build a train station right in the middle of downtown where there's good transit and where a lot of travelers want to be anyway.

Comment Re:How about 18 minutes without the tunnel? (Score 2) 171

Because everyone going home after work would... what... exactly? Not go home after work?

That's one alternative to (1) commuting (versus telecommuting), (2) during rush hour, (3) in a car, (4) solo, (5) on that congested freeway, when you (6) work at one end of that traffic jam, and (7) live at the other end of it.

As you can guess from my numbered hints above, there are many other alternatives.

Comment Re:People like Musk need to do more homework (Score 1) 171

The solution is to ask why is traffic so bad in the first place.

Because people tolerate that traffic enough to create it and sit in it at the same time. Because sitting in traffic is more desirable than the alternatives available to them.

Because traffic congestion is a sign of prosperity, and so the only thing worse than having congestion is not having congestion.

Comment How about 18 minutes without the tunnel? (Score 2, Insightful) 171

Google Maps says Westwood to LAX takes over an hour during rush hour, or 18 minutes when traffic is light. So all they have to do is charge a variable congestion toll on the 405. If the price is set correctly, this would permanently eliminate traffic congestion on the 405 without overcharging anyone, and as a bonus it would replace taxes as a revenue source for maintenance or even, if people want it, to build the tunnel.

Lower taxes and congestion-free travel at the cost of a toll. That's two benefits for the price of one, and who doesn't like 2-for-1 deals?

Comment Re:Poster does not understand Algebra (Score 1) 366

Taxing wealth directly makes it much harder for people to actually build wealth over time...

But won't your take-home pay be greater when you no longer have to pay income taxes?

Those with the most wealth benefit the most from national defense to protect their wealth. Is it fair that those people should be subsidized by the poor?

If national defense were constitutionally required to be funded entirely with wealth taxes, would the rich and powerful support invading other countries, or would they insert pacifists into the government at every opportunity in order to neutralize the political influence of private military companies and arms manufacturers?

Comment Re:Yet another ignorant troll (Score 0) 199

Damn those tyrants in California for believing their vote should count the same as the vote of any other American.

Virginia was able to procure two additional seats in the Senate, thereby increasing their electoral count by two, way back in 1863. What's stopping California from following their lead?

Or maybe California prefers things the way they are.

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