The Road To Hell And Back
Americans are being taken for a ride . . .
Studies show Americans spend more time than ever commuting and for a growing number, getting to work takes more than an hour. In the most recent U.S. Census Bureau study, 2.8 million people have so-called extreme commutes, topping 90 minutes.This can be described as either 'VERY deep denial' or 'paid shill.'
[For example,] Dave Givens drives 370 miles to work and back every day and considers his seven-hour commute the best answer to balancing his work with his personal life.
Longer commutes frequently involve people who live in one suburb and work in another, said Alan Pisarski, author of "Commuting in America."Such a pattern tends to begin with companies moving out of a city to a suburb, enticing workers to move to less-expensive outer suburbs, he told Reuters. "People see this as an opportunity to go farther away" [!!!].
Such a move may provide more affordable housing or better schools. Even high fuel costs — Givens spends about $185 a week on gasoline [!!!] — can pay off in a better quality of life, Pisarski said.
Sure - better quality of life for Big Oil manufacturers!
Doreen DeJesus rides a bus from her home in Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania, across New Jersey to her job in Manhattan.* * *
"My boss thinks I'm nuts," she added.
He's not alone.
That means governments have had AT LEAST 10 years to improve the situation. Instead, conditions have gotten MUCH worse.
Studies show 7.6 percent of U.S. commuters traveled more than an hour to work in 2004, the most recent data available, up from 6 percent in 1990. The average one-way commute grew by 13 percent to 25.5 minutes between 1990 and 2000.
In 1990, only in New York state did more than 10 percent of workers spend more than an hour to get to work, Pisarski said. Now that situation can be found in New Jersey, Maryland, Illinois and California as well, he said.
Added to long commutes is increased congestion, according to the Texas Transportation Institute's 2005 Urban Mobility Report. Commuters typically spent 47 hours a year in traffic jams, up from 40 hours a decade earlier, the study showed.But, why?
"That's the time wasted above and beyond just being able to make the trip," said David Schrank, co-author of the report.
Corporations can't sell more cars (i.e., make more loans and sell more gas) if governments improve their infrastructure and update and expand the nation's mass transit.
Wakeup people. America's commuter madness, replete with suburban sprawl and gas guzzling SUVs did not come about by chance. It was an elaborate design concocted by industrialists, financed by banks and executed by the governments we "elect."
And now that they've exhausted the market for sales of their stupid cars, they're closing the plants down and selling our land, our roads and our ports! Nothing's immune - everything must go!
[But,] Kay Phillips who [works] 164 miles from her home [says] "I don't mind" [.]
[She] uses her five-hour commute [to pray.]
With where we're going in America, she's going to need it.
The question is, will we make it back?