Obama Nominates Anthony Foxx As Next DOT Head

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
obama nominates anthony foxx as next dot head

President Obama announced the nomination of Anthony Foxx, the current mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, as his choice to succeed Ray LaHood as the next head of the Department of Transportation.

While LaHood’s legacy will largely relate to distracted driving legislation and an increase in the CAFE standard, little is known about how Foxx will align himself and the DOT on auto related issues. So far, much of Foxx’s transportation related work involves infastructure, specifically mass transit projects for his home city.

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  • Zackman Zackman on May 01, 2013

    All these posts recall to mind 40+ years ago: DOT Doug Thoms and his 5,000 lb. "Safety Car", complete with periscope so you could see what was behind you. All I hope for is that the highways are kept in good repair, steady improvements/replacements for the existing roads and bridges and more passenger trains. You know, what the Dept. of Transportation is SUPPOSED to do.

  • Seabrjim Seabrjim on May 01, 2013

    Being a red blooded black man can I weigh in? Forget the fact that Obama is 50% Caucasian,42%+/- Arabic a 7%+/- African. Did it really surprise anyone that qualifications did not matter as much as looks? How about someone from Detroit(the former automotive mecca, not the present war zone)?

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    • Geeber Geeber on May 01, 2013

      @geeber If you believe that American has become a more "evangelical radical place" since the Bush's presidency, you don't have any idea of what evangelicals really believe, and apparently are not up on current events as to what is happening in this country. As for Walmart - let's compare it to Costco (the retail chain usually held up to put Walmart in a bad light) using actual figures. Walmart generated about $200,000 per employee in revenue last year, while Costco generated about $1 million per employee in revenue. So Walmart employs five people for every $1million in revenue, while Costco employs one person. Walmart is providing more jobs - granted, lower paying ones, but jobs nonetheless - for every dollar of revenue. Walmart moving to Costco's business model would result in the firing over 1.7 million employees. I don't believe that this is the result people had in mind when they compared Walmart to Costco. Unless we believe that people are better off being unemployed as opposed to working. As for the 9/11 conspiracy theorists - I googled "9/11 truthers" and found a list of people who believe that the federal government was behind 9/11, complete with their statements to that effect. The names? Michael Moore, Janeane Garofolo, Ed Asner, David Lynch, Rosie O'Donnell, Roseanne Barr, Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen and Ed Begley, Jr., for starters. Seems pretty overwhelmingly left wing to me...

  • Kevin Kevin on May 01, 2013

    It's sad that exactly 14 of 32 posts are on topic, and of those one is crying about how Obama is a socialist. The rest is all racism. How pathetic.

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    • SqueakyVue SqueakyVue on May 01, 2013

      @Summicron The most relevant post was "I washed cars 2 summers in college."

  • Beerboy12 Beerboy12 on May 01, 2013

    I truly sickens me that race was brought into this thread. It is not necessary. History is against you, just don't go there.