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Video || Obama’s High Speed Rail Boondoggle

by Keith Koffler on March 26, 2013, 10:16 pm

Well, at least CNN hasn’t become MSNBC just yet.

I thought you might want to see this report by America’s original cable news outlet on the $12 billion has been spent by Obama on his high-speed rail pipe dream.

You guessed it. Not a single piece of track for high-speed rail has been laid down yet. Some trains have been made a little bit faster.

As this report notes, $800 million of federal money was sent to Washington State to reduce the train ride between Seattle and Portland by ten minutes.

I don’t think you have to be a Jeffersonian advocate of states rights to wonder WHY IN THE WORLD THE REST OF THE UNITED STATES IS PAYING TO MAKE TRAINS A LITTLE FASTER IN WASHINGTON STATE.

Here’s a screen shot from the video, which shows Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in Washington State talking about the project. Note how his head is inadvertently positioned to block out the “H” in the U.S. High Speed Rail acronym, resulting a new acronym that suggests something closer to reality.

Screen Shot 2013-03-26 at 10.10.22 PM

Here’s the CNN report by Anderson Cooper:

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WNY_ROC March 26, 2013 at 10:29 pm

The screen shot says it all. My House of Representative Louise slaughter is one of those supporters of this boondoggle. Where is the outrage? The inmates are running the asylum.

Susan March 26, 2013 at 11:04 pm

My sympathies, WNY_ROC. The first I heard of that dingbat Louise Slaughter was during the Obamacare debacle. She told some cockamamie story about one of her constituents who was so poor she had to wear her dead sister’s teeth.

Maybe we’re all suffering from outrage overload. It numbs the senses the way the government perpetually assaults our culture, our liberties, and our way of life. They keep us constantly moving from one crisis to another without a chance to catch our breath.

srdem65 March 27, 2013 at 12:54 am

Amen to that, Susan.

Otis Driftwood March 26, 2013 at 10:48 pm

Am loving it! The above funding was awarded in 12/2010.

“Wisconsin Gov.-elect Scott Walker campaigned against a Madison-to-Milwaukee rail line, which would have received $810 million, as a waste of taxpayer money. Walker also said he didn’t want to commit the state to annual operating subsidies once the line was complete, although the project’s supporters predicted it would make money.” Plus, they wanted WI to add additional offset $$$ to pay for part of the rail system. The state was in the budget hole, and he made a tough decision. It was the right one.

So the money taken away from Ohio and WI was sent to other states, a good chunk of it to CA. Where we have this fine example of Democratic BS -

“Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California said, “No other state is as ready, as able, or as determined to develop a high-speed rail system in the near future.” (Shovel Ready??? – where have we heard that before)

“California is working toward the construction of a system that would extend some 800 miles, linking Sacramento and San Francisco to San Diego. Construction is expected to begin in late 2012.”

Well here it is 2013, and Cali has been awarded $632M, and they MAY break ground next month. There is still 1 court case awaiting trial on blocking the work by Madera farmers. Current estimate cost for this boondoggle in a state so far in the hole for $$$ – $69 Billion.

H/T to HP and MercuryNews.. plus living in WI lol

TimW March 27, 2013 at 11:07 am

Being an ex Cali resident I guarantee that the price will exceed $100 billion and will take 10 years longer than projected. The lawsuits are just ramping up, the unions are licking their chops and the Democrats who run the state have some serious graft to complete.

Barkleypontree March 26, 2013 at 11:43 pm

My dad was a 35 year exec w/Rock island RR and told me one time that passenger service was never profitable for RR. The gov forced them to provide it in exchange for track rights, they moved soldiers in ww1 and ww2 at a loss and while the gov built highways and airports in the 50′s and 60′s the RR were forced to continue to operate passenger service with some trains losing over a million bucks a trip. That is why so many RR went bankrupt in the 60′s70′s and 80′s.

If high speed rail were a moneymaker, private companies would build it, but since you can fly on SW just about anywhere, people won’t take the trains

Sadie March 27, 2013 at 6:19 am

The Great Train Robbery and the robber barons of the 21st century starring the Boys in “LaHood”. LaHood’s other screen credits include “Cash for Clunkers”.

Reading the news is like watching a train wreck. (((sigh)))

WNY_ROC March 27, 2013 at 8:12 am

Too punny! ;-)

Frank March 27, 2013 at 8:12 am

And on it goes……………..

cincycinco March 27, 2013 at 8:29 am

What IS it about dicators and trains? Is it some kind of fetish you get when you amass too much power?

“While the Italian rail service did improve during the early portion of Mussolini’s rule (World War 2 rather interrupted the latter part), the improvements were more to do with people who pre-dated Mussolini than anything changed by his government. Even then, the trains didn’t always run on time.” –

And, that’s the usual result. Millions wasted, trains still late. Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.

Here in Cincinnati, we have a very similiar situation with a mayor that Obama visited with frequently during the campaign who’s like a “Mini-Me” to him. He got elected mainly on his apparent race, he’s a petty socialist dictator, and he constantly funds public works projects even while underfunding pension funds and flirting with bankruptcy. HIS personal fetish is – a streetcar! Like a small scale train for a small scale Obama. He’s so fixiated on this 3 miles of track, he’s going to sell our city’s multi-million dollar parking operations off to fund it, and taking the utility to court with public money to try to force them to pay to move pipes they otherwise would not have moved.

It’s some kind of disease with these guys, and apparently a love of rail is a symptom!

Guillermo Grande March 27, 2013 at 9:43 am

“As this report notes, $800 billion of federal money was sent to Washington State to reduce the train ride between Seattle and Portland by ten minutes.” Is this supposed to be $800M? even so, that comes out to about half million per mile of track. Who is John Galt?

Susan March 27, 2013 at 11:22 am

The CNN report says $800 million of our tax dollars were sent to Washington state for high speed rail. No doubt most of that money lined the pockets of many bureaucrats and crony capitalists. It is truly sickening how much graft and corruption there is in politics today.

Julie Brueckheimer March 27, 2013 at 10:44 am

Boondoggle seems to inadequate a term for the loss of $12 billion. A boondoggle is a Keystone Cops series of ludicrous missteps. And not a segment of rail laid down. I’d say much of this money went to corporate cronies with kickbacks for Obama’s reelection. That’s how Chicago politics work.

Julie Brueckheimer March 27, 2013 at 10:46 am


Susan March 27, 2013 at 11:27 am

Political graft and corruption didn’t start with Obama, but he sure did jump on the high speed rail to get his “fair share” of the loot.

movedtothefarm March 27, 2013 at 11:16 am

Wow – I am still amazed that CNN actually reported something against the administration.