Skip to comments.Administration Pressures Washington DOT
Posted on 04/23/2013 10:46:21 AM PDT by John Semmens
A series of signs critical of President Obama may cost the State of Washington its share of federal aid for highway construction. The signs are on private property but can be seen by travelers on I-5 about 90 miles south of Seattle near the town of Chehalis.
Interstate highways are 90% funded by the federal government, said USDOT Secretary Ray LaHood. It is improper that they be exploited for the communication of messages opposing the government.
The Secretary added wed regret having to resort to withholding funds, but when people dont show the appropriate respect for all the President is trying to do for the country we cant just sit back and take it. State officials arent going to be allowed to hide behind a freedom-of-speech argument in order to evade taking action. We think the prospect of losing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal aid will inspire them to find a way to eliminate these affronts.
WSDOT CEO Lynn Peterson acknowledged feeling frustrated by the difficult position were in. We cant afford to lose this money. Our contention that there is no proof the signs are having any impact was rejected by the USDOT. They say that waiting for proof would set a bad precedent.
We cant just tear down the signs, Peterson complained. We dont own the property theyre on. Trying to screen them from view is impractical. Any obstruction we might erect on our right-of-way could simply be avoided by moving the offending signs a few dozen yards. Our best bet might be to try to induce the locals to take action.
The inducement reportedly under consideration is a threat by WSDOT to close the Chehalis on-ramp to I-5. The idea is that if drivers from the local area lose their access to the highway they may prevail upon the town council to zone these signs out. Its also felt that fear of possible retaliation from angry neighbors might cause the owners of these signs to take them down themselves.
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Your silly little Rights are insignificant when it comes to the Ego of Dear Leader.
And yes, I know it is satire - but it so hard to tell these days.
That’s a real sign, and I love it. A billboard on private property for poking a stick in the government’s eye.