Posts Tagged ‘Ray LaHood’

LOL: Feds now tout 'higher-performing' rail, not bullet train

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

The federal government has long asserted that its provision of $3 billion-plus in 2009 "stimulus" funds to California for its bullet train is strictly governed by rules that will ensure the money is properly spent on viable high-speed rail projects -- ones with identified sources of future funding a...

Blame sequester theater, not sequester, for threat to CA beach

Thursday, August 29th, 2013
axe-sequester

Sequestration theater -- the Obama administration's attempt to make a de facto freeze on overall government spending as painful and inconvenient as possible -- is absolutely real. It's not an invention of the president's GOP critics. Just look at the pathetic attempt to squeeze air travelers this sp...

Most East Coast media misjudge CA bullet train

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Feb. 19, 2013 By Chris Reed The immense perception gap between East Coast and West Coast journalists when it comes to reporting on the Golden State was never in sharper relief than in 2003. If you were in California, the recall of Gov. Gray Davis felt like a political earthquake, a sign of vast pu...

Arnold as U.S. transportation secretary? Talk about karma!

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Jan. 2, 2013 By Chris Reed A little more than a year ago, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood surprised the inside-the-Beltway set by telling a Chicago reporter who asked if he would come back for a second Obama term that it was unlikely. I sure didn't hear about it at the time from the Calif...

Bullet-train boondoggle yields a Cabinet-level delusion

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

Dec. 9, 2012 By Chris Reed A House committee hearing Thursday at which Republicans vowed to use their majority to block new federal funding for California's bullet-train train wreck produced this astounding passage in The Washington Post: “We’re not giving up on high-speed rail,” Transportat...

Bullet Trains, Green Jobs and ‘The War Between Data and Storytelling’

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

May 15, 2012 By Chris Reed SAN DIEGO -- The smug, insufferably superior politics of the faculty lounge have gone mainstream on the Left in the past decade to the point where many “progressive” pundits and Democratic lawmakers openly act as if it is a given that their side always knows best and...

Spain’s High-Speed Boondoggle

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

John Seiler: Spain also has wasted money on a high-speed rail boondoggle, one they actually built. The Bee ran an article on it that tried to make the Iberian choo-choo sound better than it is. But the facts still were there. The Bee: "U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood voiced admiration for...