THE AERIAL TRAM: WHO WANTS TO BE THE LAST PERSON TO LOSE A CAREER FOR A MISTAKE?
It’s always different after the first people get fired, isn’t it? Suddenly good journalism and effective government are forgotten, and self-preservation kicks in. Merely covering your ass has been upgraded to digging a quick foxhole and hunkering down till the battle is over. And that’s the trouble with the tram. It won’t be over unless the project is stopped. Not explained away, not apologized for, but stopped. And even then it will go on in court, but at least it will be tucked away somewhere, not hanging there day after day, as the bad numbers accrue.
The numbers of people who lose their careers should also grow. If this is built I believe that every commissioner who voted for it will lose their jobs – maybe not soon but eventually. Any debate they’re in will consist of their opponent rising up, pointing at them and saying, “He thought the tram was a good idea.” The obituary on their political careers in Portland will start with one phrase: Voted for the Tram.
So what’s my estimate on how many will ultimately lose their jobs because of this? I’m going to go conservative here, even though we’re just getting started. How many people does a tram car hold? 79? I’m going to guess that between 7 and 9 big-time players in Portland will flick their career switch to “Off” over this thing. The process is only beginning.