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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee pressing for bullet train between Houston and Dallas
Houston Chronicle ^ | April 5, 2012

Posted on 04/05/2012 11:23:00 AM PDT by BradtotheBone

Officials in Japan and South Korea are telling Houston-area Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee that they are interested in helping Texas build a high-speed rail line between Houston and Dallas.

The Houston Democrat said the foreign officials described their interest to her during an official congressional visit to Japan, South Korea and China.

“This is absolutely the right direction America should be moving toward,” said Jackson Lee, who traveled between Osaka and Tokyo on Japan’s world famous high speed rail system.

“We should be looking at high-speed rail that can provide clean, safe and efficient transportation that can move people from one destination to another,” the lawmaker said in a statement issued by her office.

Jackson Lee said she had fought hard to secure initial funding for Texas’ high-speed rail line from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The potential high-speed rail route between Houston and Dallas will include only one or two stops in between.

“Japanese and South Korean officials both expressed interest in supporting and providing high-speed rail in the state of Texas,” Jackson Lee’s statement said.

The lawmaker said she was working to arrange visits to Houston by the foreign officials so they could “see first-hand our needs and plans for an expanded rail transportation system.”

(Excerpt) Read more at blog.chron.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: 112th; congreswoomaaaaaaan; houston; jacksonlee; rail
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1 posted on 04/05/2012 11:23:05 AM PDT by BradtotheBone
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To: BradtotheBone

How long ‘til “bullet” is removed from liberal lexicon as verboten?


2 posted on 04/05/2012 11:24:51 AM PDT by freedomlover (Make sure you're in love - before you move in the heavy stuff)
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To: BradtotheBone

If Sheila is for it, I’m agin’ it.


3 posted on 04/05/2012 11:25:51 AM PDT by Clara Lou (ABO! ABO! ABO!)
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To: BradtotheBone

A 16 trillion dollar debt...and these fools are talking about more spending for projects to help the unions and local contractors to steal more federal dough.

Nuts.


4 posted on 04/05/2012 11:26:56 AM PDT by kjo (+)
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To: BradtotheBone
Moonbat... send her to Mars.

5 posted on 04/05/2012 11:27:26 AM PDT by evets (beer)
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To: Clara Lou

she thinks you can buy a kit at the model shop for $50.00 ,take 10 mins and bingo


6 posted on 04/05/2012 11:29:00 AM PDT by molson209
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To: BradtotheBone

When SJL gets on a bullet train, it moves at toy train speed.


7 posted on 04/05/2012 11:29:36 AM PDT by Wizdum (My job is to get you to shoot soda out your nose)
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To: BradtotheBone

Dang, I didn’t know there was an ammunition shortage in Dallas...


8 posted on 04/05/2012 11:30:37 AM PDT by Errant
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To: BradtotheBone
must...not...comment...
9 posted on 04/05/2012 11:30:53 AM PDT by TSgt (The only reason I have one in the chamber at all times, is because it is impossible to have two in.)
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To: BradtotheBone

Why? Southwest airlines have great round-trip rates.


10 posted on 04/05/2012 11:31:40 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: BradtotheBone

Strap a rocket on her back. Much faster and much cheaper.


11 posted on 04/05/2012 11:33:22 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: BradtotheBone

Its called American Eagle.


12 posted on 04/05/2012 11:33:54 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: BradtotheBone

Evidently a memo has been circulated amongst the dems that the best way to bring the country to its fiscal knees is to promote astronomically expensive feel-good boondoggle projects that will forever be a ball and chain around the ankles of the happless taxpayers financing their own ruin.


13 posted on 04/05/2012 11:34:41 AM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: BradtotheBone

in my experience, no one from Dallas ever wants to go to Houston.


14 posted on 04/05/2012 11:36:20 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: BradtotheBone

Actually, She’s only asking for the train. Houston has plenty of flying bullets!


15 posted on 04/05/2012 11:39:31 AM PDT by Arcy
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To: evets

Great pic!


16 posted on 04/05/2012 11:40:14 AM PDT by Arcy
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To: freedomlover
High speed rail has been considered many times between Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston and a third line between Houston and San Antonio. It was never found to economically feasible. To a liberal however, anything is economically feasible.

Sheila Jackson Lee just needs a bullet train to her next photo op.

17 posted on 04/05/2012 11:43:40 AM PDT by BaylorDad (I can't always buy American, but when I can, it's not UAW!)
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To: BradtotheBone
This from the moron who thought that US astronauts landed on Mars
18 posted on 04/05/2012 11:45:59 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: BaylorDad

Anything IS economically feasible.

If you can get somebody else to pay for it.


19 posted on 04/05/2012 12:03:08 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: BradtotheBone

Bullet train? She ought to be pressing for a brain transplant for herself. Her IQ is so low it’s not measurable.


20 posted on 04/05/2012 12:09:06 PM PDT by Harley (Will Rogers never met Harry Reid.)
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To: BradtotheBone

I’m all for it...but not with taxpayer’s money.


21 posted on 04/05/2012 12:10:30 PM PDT by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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To: BradtotheBone

WTF is it with libs and High Speed Trains?


22 posted on 04/05/2012 12:10:30 PM PDT by hattend (Jesus wants me to make churches pay for abortions. - Barack Obama)
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To: BradtotheBone

We already have a bullet train between Dallas and Houston, and several other cities in Texas. It is called Southwest Airlines, a private, and for now, profitable enterprise. I think they run about 25 flights a day, with about an hour flight time.

SJL, please explain why taxpayers need to waste money and seize private property, to build a gubmint choo choo that nobody will ride? I think a better use of taxpayer money is to invest it in solar power. I hear that the ROI is very strong in green energy.


23 posted on 04/05/2012 12:11:46 PM PDT by Kandy Atz ("Were we directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap, we should soon want for bread.")
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To: Buckeye McFrog
in my experience, no one from Dallas Houston ever wants to go to Dallas Houston

There Fixed it!.

24 posted on 04/05/2012 12:12:36 PM PDT by 1riot1ranger (OMG!!! ObamaMustGo!)
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To: BradtotheBone

I’ve said this before but it needs repeating - What is it about high speed rail and progressives? When has a large segment of the public ever demanded more high speed rail? And yet time and time again the subject comes up.

Why?

Yes, I know- unions and cronyism and so forth. But still, it does seem to hold some fascination with progressives. As if it’s an integral part of some master plan. Sooner or later it’s always there.


25 posted on 04/05/2012 12:12:49 PM PDT by servo1969
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To: Kandy Atz

Exactly

Same in California

North state to southern Cal in less than an hour on Southwest, leaving either every hour or every other hour.

Yet, the Loony libs want to spend a gazillion dollars for a high speed train between Bakersfield (where nobody wants to go) and San Francisco.

F’n libs and other people’s money.


26 posted on 04/05/2012 12:25:14 PM PDT by hattend (Jesus wants me to make churches pay for abortions. - Barack Obama)
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To: BradtotheBone

I hear she’s doing much of the design and engineering work herself!


27 posted on 04/05/2012 12:29:33 PM PDT by WayneM (Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe.)
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To: BradtotheBone

This is classic big government nonsense.

The only place where they might be a demand for this sort of thing is the northeast - where it is completely unaffordable.

You could probably build it in Texas, but no one will use it here.


28 posted on 04/05/2012 12:36:09 PM PDT by MyronCopacetic
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Not if I can help it. And definitely not in Summer.


29 posted on 04/05/2012 12:41:08 PM PDT by roostercashews
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To: hattend
WTF is it with libs and High Speed Trains?

They will provide massive amounts of union employment for ever and ever and ever and ever....
30 posted on 04/05/2012 12:46:47 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: 1riot1ranger

I had heard Dallas-Houston was a relationship a lot like Pittsburgh-Philadelphia.

Not particularly warm and fuzzy if you get my drift.


31 posted on 04/05/2012 12:48:03 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: servo1969
But still, it does seem to hold some fascination with progressives.

I've always thought it was just part of the herd mentality of the socialists. Feed the herd, move the herd, control the herd. Individuals need not attend.

32 posted on 04/05/2012 12:52:03 PM PDT by Bearshouse
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To: BradtotheBone

Oh, please-not that s*** again! Let Silly Jackson Lee and the foreign “officials” use Southwest Airlines like everyone else does-it is fast, privately owned and no doubt less expensive than government locomotive could ever be-remember Amtrak, anyone?


33 posted on 04/05/2012 12:53:05 PM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: BradtotheBone

Let’s first try to install a bullet train from Houston to Katy.


34 posted on 04/05/2012 12:55:09 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: hattend

Faster transport to the re-education camps.......


35 posted on 04/05/2012 1:01:22 PM PDT by sniper63 (If Obama pats himself on the back anymore, his shoulder will dislocate.....)
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To: BradtotheBone

Trains are a good example of 19th century technology. I thought these progressive cretins prided themselves on “Winning The Future”.

Maybe that’s not what WTF means


36 posted on 04/05/2012 1:13:54 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (I like Obamacare because Granny signed the will and I need the cash)
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To: BradtotheBone

“...safe and efficient transportation that can move people from one destination to another.”

I am so glad she “clarified” the transportation thing. Since it would be a government project, it is entirely possible that it might end up only moving people from one place back to the same place...the meaning of transportation notwithstanding.

I am still left with some concerns - when I have decided on my destinatin, I don’t want to be delivered to another destination.

What did she mean? Certainly she isn’t stupid enough to think transportation means something other than moving from one place to another, nor could she be stupid enough to think that when a person travels they start at their destination. She’s not THAT stupid, is she?


37 posted on 04/05/2012 1:15:17 PM PDT by GilesB
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To: BradtotheBone

Sure but only if the KEEP her in Dallas.


38 posted on 04/05/2012 1:20:05 PM PDT by Jaded (Really? Seriously?)
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To: MyronCopacetic

They already have the Acela train that runs from Portland to Boston to Providence to NYC to Philly to Baltimore and finally to DC.

The only people that ride it are people who live in the city where it is convienent to get to the station.

The only time I ever considered taking it was into NYC because it brings you into Penn Station(under Madison Square Garden) in midtown Mahattan. The main reason there is it is SO EXPENSIVE to park your car in NYC($45+ a day).


39 posted on 04/05/2012 1:22:22 PM PDT by woodbutcher1963
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To: BradtotheBone
Let's look at how the highest speed train service in the US today is doing. Let's consider the Acela line along the northeast corridor. I haven't looked yet but for fun, let's find a train leaving from Philly to DC at 11am and compare the transit time and cost to the equivalent regional line. give me a minute to look at the schedules.

Okay, I'm back. So there is an Acela that departs Philadelphia at 11:07am and arrives in DC at 12:45pm.

On the other hand, I could opt for the old-school, slow regional line. It leaves at 11:10am and arrives in DC at 1pm.

So the high end, high speed train gets me to DC 15 minutes earlier that the slow regional that makes twice as many stops? Bust!

40 posted on 04/05/2012 1:31:05 PM PDT by pepsi_junkie (Who is John Galt?)
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To: BradtotheBone
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee pressing for bullet train between Houston and Dallas

That's fine.

Build it out of gold-pressed latinum if you want.

WITH TEXAS MONEY.

Not a damn dime of Federal money should go to this boondoggle, or any other light rail project anywhere in the country.

We are fresh out of Federal money, and are now paying our interest payments with income taxes, while we borrow more and more and more.

41 posted on 04/05/2012 1:49:02 PM PDT by backwoods-engineer (I will vote against ANY presidential candidate who had non-citizen parents.)
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To: BradtotheBone
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee pressing for bullet train between Houston and Dallas

Uhh....

Maybe somebody should explain to her that that does NOT mean "Blacks only, free bullets provided."

42 posted on 04/05/2012 1:58:38 PM PDT by Publius6961 (It’s easy to make phony promises you can’t keep. - Obama, Feb23, 2012)
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To: hattend
WTF is it with libs and High Speed Trains?

Pssst.
Welfare "employment."
Unions.

And control over people who eventually rely on it.

43 posted on 04/05/2012 2:02:00 PM PDT by Publius6961 (It’s easy to make phony promises you can’t keep. - Obama, Feb23, 2012)
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To: GilesB
nor could she be stupid enough to think that when a person travels they start at their destination. She’s not THAT stupid, is she?

Yes and yes.

You forgot all your ebonics, fool?

44 posted on 04/05/2012 2:07:45 PM PDT by Publius6961 (It’s easy to make phony promises you can’t keep. - Obama, Feb23, 2012)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
That's right.....they're pissed because Houstonians don't regard them as Texans.
45 posted on 04/05/2012 2:17:15 PM PDT by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

in my experience, no one from Dallas ever wants to go to Houston.”

And we certainly don’t want to go to Dallas - so there!


46 posted on 04/05/2012 3:26:43 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Clara Lou
If Sheila is for it, I’m agin’ it.

Having been stationed in Europe and Japan, I've been interested in high-speed passenger rail in Texas for years - Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and Austin.

But I'm opposed to anything Jackson Lee gets involved with, and at this point, the airlines will not allow high speed rail in Texas. Anybody who thinks they can get around the airlines and their lobbyists is high on something.

With all of the security bullsh!t these days, flying commercial between Houston and Dallas would take far longer than even some of the lower-speed high-speed rail systems.
47 posted on 04/05/2012 4:38:13 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: BradtotheBone
(Background singing in hushed tones...)

'Monorail...monorail...monorail...'

48 posted on 04/05/2012 4:45:36 PM PDT by Fedupwithit ("Live free or Die: Death is not the worst of evils" - Gen. John Stark)
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To: Fedupwithit
HIGH-SPEED TRAIN_2
49 posted on 04/05/2012 5:14:13 PM PDT by BobP (The piss-stream media - Never to be watched again in my house)
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To: BradtotheBone

I am offended a liberal is using the word “bullet” not in its proper context.


50 posted on 04/05/2012 6:09:30 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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