Damn The Debt, High Speed Ahead!

Another journey to the Liberal Reality Twilight Zone.

Political Cartoons by Glenn Foden

What do you do when you State budget debt is $400 billion dollars and you’re a Liberal?


And you WANT a cool new toy.

You do it anyways. On a strictly party line vote, no less.

Which is not much less than the amount of indebtedness ($497,900,000,000.00) California owes in unfunded liabilities to the pension and health benefits plans of its current and retired workers.

So between them you are approaching a half  TRILLION Dollars in debt and obligations that totally unpayable but you want a new toy anyways.

So what do you do if you’re a liberal?





You build an unnecessary High Speed Train! That’s what!

The Democrats and their union puppet masters have shown the country that denial, stupidity and a willful disregard for basic economics are fully deployed in adding to California’s already astronomical debt service.  This is the same state where the bathrooms in the state parks lack toilet paper due to state funding cuts. (American Thinker)

The total estimated cost for the Los Angeles to San Francisco rail ride is expected to exceed $98 billion. And you know that will balloon out of sight.

During the two-hour debate, supporters countered that they had a responsibility to look beyond today’s fiscal challenges and vote yes for what they said would be a short-term boost to jobs and local transit systems, and a long-term investment in the state. Some referenced bold public works projects of the past; Sen. Michael Rubio, D-Bakersfield, compared it to President Abraham Lincoln’s pursuit of the Transcontinental Railroad.

Shameless aren’t they…

“In the era of term limits, how many chances do we have to vote on something this important and long lasting? How many chances do we have to vote on something that will inject a colossal stimulus into today’s economy while looking into the future far beyond our days in this house?” said Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento. “Do we have the ability to see beyond the challenges, the political point-scoring and controversies of today? Are we willing to take some short-term risk, knowing that the benefit to this great state will be, for centuries, enormous?”

Trains last for centuries? Really…And so what if we are $400 Billion in debt lets just Spend Even more!!!

The cost of the high-speed rail line – now estimated at $68 billion – has ballooned since voters approved the bonds four years ago, and public support for the bullet train has fallen as projected costs rose.

Critics have derided it as a “train to nowhere,” and many farmers in the Central Valley are angry about plans to seize some farmland and homes to make way for the bullet train.  (SFgate)

Farm land!!!! What will the Delta Smelt think! 🙂

And they still want to  build one from an 1 hour side of LA to Vegas!

One dissenter, Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, said public support had waned for the project, and there were too many questions about financing to complete it.

“Is there additional commitment of federal funds? There is not. Is there additional commitment of private funding? There is not. Is there a dedicated funding source that we can look to in the coming years? There is not,” Simitian said.

But it’s a Cool new toy! 🙂

The Keystone XL project was envisioned to transport crude oil from the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin to delivery points in Oklahoma and Texas.  The proposed $7 billion project would create tens of thousands of American jobs and supplant a significant portion of crazy-country oil supplies with 830,000 barrels per day of friendly, Canadian crude.
In short, the primary motivator for building Keystone is profitable delivery of a local energy resource.  The primary motivator for building the California bullet train is that it would be really cool. (townhall)
And fits with the Liberal vision and version of reality.
But dear this one over here is much better for everyone.
This is the Liberal reality. Just not actual reality.
But the good news:
There will be a number of lawsuits filed against the project based on a lack of comprehensive environmental impact studies along the 130-mile route. We can savor quite a delicious payback of sorts for the Democrats, who gleefully destroyed the lumber and mining industries of California through politically motivated environmental over regulation.

And no federal funds. So when this turkey dries up for being over baked the California Taxpayers will be left eating the dead carcass.

Like the old joke about a busload of lawyers on the ocean floor, it’s a fine start.

Unless we elect a Republican President along with a Republican House and Senate this November, we cannot derail this high-speed boondoggle at the federal level. We must contribute our time, money and passion to have a chance for a convincing victory.

Because one thing about the Granola State (where everything is either a fruit, a nut , or a flake) is that it’s like a communicable disease for the rest of Liberalism countrywide and we don’t need the High Speed Rail Flu to go along with our ObamaCare now do we! 🙂

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

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