If you’re a smugly liberal city located in central Texas, then you want to make sure you exude an infatuation with big-government incompetency at every turn. And no one does big-government incompetency like the French. So it was only natural Austin Capitol Metro would hire a French consulting firm. Sadly, it seems the French have met their match.

According to Ben Wear at the Austin American Statesman, CapMetro hired the French firm to help run some rail operations back in 2007.

Well, now that the CapMetro train has been put on “indefinite hold” and federal regulators say the train isn’t safe, the agency is looking for someone to blame. And that’s apparently why they really hired the frenchies. Not everyone is buying it.

City Councilman Mike Martinez told Wear, “Other folks are going to have to accept their responsibility as well… It really brings into question the competence of the organization.”

So hard to know who to root for in a fight between the French and CapMetro…

Fortunately no one has yet been hurt by CapMetro’s trains of doom – expect taxpayers having paid for them. While “festivities to celebrate the opening that were scheduled for next weekend” have now been postponed and service-launch is delayed indefinitely, one wonders how much would have been wasted in party hats alone.

Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, and a dog. Check out his podcast, Reflections on Life and Liberty.