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A high-speed train wreck for
Obama and liberalism

Washington Examiner, by Philip Klein

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Posted By:garnet, 8/8/2014 8:41:17 AM

Few of President Obama´s initiatives are more emblematic of his early ambitions to be a transformational liberal leader than his vision for connecting the nation with a vast high-speed rail network. The dream of building a system of bullet trains in the United States akin to what exists in Europe involves massive and sustained government spending, more money for unions, and promises to move the nation away from car-based transportation. Thus, it represents everything that excites American liberals. Obama’s February 2009 economic stimulus package committed $8 billion to 79 projects spanning 31 states that were to lay the groundwork for “13 new,

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Mickeymat, 8/8/2014 9:06:58 AM     (No. 9957816)

And the biggest promoters of this careless society themselves live on acreage totally dependent upon the automobile. Living in crowded stinking cities is for the little people.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Wakeupcall, 8/8/2014 9:22:43 AM     (No. 9957833)

Money is what it is all about. Finding ways to siphon tax dollars from taxpayers is the number one agenda for Marxist democrats and RINO´s to provide money for their campaign donors and speaking fees.

$100 of millions of dollars in speaking fees as political pay back for all those tax payers dollars.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: jeffkinnh, 8/8/2014 9:56:17 AM     (No. 9957870)

Sometimes, rarely, the government can do big things well. The problem for liberals is that the big things they want to do are stupid, unsustainable, and fly in the face of reason. The US is NOT Europe and our population is not distributed like theirs. Extensive high speed rail was a foolish idea from the start.

Republicans can have the same problem, like trying to "democratize" Arab nations who don´t have a society that understands or wants democracy.

Also, Republicans get drawn into "compassionate" causes trying, buying into the idea of Utopia that all can be wonderful if we just tweak things enough. The problem is, it doesn´t work. By trying to bubble wrap everyone to protect them from all possible difficulties you spend far too much money and you stifle innovation and risk taking that generates progress. We become a "safe" but sterile society.

That´s why Conservatives believe that the less government tries to do the less it will be able to screw up. And the less intervention in the free market, the better.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: ida Lou Pino, 8/8/2014 11:18:59 AM     (No. 9957982)

A simpler solution - - - -

Giant catapults which hurl people over long distances to secure landings in large safety nets.

There would be virtually no fuel costs - - just the initial cost of giant springs to propel the catapults. Thus the "carbon footprint" would be next to zero - - helping to save our planet from the depredations of "climate change."

People of all classes, races, sexes, and lifestyle preferences would have equal access. Just show up at the catapult field - - climb into the pod - - then get hurled 100 miles or so to the next transfer point. New York to Los Angeles would take far less time - - far less fuel - - and cause much greater exhiliration - - than a fuel-guzzling commercial jet flight.

The time is NOW to start massively subsidizing and building this 21st-century transport mode!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: oh-heck, 8/8/2014 12:13:49 PM     (No. 9958057)

We took my grandson on a train trip 2 years ago. There is only one train running through Houston and only 3day a week. Arrival times at stations in the middle of the line are often in the keeping of the night. In Cleveland, we had our choice of 1 AM or 5 AM. Traffic is so low that you can´t count on rental cars being at hand or hotel shuttles.

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