Posts Tagged ‘high speed rail’

$53 Billion Down The Drain

February 8, 2011

Comrade Obama is at it again. He just won’t let his dream of ruling the world from the back of a train end. According to Reuters the plan is to sink, and I do mean sink, $53 billion of your tax dollars down this never-ending hole.

The reason I treat this so harshly is because I was a mere child when they flushed the Amtrak commode and it hasn’t stopped running yet. The money just flows down the train drain day after day, year after year, decade after decade and nothing gets better. Trains still suck. Trains still lose money. Trains are still subsidized with your tax dollars. People still die at train crossings. All for what? You can’t afford to ride the darn thing and if it gets you where you’re going you don’t have a way to get around while you’re there.

I don’t know why they are so dead set on doing this. Here‘s a story about it. As you can see even the transportation guy and the railroad subcommittee Chairman have “extreme reservations” about this. They compare it to giving  Madoff another shot at your investment portfolio. Again I ask, why?

Right at the beginning of the story you see where House Republicans demonstrate that they “get it”. This requires “private investment”. That’s the crux of the matter. The gubmint has no business in ANY business, much less the train business which is a proven loser.

Then they keep pointing to China as a model. China has no infrastructure. It is a prime subject for this sort of thing. The United States has a fantastic infrastructure that needs to be maintained, not replaced with some antiquated crap. Have I made this point clear? One more time. Trains are a step up from walking on jungle trails. Trains are a giant leap down from riding in custom comfort to your exact destination. Can this get any clearer?

Let’s examine this further. Almost every home in America has a garage and driveway attached to it. The driveway comes right off the road it sits on. Even the apartments have parking lots as do most of America’s destinations. China, on the other hand has none of this. They’re lucky if they have a road. Now, is Comrade Obama asking us to waste all of this? What are his plans? Does he even have any? I find this truly perplexing. The part that really tweaks me is that this all stems from the scam that is global warming. Until next time, screw environmentalists.

More On Trains

November 19, 2010

There you have the emblem for California’s new high-speed rail project. Does it remind you of a certain dictators seal? In April of 2009 when Chairman Zero unveiled his scheme to cover the land with his dictatormobile he never could have dreamed that the peasants would use his seal as a model for their emblem.

So, in his joy, Zero has pledged 1.3 billion to Amtrak in addition to the federal subsidies already there like to help pay for first class tickets. WTF? We also have $8 billion coming at it from the stimulus plan and another $2.4 billion being committed on top of that. Answer me this, if California is so broke how are they going to get the lions share of the money still needed to finish this hair brained project? That’s right sports fans bend and grab. You’re up. I know Florida has no idea where they will be getting the money to complete and operate the mess started by their RINO turned Independent Governor.

Now, the big hub for all this BS is… Wait for it… Wait for it… Barry’s(alleged) hometown, Chicago. Isn’t that handy. Oh, you didn’t hear all that now did you? Anything else you would like to know about the big plan while we’re here? Apparently the newly elected Governor of Wisconsin wants to redirect the (get this) $810 million to fix roads but Zero is less than delighted with that idea. And 10 or 12 people will be having a rally in favor of the Wisconsin train this Tuesday. Watch for that coverage and let me know if there is anyone there.

Back to funding. That ten billion in tax clams already dumped into the toilet will only fund slight upgrades to the trash that is Amtrak. Those of you with starry-eyed dreams of real high-speed trains can just dream on. High speed rail is defined in Europe as reaching 125 mph on upgraded track and 160 on new track. Zero’s crap will be lucky to reach the old Soviet standards of 100 mph.

Honestly folks, look into this good. Trains in this country are a nuisance at best and more accurately, deadly. Very few people will ride them because the cities in this country are not set up to accommodate them. When you get off your “high-speed train” there won’t be public transportation waiting just steps away, as the gubmint web site would have you believe, and the cab ride won’t be cheap. Until next time, screw environmentalists.