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As high-speed rail project falters, Obama’s vision of government remains unfulfilled
Washington Post ^ | November 8, 2013 | By Juliet Eilperin

Posted on 11/08/2013 1:34:26 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee

MILWAUKEE — The gleaming red-and-white trains sit motionless in a cavernous warehouse in Century City, an industrial neighborhood that cranked out 100 million car and truck frames in its heyday. The seats are draped in plastic; an electronic screen on one reads, “Quiet Car. 11:10 a.m. 000 MPH.”

President Obama once hoped that these high-speed trains would be transporting passengers from Milwaukee to Madison, Wis., part of a broader system crisscrossing the Midwest and the nation.

But Wisconsin’s Republican governor, Scott Walker, rejected $823 million in funding that the federal government was offering, and the Transportation Department transferred the funds to California. The two trains now sit idle, with five employees of a Spanish manufacturer left behind to tend them. . .

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


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: California; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: boondoggle; trains; waste; willie
I say build dedicated lanes on highways for high-speed buses.
1 posted on 11/08/2013 1:34:26 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee
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To: Brad from Tennessee
Obama's vision of government is government as a shiny new toy.
2 posted on 11/08/2013 1:46:01 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Gotta get those Trayvons to and from the flash robs as quickly as possible.


3 posted on 11/08/2013 1:46:53 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
Latest proposal for Obamarail.
4 posted on 11/08/2013 1:48:48 PM PST by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
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5 posted on 11/08/2013 1:50:23 PM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: Brad from Tennessee
What happened to harry reids boondoggle?

Did it run out of money?

6 posted on 11/08/2013 2:03:14 PM PST by mdittmar
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Been done, doesn’t work out all that well.


7 posted on 11/08/2013 2:16:51 PM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
As high-speed rail project falters, Obama’s vision of government remains unfulfilled

Everything 0bama touches turns to SH*T!

8 posted on 11/08/2013 2:17:59 PM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Who but a TYRANT shoves down another man's throat what he has exempted himself from?)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I know that’s the quote from the SS agent,
but I believe O thinks of government more as a shiny new revolver to use to rob his “enemies” and reward his friends.


9 posted on 11/08/2013 2:18:57 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

“Scott Walker, rejected $823 million in funding that the federal government was offering, and the Transportation Department transferred the funds to California.”

And Dianne Fineswine rejoiced. Thank Obama for refilling the trough


10 posted on 11/08/2013 2:22:18 PM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (If global warming exists I hope it is strong enough to reverse the Big Government snowball)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

The high speed rail job in California board just proposed the second segment will be from Fresno to bakersfield.

BOnus Points ? - Where DA heck is DA first segment?


11 posted on 11/08/2013 2:26:48 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

I suspect that California will never have a functioning high speed rail system, at least one that people will use. However, this state will end up spending billions and billions of dollars down the rat hole called high speed rail.


12 posted on 11/08/2013 2:28:37 PM PST by CdMGuy
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To: Brad from Tennessee
While the high-speed project has made a tangible difference already in some parts of the country

And then she goes on to explain just what that "tangible difference" is -- NOT.

13 posted on 11/08/2013 2:31:45 PM PST by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment. [Ludwig Von Mises])
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To: CdMGuy

“I suspect that California will never have a functioning high speed rail system, at least one that people will use. However, this state will end up spending billions and billions of dollars down the rat hole called high speed rail.”

And DiFi’s husband will pocket a good chunk of that.


14 posted on 11/08/2013 2:32:21 PM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (If global warming exists I hope it is strong enough to reverse the Big Government snowball)
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15 posted on 11/08/2013 2:34:36 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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16 posted on 11/08/2013 2:34:54 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

“and the manufacturing jobs that come with it.”

What manufacturing jobs? The only manufacturer the article mentioned is in Spain!


17 posted on 11/08/2013 2:51:21 PM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin
If I remember correctly, the California project is an expensive, over budget mess that provides very little value.

If the Milwaukee to Madison corridor needed high speed rail it would already be served by express bus service. Of course, the bus service would be more flexible, lower cost and use existing roadways.

I live near La Crosse, Wisconsin and frequently observe the local municipal bus system in action. The most passengers I have ever observed on a bus during the morning rush hour is four. Liberals love to implement mass transit and don't care about costs or results.

18 posted on 11/08/2013 2:55:23 PM PST by Senator_Blutarski
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To: Brad from Tennessee

High speed in the mid west, sure, to get out of it as possible. Wonder if any Libs would set foot here in Cincy.

Libs congregate in a 4 block area downtown and want their blessed streetcar to nowhere.


19 posted on 11/08/2013 2:57:59 PM PST by CincyRichieRich (“Life is hard, but it’s harder when you’re stupid.” John Wayne)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

There are not enough travelers to fill the Badger Bus from Madison to Milwaukee, the Greyhound from Madison to Milwaukee, and the Megabus from Madison to Milwaukee. They expected a train to be full based on that?


20 posted on 11/08/2013 2:58:10 PM PST by Thunder90 (All posts soley represent my own opinion.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Not everything is Frontpage news.


21 posted on 11/08/2013 3:03:25 PM PST by Admin Moderator
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22 posted on 11/08/2013 3:04:47 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Brad from Tennessee
Thankfully Florida Governor Rick Scott put the kabash on the multi billion dollar boondoggle high speed rail in Florida from Orlando to Tampa....

It would have been known as the "ghost train" because nobody would ride it...

It is actually about the same price to rent a car verses buying subsidized train tickets from Orlando to Tampa which is an hour drive...

23 posted on 11/08/2013 3:17:56 PM PST by Popman
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To: Brad from Tennessee

The 50 IQ apes at the Washington Post are the most delusional Goebbel’s propagandists to ever infest the globe. If Hitler were still alive, the Washington Post simpletons would be on a cattlecar to Auschwitz.


24 posted on 11/08/2013 4:32:02 PM PST by sergeantdave
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To: Popman
Florida East Coast Railway had plans in 2012 to establish a passenger rail corridor with PRIVATE funding:

http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2012-03-23/news/fl-fec-miami-orlando-new-train-20120322_1_freight-trains-daily-trains-fec.

I am 100% for private capital investment in FOR-PROFIT ventures... afterall, shareholders would not piss away THEIR MONEY the way the government seems to enjoy doing with money that ISN'T THEIRS.

25 posted on 11/08/2013 6:09:51 PM PST by Rodamala
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To: Rodamala
A high speed rail from Miami to Orlando makes a million times more sense than Orlando to Tampa..

That line might actually make money for private investors...or at least break even at some point...

26 posted on 11/08/2013 6:16:54 PM PST by Popman
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[Not everything is Frontpage news.]

It's called news judgment which is relative to the clock. At the time it was the lead story on the WashPost Breaking News site.

27 posted on 11/09/2013 3:17:27 AM PST by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

High speed rail can’t falter soon enough as far as I am concerned.


28 posted on 11/09/2013 10:10:43 AM PST by Carry_Okie (Grovelnator Schwarzenkaiser: fasionable fascism one charade at a time.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
It's called news judgment which is relative to the clock.

No - it's called spamming.

29 posted on 11/09/2013 10:19:36 AM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Brad from Tennessee

The two trains now sit idle, with five employees of a Spanish manufacturer left behind to tend them. . .


Has this administration ever bought anything made in the US?


30 posted on 11/09/2013 10:27:51 AM PST by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

The US doesn’t manufacture passenger railcars anymore after the big bankruptcy at Colorado Railcar a few years ago. Renfe-Talgo of Spain was planning to build passenger railcars here, but the deal fell apart when three states decided not to participate.


31 posted on 11/09/2013 10:30:45 AM PST by Publius ("Who is John Galt?" by Billthedrill & Publius is now available at Amazon.)
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