Why Jerry Will Kill High-Speed Rail

John Seiler:

It’s High-Speed Rail fanatic Jerry Brown who himself will kill the California High-Speed Rail Authority.

The reason: His first priority this year is passing his $7 billion tax increase ( which might only bring in $4.8 billion, according to the Legislative Analyst). Or some equivalent tax increase he works out with others proposing tax increases.

To pass a tax increase, he’s going to have to convince voters to approve a tax-increase initiative in November.

But so long as the High-Speed Rail is in existence, tax opponents will point to it as the Poster Boondoggle for government waste. They’ll take aim at its price tag of at least $98 billion. Jon Coupal of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and others will have a field day.

You can write the attack ads yourself: “Gov Jerry Brown wants to increase your taxes $7 billion. Yet he keeps pushing the $98 billion bullet train that everyone says is a boondoggle.” Follow that with quotes from the analyses by the Peer Review group, the Legislative Analyst and others.

So Brown will kill the bullet train. He’ll probably do it in his May Revise to his budget. By then a strategy will be set among himself, the powerful government-worker unions and the tax-increase billionaires on what tax increase will be pushed before voters. The mercy killing will be accompanied by a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth, by the governor and others, but it will happen.

They’re not going to want any distractions.

The bullet train will be pushed off a cliff.

You read it first here on CalWatchDog.com

Jan. 10, 2012

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  1. Eric in SR
    Eric in SR 10 January, 2012, 12:28

    Hoping you are spot-on correct about the Hot Rails to Hell bullet train! If only there was a way to convince a majority of California voters that the $7 billion tax increase (Schwarzenegger 2.0) fulfills the definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. A preponderance of “green” jobs…a booming California economy. Oh brother. Oh BIG brother…Sigh.

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  2. queeg
    queeg 10 January, 2012, 14:39

    Matter of time..

    Be patient…the California Wall will come down…we are broke and the Socialists will eat each other…..

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  3. Kathy
    Kathy 10 January, 2012, 16:54

    You may be right, but I’m thinking he’s waiting for the feds to push it off the cliff so he can say to his supporters, the ones who got him elected, I tried to push it until the end.

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  4. Juanito
    Juanito 11 January, 2012, 14:39

    Pesky budget gaps. This is why we can’t have $98Billion nice things.

    I certainly hope that there is a more than just a little wailing and gnashing of teeth – so we can point to the misguided priorities of these elected princes and princesses.

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