Bullet-train boondoggle yields a Cabinet-level delusion

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,” Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood testified before a congressional committee. “The president will include funding in his budget. I think we’ll get there with public money, but in the absence of that we’ll get there with private money.”

Oh, yeah, private investors are salivating at the chance to be part of California’s grand experiment. That’s why they’ve been lining up to help Sacramento for four years.

Not!

What is it about trains that so deludes people on the left?

They talk themselves into thinking inflexible, costly light-rail is what poor people want, not flexible, cheap buses.

They talk themselves into believing a bullet train that by necessity has to have few stops (or it won’t be a bullet train) can be akin to a mass-transit subway in its level of use.

And now they think that private investors will look at their fantasies and see vast substance to them.

George Will is right. LaHood “should take a high-speed train into retirement.”

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  1. jimmydeeoc
    jimmydeeoc 9 December, 2012, 16:51

    “What is it about trains that so deludes people on the left?”

    Because Europe has them. The Left is smitten with anything and everything European. For the Left, Europe is that “shining city on a hill”. That they haven’t read – or choose to ignore – the fact that the entire house of cards is falling down is besides the point.

    Of how many items does the Leftist argument begin and end with “….The United States is the only industrialized nation that does/does not (fill in blank)….”?

    It’s endless.

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  2. Donkey
    Donkey 9 December, 2012, 17:37

    So true Jimmy!! 🙂

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  3. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 10 December, 2012, 02:35

    Donk- get on here buddy, we need more people like YOU contributing here!

    Teddy got OCO kicked off, we need you to put Teddy in check… 😉

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  4. Hank
    Hank 10 December, 2012, 10:01

    LaHood had ALL the answers until asked about the route from Bakersfield to L.A. Want to know why? Turn left at Bakersfield go to Palmdale, take a right to L.A. HSR website has delusional number of riders at Bakersfield and Palmdale.
    This HSR is NOT about a train, there is another agenda. I don’t know what it is, land grab, water rights, Warren Buffet scheme, something.
    Of course most of the Fed money has been borrowed to the General Fund.

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  5. dltravers
    dltravers 11 December, 2012, 01:09

    Its the nexus of everything Kluckafornia. Unions using their muscle because a bunch of high paying taxpayer funded jobs are on the line for a meaninless adventure, politicians lining up their buddies and contributors for fat contracts, and liberals out of touch with reality thinking that this pile of BS will work.

    As the other writer noted, who knows what other hidden agendas are in the works? They will see this boondoggle through, at 20 times the intial cost estimates.

    We lose, a few others win.

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