Do-or-Die Obama Stands Up for Mass Transit, Cities

Maybe we were wrong. Maybe 2012 will be different, President Obama will stand up to Congress, maybe he will even do the unthinkable and buck three decades of political trends, turning cities into a campaign issues once again (ever since Reagan won without taking a single major city, both parties have largely ignored urban issues).

That is at least the message coming out of the White House, in the face of the despised-on-all-sides House transportation bill, a program created by Reagan no less. On Tuesday (in response to The Observer‘s pending article, perhaps?), the administration released a statement declaring the president would veto the transit bill if it reached his desk.The statement outlines a number of reasons for denying the bill, including a shout out to cities, which is highlighted below. Read More

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