$53 Billion for High Speed Rail

Given the current unemployment rate, it’s understandable that the push for high-speed rail emphasizes jobs, but one hopes they trot out a few other benefits:

For a lot of travel, it’s faster than air and auto.  It should be cheaper than air travel.  It will help us catch up with other industrialized nations that we compete with.  And it will cut energy consumption, so we don’t send our petro-dollars to countries that hate us and fund terrorists.

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26 responses to “$53 Billion for High Speed Rail

  1. TempeBev

    Bring it on! “Transit and government officials in Phoenix, Las Vegas, Denver, Reno and Salt Lake City have formed an alliance to promote rapid passenger rail in the Intermountain West.” AZ Repub. 2/8/11

    Dnd and I can meet in Vegas!!

    • dnd

      Bev, Vegas sounds good right now. It’s 9 degrees here. But spring training starts next week, so let’s meet in Scottsdale 😉

  2. TempeBev

    “Saying party leaders are “not going to be perfect,” Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) acknowledged the first legislative loss of the new house majority, after GOP defections blocked an extension of the Patriot Act on Tues. night.

    https://clistersbackchannel.wordpress.com/2011/02/09/53-billion-for-high-speed-rail/#comments

    Oops – not paying attention? Doesn’t look good if you want to take the 2012 elections! Controlling your own party is off to a bad start.

  3. dog's eye view

    Jim Webb retiring from Senate.

    Not surprised; he was not sounding like a candidate.

    He does not owe Virginia another run, and may have tired of the dysfunctional Senate. But damn.

    Would have been a tough race, but maybe he could have pulled it out on Obama’s coat tails.

    Speculating on Tim Kaine or Tom Perriello.

    Please let it be someone personable, articulate and able to make the sale. Probably George Allen’s race to lose, but he could.

  4. Breaking News Alert
    The New York Times
    Wed, February 09, 2011 — 6:18 PM ET
    —–

    New York Congressman Resigns After Internet Postings

    Representative Chris Lee of New York, caught in the midst of
    a scandal involving a shirtless photo he reportedly sent to a
    woman on the Internet, has stepped down, according to a
    senior Congressional official.

    Mr. Lee, a Republican, notified the Republican Speaker of the
    House of his decision in a letter he sent this afternoon
    after the scandal erupted.

    Read More:
    http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/09/new-york-congressman-resigns-over-shirtless-photo/?emc=na

  5. dog's eye view

    From a wag on the LA Times website re ex-Rep Lee:

    “Now he can be the divorced lobbyist he was pretending to be.”

  6. Dooty

    MSNBC announcing that Mubarak to step down today (our time). Egypt’s VP to take over. They will have more info later.

  7. TempeBev

    D- are you coming for spring training?

  8. Dooty

    So, Mubarak did an end run and will not step down. This can’t end without being a very ugly matter.

  9. *stretches and yawns*

    Morning peeps

  10. Dooty

    So, Brian are you on the 3rd shift at the hospital?

  11. Doots, nurses at Mt. Sinai work 12 hour shifts. I work 3 13 hour overnight shifts a week.

  12. Breaking News Alert
    The New York Times
    Fri, February 11, 2011 — 8:57 AM ET
    —–

    Mubarak Leaves Cairo as Military Asserts Control

    The Egyptian military appeared to assert its leadership
    Friday amid growing indications that President Hosni Mubarak
    was yielding all power. A Western diplomat said that Mr.
    Mubarak had left the capital.

    As protesters were swarming into the streets Friday morning
    for what was expected to be the biggest and most volatile
    demonstrations in the three-week revolt here, the Supreme
    Council of the Egyptian Armed Forces issued a statement over
    state television and radio indicating that the military, not
    Mr. Mubarak, was in effective control of the country. It was
    unclear whether the military would take meaningful steps
    toward democracy or begin a military dictatorship.

    Western diplomats said that officials of the Egyptian
    government were scrambling to assure that a muddled speech
    Mr. Mubarak made on Thursday night that enraged protesters
    had in fact signaled his irrevocable handover of presidential
    authority.

    Read More:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/12/world/middleeast/12egypt.html?hp&emc=na

  13. held out a week longer than I thought he would!

  14. TempeBev

    I hope the transition goes well and without bloodshed. Maybe it will start a domino effect across other countries as when Russia divided etc.

  15. Dooty

    I heard something about him not being in Cairo this AM as I was getting ready to go out to the VA but did not put 2 +2 together. good for Egypt.

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