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WSDOT Engineer Explains His Opposition To WSDOT's Tunnel

By Erica C. Barnett March 22, 2011

Jack Bolton, an engineer in the Washington State Department of Transportation's public transit division, explained in an email to PubliCola why he has contributed $1,500 to Protect Seattle Now, the anti-tunnel referendum campaign, a contribution we reported on yesterday. (WSDOT, obviously, is the agency that would build the downtown deep-bore tunnel, so Bolton's contributions to the campaign put him directly at odds with his own employer).

Bolton writes:
I want to get the referendum on the August primary ballot because I see this as our last, best chance to stop the deep bore tunnel option for replacing the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

The tunnel is a weapon for the winning side in the global war waged by the richest 1% against the rest of the population.  It is a technocratic mechanism that operates to redistribute the wealth of the many to the very top, not unlike the mathematically complex derivatives created by the Wall Street criminal geniuses.

Witness how the tunnel option came into being, then read, or re-read, Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine.  Council President Conlin's surprise suspension of rules at the February 28th city council meeting, to show shocking photos of mangled humanity, is a good place to begin deconstructing this strategy.

Bolton's only other notable recent contribution was a $700 donation to the 2009 campaign of Mayor Mike McGinn.
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