The Wall Street Bailout has, of course, been dominating the news the past week (along with some other minor events). Seeing American politics in action, particularly the earmarks that were attached to the bailout bill, is quite something. This taxpayer-activist website lists some of the “Top 10” more interesting “sweeteners”. Of interest is Sec. 211, Transportation fringe benefit for bicycle commuters:
Allows employers to provide a benefit to employees for costs associated with bicycle commuting, including purchase and repair of a bicycle, bicycle improvements, and bicycle storage. This provision was proposed in 2007 in the Senate by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and in the House by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR). This provision is estimated to cost $10 million.
Perhaps file under “Strange Bedfellows.”
Illustration by doubledareyaa.