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Sen. Harry Reid urges California not to abandon high speed rail
SFGate: Capitol Insider ^ | 8/10/11 | Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Staff Writer

Posted on 08/10/2011 12:36:06 PM PDT by SmithL

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday that it would be "short-sighted" to abandon high speed rail ambitions in California, even as Democratic lawmakers here show signs of concern over the multi-billion dollar project.

On Tuesday, some of the project's supporters expressed reservations after seeing an environmental report estimating that the first segment of the rail line could cost between $3 billion and $6 billion more than expected.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: corruption; democrats; dingyharry; highspeedrail; pork; reid; taxandspend; taxes
Dingy Harry sure loves spending other people's money.
1 posted on 08/10/2011 12:36:13 PM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

FUHR!! Run your own damned railroad!!


2 posted on 08/10/2011 12:37:57 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Impeach the corrupt Marxist bastard!!)
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To: SmithL

Kinda like a crack dealer waving a rock under the nose of an addict.


3 posted on 08/10/2011 12:38:17 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin)
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To: SmithL

I suspect he owns some of the land the high speed rail line from LA to Las Vegas would be built on.


4 posted on 08/10/2011 12:39:10 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving politicians more tax money is like giving addicts free drugs to cure their addiction)
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To: SmithL

Harry has visions of more riches from eminent domain....


5 posted on 08/10/2011 12:39:30 PM PDT by G Larry (I dream of a day when a man is judged by the content of his character)
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To: SmithL
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday that it would be "short-sighted" to abandon high speed rail ambitions in California, even as Democratic lawmakers here show signs of concern over the multi-billion dollar project.

What's this, Dingy Harry pulling punches that the Boxer can't?

6 posted on 08/10/2011 12:40:23 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: SmithL
Harry is convinced the moon is made out of money, and his illegitimate son Willie Green works for the California project.
7 posted on 08/10/2011 12:40:49 PM PDT by org.whodat (What does the Republican party stand for////??? absolutely nothing.)
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To: MNJohnnie

Just what we need. A high speed train to hell!


8 posted on 08/10/2011 12:40:57 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Impeach the corrupt Marxist bastard!!)
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To: SmithL

This cracks me up. If I may use an analogy:

The family is in debt to its eyeballs, dad just got a 20% cut in pay, and mom says WE STILL NEED TO BUY THAT MOTORHOME!

Uh huh.


9 posted on 08/10/2011 12:41:30 PM PDT by RobRoy (The US today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: MNJohnnie
We now know Willy Greene's secret identity.

Too bad JR can't just boot him outta' the Congress like he did FR (Bwahahahahahah!!!!!!!!!)

10 posted on 08/10/2011 12:41:35 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: MNJohnnie
I suspect he owns some of the land the high speed rail line from LA to Las Vegas would be built on.

Admittedly, that might actually be useful. Instead, the high speed rail, segment one, will be built from the least populated part of the California central valley to another extremely low populated part, destroying dozens of farms in the process, simply because that segment is the cheapest and easiest to build and the theory goes: build part of it, and you're committed to the whole 40 billion dollar plan.

Railway from nowhere to nowhere.

11 posted on 08/10/2011 12:43:42 PM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: kingu

Reid is corrupt to the core.


12 posted on 08/10/2011 12:44:50 PM PDT by Rapscallion (All Democrats are equal but some Democrats are more equal than others.)
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To: SmithL

If the project were cancelled, Reid would probably lose a lot of money from kickbacks.


13 posted on 08/10/2011 12:48:46 PM PDT by RC2
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To: SmithL

The sooner California can be driven in to bankrupcy and auctioned off, the sooner Nevada can have an oceanfront...


14 posted on 08/10/2011 12:49:25 PM PDT by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: SmithL

Reid is up to his eyeballs in this rail nonsense...

Here’s just one item that details why he doesn’t want CA to abandon this boondoggle..

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2010/oct/14/transportation-train-project-priority-reid/


15 posted on 08/10/2011 12:49:39 PM PDT by SZonian (July 27, 2010. Life begins anew.)
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To: SmithL

Well, at least he’s consistent. Seriously though, I wonder where he thinks the money is coming from. Does he understand that, even though this is Liberal California, even Jerry Brown is starting to face the reality of no money? What’s the answer? Force workers to build the rail system for free?


16 posted on 08/10/2011 12:51:39 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: SmithL

The Big Dig in Boston will pale in comparison if this boondoggle goes forward.


17 posted on 08/10/2011 12:54:24 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: SmithL

Hey Harry........GTH and worry about your own state.

I am SO fed up with these BASTARDS!!!!

FUHR you POS!!!!


18 posted on 08/10/2011 12:59:34 PM PDT by Kevin in California
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To: SmithL
Supporters of the rail project, the nation's most ambitious, said the private sector will be a significant source of funding and that the money will start flowing once work begins. Read more

The private sector is always the source of funding for this stuff, whether they want to be or not. California is milking the private sector dry.

19 posted on 08/10/2011 1:00:46 PM PDT by Crichton
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To: SmithL
Harry Roid hooking up a constituent in a back alley.

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20 posted on 08/10/2011 1:07:30 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin)
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To: kingu

Yes, the plan was to t the Vegas branch off of that one, much father down the road. All the investors wanted was a few million acres of federal land.and un limited credit.


21 posted on 08/10/2011 1:08:20 PM PDT by org.whodat (What does the Republican party stand for////??? absolutely nothing.)
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To: MNJohnnie

Surprised that they never bring up the land he owned near the bridge they built bypassing the dam.


22 posted on 08/10/2011 1:09:56 PM PDT by Always Independent
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To: MNJohnnie
I suspect he owns some of the land the high speed rail line from LA to Las Vegas would be built on.

Even if he doesn't, he wants CA taxpayers to spend billions we don't have so L.A. welfare recipients can transfer money faster to his constituents' NV casinos. Of course lots of union workers a.k.a. Democrats will be employed to build the RR as well.

23 posted on 08/10/2011 1:15:33 PM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: SmithL
Hoary Reid lies..."If you could take a train from Sacramento to L.A. to San Diego, that would be wonderful, instead of the inefficient San Francisco to Los Angeles flights that happen every day,"

What?

Perhaps Mister Reid is not aware; however, we here in Sacramento actually have scheduled air service directly to San Diego.

(Since Harry's example is in err, I guess we don't need to waste zillions on a train that nobody will take (voluntarily), n'est ce pas?

.

24 posted on 08/10/2011 1:25:37 PM PDT by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: SmithL

Someday we will see something cost less than the first estimates. Not today however.


25 posted on 08/10/2011 1:38:05 PM PDT by itsahoot (--I will still vote for Sarah Palin, even if she doesn't run--)
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To: Bernard Marx

Indians do not like this idea one bit, I suspect they will defend their new watering holes.


26 posted on 08/10/2011 1:43:04 PM PDT by itsahoot (--I will still vote for Sarah Palin, even if she doesn't run--)
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To: SmithL

California needs to go broker. So we can be the brokiest ever. Some kind of a contest or something.


27 posted on 08/10/2011 1:45:22 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (The democratic party is the greatest cargo cult in history.)
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To: kingu

Shutting off the water to the Central Valley in order to “protect” a non-indegineous minnow has done wonders for this plan.

Thanks Boxer, Pelosi, Waxman, etc.

Thieving grifters lining their pockets.


28 posted on 08/10/2011 1:49:21 PM PDT by SZonian (July 27, 2010. Life begins anew.)
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To: SmithL

On the other side of the argument, every penny spent on HSR is a penny that the state legislators can’t spend on free health care, free housing, and free Kindergarten-to-Doctorate education for illegal aliens from Mexico.


29 posted on 08/10/2011 2:01:10 PM PDT by MeganC (Are you better off than you were four years ago?)
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To: kingu
"Railway from nowhere to nowhere."


30 posted on 08/10/2011 2:01:42 PM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik ("The trouble with internet quotations is that you don't know if they are true"-Abraham Lincoln.)
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To: itsahoot

Maybe Reid is trying to persuade the Indians to send more campaign money his way, lol.


31 posted on 08/10/2011 2:10:07 PM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: SmithL
The dims want to abolish private vehicle ownership and that is what all of this transportation for the masses is all about. Think incrementalism.

LLS

32 posted on 08/10/2011 2:15:42 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Certified Al Palin Hobbit Terrorist)
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To: WayneS

Yeah right! Like Nevada is in great financial condition right now. The truth of the matter is that when you look at percentages, Nevada is in much, much worse shape than California. So the oceanfront land you are looking for may be as far east as Utah. Try one home in 4 or 5 in Las Vegas in foreclosure. Try Clark County unemployment at around 14%. Try home sales down 60% this year to last. Yeah, California sucks, I know, I live here, but I have family in Las Vegas and believe me things are much worse there (and also in Reno as well).


33 posted on 08/10/2011 2:24:13 PM PDT by vette6387 (Enough Already!)
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To: SmithL

My how times and values have changed.

40 years ago we had men like Barry Goldwater and Mo Udall pushing to build a canal to bring water from the Colorado River to Arizona and California.

Now we have Harry Reid wanting to spend more money than was spent on the CAP canal system to deliver drunken gamblers from LA to Vegas.


34 posted on 08/10/2011 2:34:45 PM PDT by rdcbn
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To: rdcbn

Oh, and we also have California refusing to deliver water to it’s Central Valley Farmers.


35 posted on 08/10/2011 2:36:23 PM PDT by rdcbn
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To: Opinionated Blowhard
Do what the pharoahs did ~ turn free labor into religious obligation!

Hey, bet Reid knows all about that idea anyway!

36 posted on 08/10/2011 2:40:05 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: SmithL

the first segment of the rail line could cost between $3 billion and $6 billion more than expected.

Perhaps this will be a good thing. California legislators are addicted to spending. Let them spend the state to ruin. It can’t get much worse than it is now.


37 posted on 08/10/2011 3:35:11 PM PDT by Joan Kerrey
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To: All

Abandon it NOW. DO IT! Get out. Get out NOW.


38 posted on 08/10/2011 4:01:04 PM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: vette6387

Got jokes?


39 posted on 08/11/2011 6:03:07 AM PDT by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: LibLieSlayer

Problem is, at these costs we will never be able to afford a ticket!


40 posted on 08/14/2011 10:42:25 AM PDT by Shady (The undeniable truth of the Obama Administration...The numbers do not lie.)
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