The elitist exclusionists in Waukesha County are at it again, demanding to be left out of a regional arrangement that would better connect and coordinate their transit resources with those in Milwaukee County.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
No doubt they will get their wish.
This isn't the first time - - remember Waukesha County killing the inter-county Route 9 at the end of 2007 - - that Waukesha leaders have taken an anti-regional, anti-Milwaukee view when it comes to transit, but you have to wonder:
Do they see the contradiction in wanting - - pressuring - - Milwaukee to make a regional deal to sell to the City of Waukesha, and perhaps other Waukesha County communities, water from Lake Michigan, while refusing to leave their bubble and enter into a regional relationship on transit?
I can't tell if this is a case of mere tone-deafness, job protection for Waukesha County residents against outsiders riding in for the work, or full-blown arrogance, but regardless:
The more that officials in Waukesha want to disassociate themselves from Milwaukee and its needs - - in Waukesha, the debate is framed by "sovereignty" - - the more reasonable it will be for Milwaukee to tell Waukesha to resolve its needs by purchasing its water - - of lesser quality and more expensive per gallon and per pipeline mile - - from Racine or Oak Creek.
Sovereign is as sovereign does.