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Bullet train becoming ‘Moonbeam Express'
The Orange County Register ^ | 2-1-2012 | Orange County Register editorial boarad

Posted on 02/01/2012 11:20:58 AM PST by landsbaum

In a brazen denial of the obvious, Gov. Jerry Brown now insists the proposed California high-speed rail can be built for much less than its own business plan stipulates, and wants to use anti-global-warming carbon taxes to underwrite the proposal, whose price tag has nearly tripled in the three years since voters approved it.

The governor seems intent on demonstrating how California's state government has burdened taxpayers with mounting debt, while overspending to create consecutive years of budget deficits. . .

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


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: capandtrade; deficits; highspeedrail; jerrybrown

1 posted on 02/01/2012 11:21:01 AM PST by landsbaum
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To: landsbaum

John and Ken are calling it the Browndoggle. Or it could be called “The Brown Streak”.


2 posted on 02/01/2012 11:26:22 AM PST by Veggie Todd (I don't mind you hitting me, Frank, but take it easy on the Bacardi.)
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To: landsbaum

Either Moonbeam took too many drugs or not enough, but he is definitely off his meds and is suffering an incurable brain disorder. It sounds like he actually believes the lies he spouts.


3 posted on 02/01/2012 11:32:07 AM PST by Ranger Warrior ("To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards out of men." - Abraham Lincoln)
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To: landsbaum

I propose building a rail line, using conventional diesel locomotives, to save tons of money. Oh wait, we already have that! We don’t need hi-speed rail Mr. Moonbeam. De-regulate and cut spending!


4 posted on 02/01/2012 11:32:26 AM PST by roadcat
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To: Veggie Todd; landsbaum; doug from upland

This project needs its own DUFU. Perhaps “The Moonbeam Express” to the tune of “The Polar Express.”

All aboard! All aboard!
Tickets please, tickets
Well, you coming?

It’s a magic carpet on a rail
Never takes a rest
Flying through the mountains and the snow
Ride for free and join the fun
(You can ride for free)
If you just say yes!
Cause that’s the way things happen
On the Polar Express
You bet!

Wooo wooo the whistle blows
That’s the sound of her singing
Ding ding the bell will ring
Golly look at her go!

You wonder if you’ll get there soon
Anybody’s guess
Cause that’s the way things happen
On the Polar Express

When we get there we’ll scream Yes! (Yeah)
We’ll arrive with a bang bang bang
boom boom boom
Laughing all the way!

It’s a choo choo with a stunning view
That rivals all the best
But you won’t see it advertised
It’s a simple fact we stay on track
Though sometimes we digress
But that can only happen on the Polar Express

Hiss hiss the steam hisses
That’s the sound of her breathing
Clang clang the boiler bangs
What a wonderful show!

With a comfy seat and lots to eat
Boy is this the best!
Wish it wouldn’t ever have to end
With a little luck we’ll be on time
There’s no need to stress
Cause that’s the way things happen
On the Polar Express

Lights are gleaming far across the snow
You’re not dreaming
May I present the North Pole!
If it’s penguins you expect to view
You surely haven’t guessed
They all live down at the other end

With a little luck we’ll be on time
There’s no need to stress
Cause that’s the way things happen
On the Polar Express

Boom boom the whistle blows
That’s the sound of her singing
Ding ding the bell will ring
Golly look at her go!
If you want to join us come along
I’ll check my manifest
Cause that’s the way things happen
On the Polar Express

When we get there we’ll scream Yes! (Yeah)
We’ll arrive with a bang bang bang boom boom boom
Laughing all the way
If you want to join us come along
You can be our guest
Cause that’s the way things happen
On the roller coaster the Polar Express
Next stop One Hundred and Thirteen Forty-Four
Edbrook Avenue
Next stop One Hundred and Thirteen Forty-Four
Edbrook Avenue

Ahh ahhh ahh that is not a toy young man
That is not a toy
Take your seats please
Take your seats


5 posted on 02/01/2012 11:33:17 AM PST by pogo101
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To: landsbaum

Too bad a blog trip is required to read this.

Nope, no thanks.

As much traffic as you try to drive away from FR I hope you are a large donor and not just a parasite.


6 posted on 02/01/2012 11:43:07 AM PST by Eaker (Remember, the enemy tends to wise up at the least convenient moments.)
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To: Eaker

This isn’t a blog linked. It’s a lead editorial in the Orange County Register.


7 posted on 02/01/2012 11:45:01 AM PST by pogo101
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To: Eaker; humblegunner; metmom; 50mm; landsbaum

Parasitic duplicity -

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/by:landsbaum/index?brevity=full;tab=comments

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/by:marklandsbaum/index?brevity=full;tab=comments


8 posted on 02/01/2012 11:47:45 AM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: Ranger Warrior
is suffering an incurable brain disorder

I'd say "Liberalism," but that sometimes, rarely, can be cured.

9 posted on 02/01/2012 11:50:53 AM PST by pogo101
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To: landsbaum

Lieberalism mental disorder in action. Onward leftist soldiers march to utopia.


10 posted on 02/01/2012 11:51:34 AM PST by tflabo (Truth or tyranny)
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To: landsbaum

We need a 20 billion dollar high speed train because, for leftists, you can’t get to San Francisco fast enough.


11 posted on 02/01/2012 11:52:16 AM PST by Argus
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To: Ranger Warrior

Moonbeam is pushing 75 years old. He is showing the early signs of dementia. He is in his second childhood. He likes to play with toy trains.


12 posted on 02/01/2012 11:52:41 AM PST by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: forgotten man

I agree, with one big proviso: I PERSONALLY am going to be sharp and brilliant well into MY 120s. :P

Just not Moonbeam.


13 posted on 02/01/2012 11:53:54 AM PST by pogo101
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To: landsbaum

I wish we could pass a law that stipulates liberals must pay all the costs associated with their stupid, statist, failed ideas. Any place at any time in human history where socialism was tried it failed. The Soviet Union. Detroit. California. Cuba. Oakland.


14 posted on 02/01/2012 11:55:24 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: forgotten man

He’s been showing those signs for at least 40 years.


15 posted on 02/01/2012 11:57:10 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: landsbaum

Train derailment a few miles from me today. If it had been the high speed rail planned for this line, one little town wouldn’t even exist today and many would be dead.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2841061/posts


16 posted on 02/01/2012 11:57:45 AM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Eaker

You are not paying close attention are you?


17 posted on 02/01/2012 11:59:23 AM PST by Michael.SF. (When you hear hooves, think horses, not zebras.)
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To: shibumi
Parasitic duplicity

One of my favorite Queensrÿche tunes.

18 posted on 02/01/2012 12:02:28 PM PST by humblegunner
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To: landsbaum

I’ll say it again, based on the current $98B estimate for infrastructure costs and the ridership estimates, it would be cheaper for the next 30 years for the state to pay every single person $100 for every single one-way trip they take between SF and LA — and then also reimburse them for gas when they get back.


19 posted on 02/01/2012 12:05:31 PM PST by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: Michael.SF.; Eaker; shibumi
You are not paying close attention are you?

Yeah, he's paying attention.

This dude only posts his own stuff, and in excerpted form.

He's farming hits for himself using a site we all pay for.

Free advertising, if you will.

Check it:

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/by:landsbaum/index?tab=articles

20 posted on 02/01/2012 12:06:05 PM PST by humblegunner
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To: humblegunner

LOL rumor has it that Jesse Jackson wrote their titles.


21 posted on 02/01/2012 12:06:44 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: humblegunner

And here I thought it was an interesting, conservative editorial that brought fresh insights to an idiotic leftist boondoggle! Thanks for straightening me out.


22 posted on 02/01/2012 12:09:15 PM PST by pogo101
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To: landsbaum
As a California native I can say that California government is totally in the hands of a coalition antithetical to American interests. Further, it is and will be impossible to dislodge the coalition by ordinary political means.

The only interesting feature left to contemplate will be how the members of the coalition will be able to divide up American wealth among themselves. For example, Mexicans have total control of Los Angeles, Asians and Gays control the Bay area. Even the Negro members of the coalition are being marginalized. Will the coalition members actually come to real fighting?

23 posted on 02/01/2012 12:11:38 PM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Michael.SF.; humblegunner; Eaker; landsbaum

Speaking of paying attention, notice this:

The OC Register has insisted on “Excerpt Only” status for its articles (not its blogs, but they do that too.)

Then, after insisting on Copyright restrictions on FreeRepublic, they have their lead editorial writer, open not one, but two FReeper accounts to pimp their stuff on this forum and benefit from the traffic that ~YOU~ as a loyal contributing FReeper pay for.


24 posted on 02/01/2012 12:12:42 PM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: All

can’t think much of a state that allows 14 year olds to get free abortions on demand without parental consent but wants to treat sugar like a controlled substance.


25 posted on 02/01/2012 12:18:33 PM PST by newnhdad (Soylent green is people..)
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To: landsbaum

Aren’t carbon taxes to be paid by entities that will pass on the expense to consumers? This seems like one more sort of hidden tax that all CA residents will have to pay.

It’ getting harder that harder to justify living in CA.


26 posted on 02/01/2012 12:30:51 PM PST by unique1
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To: Michael.SF.

To blog pimping?

Why yes, yes I am. Read further down the thread for prrof as to whom isn’t paying attention.


27 posted on 02/01/2012 12:31:02 PM PST by Eaker (Remember, the enemy tends to wise up at the least convenient moments.)
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To: humblegunner

Gotcha. Thanks!


28 posted on 02/01/2012 12:32:17 PM PST by Michael.SF. (When you hear hooves, think horses, not zebras.)
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To: Eaker
Understood. I went to the link, to the OC Register, which is not a blog, and did not take it past that.

Guess I was the one not paying attention!

29 posted on 02/01/2012 12:36:39 PM PST by Michael.SF. (When you hear hooves, think horses, not zebras.)
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To: shibumi

Why do you care? It is a legit article from a legit source (last non communist paper in California). Who cares if the author posts it?


30 posted on 02/01/2012 12:36:54 PM PST by MrShoop
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To: MrShoop

I don’t care if they post it, but that’s not what they did.

And I don’t feel like picking up 54 cookies (complete with trackers and beacons) to read it.


31 posted on 02/01/2012 12:39:26 PM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: shibumi

You mean because it is just an excerpt? They do it because they need to make money by serving ads, why is it a big deal? There are 139 sources now on the FR excerpt list, why is this one a bee in your bonnet? Don’t click it if you don’t like it.


32 posted on 02/01/2012 12:52:04 PM PST by MrShoop
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To: MrShoop
"Don’t click it if you don’t like it"

Don't worry - I didn't.

And you don't have to keep responding to my opinions if you don't like them.
33 posted on 02/01/2012 1:12:51 PM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: landsbaum

A high-speed train funded by cap-and-trade revenue is the liberals’ idea of a perpetual-motion machine.


34 posted on 02/01/2012 3:51:01 PM PST by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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