Another journey to the Liberal Reality Twilight Zone.
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?
BUT MOMMY I WANT MY THAT NEW TRAIN SET!!!
I WANT IT!
I WANT IT!
I WANT IT!
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! 🙂
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.
NOVEMBER IS COMING