“Statistics show that more people at this time telecommute than they ride carpools, mass transit, bicycle or walk,” Atlanta Tea Party Patriots co-founder Debbie Dooley said during a June 12 forum organized by the Civic League for Regional Atlanta.

Tea party leader makes case for telecommuting | Politifact Georgia | July 2, 2012

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Oh reaaally? You mean to tell me that in the car-crazy, sprawl-fueled United States where funding for pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure takes several back seats to road funding — and where transit is viewed as something poor people use instead of a transportation mode with widespread viability — statistics for commuting by those methods are low compared to driving and telecommuting?

How surprising.

Well by all means, lets interpret that as a mandate for car dependency and establish telecommuting as the only worthwhile alternative to driving solo to work.

Because solo driving is one of the greatest of all US freedoms. Happy Independence Day, everyone!

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Seriously. Sometimes I think the Tea Party needs a “Don’t Tread on Me” sign that replaces the snake with a sidewalk: “Don’t Tread on Me — Drive a Car Instead!”