The Governor of California wants to not build the massive high-speed rail as it was proposed, and keep the money the feds gave towards the project. That’s not how this works.
The high-speed rail system in California was going to be the envy of the nation. It was going to revolutionize how Californians traveled within their state. It was going to be sleek, and cool, and would shuttle passengers from Los Angeles to San Francisco in just 2.5 hours at speeds of 220 mph. The Deep Blue state was going to be a leader in ‘green’ travel, but it’s all falling apart, for the very same reasons that critics had expected it would. It was plagued by delays, soaring costs, lack of transparency, however, was staunchly supported by Democrats and unions — but I repeat myself. Critics are calling it the ‘Bullet Train to Nowhere’.
During the State of the State address, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the long-anticipated high-speed rail project will be cut by a good 80 percent. The reasons? Cost and time. Gov. Newsom says that the project would ‘cost too much and, respectfully, take too long‘ to implement. The cost ballooned from $13 billion to $77 billion or possibly $98.1 billion. (There’s also the issue of it being completely unfeasible due to mountains and fault lines, but Gov. Newsom doesn’t mention that part.)
This announcement of the massive cut comes hot on the heels of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s bungled roll-out of her ‘Green New Deal’, a proposal that she put forward in the House is so insane that it included the elimination of air travel, the internal combustion engine, and cows, along with not-so-veiled proposals for all-out communism. Included in the proposal is a renewed reliance on rail travel as a ‘green’ option to eliminate the need for planes.
Despite the cost and time problems, Governor Newsom is determined to implement some portion of the plan because billions of dollars have already been spent. He also doesn’t want to pay back the federal government the 3.5 billion that was allocated for the 520-mile rail line connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco. The project has been scaled back to just 119-mile line from Merced to Bakersfield.
Watch Cali Gov. Gavin Newsom drop a wet blanket on the $77 billion high-speed rail project:
During the speech, Newsom said:
Abandoning high-speed rail entirely means we will have wasted billions and billions of dollars with nothing but broken promises, partially filled commitments and lawsuits to show for it.
And by the way, I am not interested in sending $3.5 billion in federal funding that was allocated to this project back to Donald Trump.
– Gov. Newsom, State of the State Address, Feb. 12, 2019.
As you can well imagine, President Trump didn’t take kindly to that:
California has been forced to cancel the massive bullet train project after having spent and wasted many billions of dollars. They owe the Federal Government three and a half billion dollars. We want that money back now. Whole project is a “green” disaster!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2019
He isn’t wrong.
California taxpayers are out over $10 billion and federal taxpayers are out $3.5 billion with no trains yet running.
The Cali Governor responded to the President’s tweet by calling it ‘fake news’:
Fake news. We’re building high-speed rail, connecting the Central Valley and beyond.
This is CA’s money, allocated by Congress for this project. We’re not giving it back.
The train is leaving the station — better get on board!
(Also, desperately searching for some wall $$??) https://t.co/9hxEfEX8Vm
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) February 14, 2019
Watch the Fox News coverage:
This high-speed rail boondoggle was just another example of the Democrats wasting taxpayer dollars on an unfeasible project that they pushed to fit their ideology. There was no transparency and the costs were allowed to soar.
The Obama administration had kicked in $3.5 billion for what was essentially going to be high-speed rail system in one state and nobody batted an eye. The cost rose from $13 billion to nearly $100 billion for a freaking system of rail in just one state! I don’t recall Sen. Nancy Pelosi(D-CA) talking about the ‘waste’ or the morality of the decision.
President Trump wants $5.7 billion for a border wall and everyone is going insane.
Cali needs to give back that cash because the project that they are planning on completing isn’t the one that was proposed.
Democrats need to just fund the wall, too. After all, we’ve been told that ‘elections have consequences’ and we just need to win an election to get our policy positions to move forward.
Well, Donald J. Trump is President of the United States and the pillar of his platform was a border wall.
Democrats need to just deal with the fact that the election has been over for more than 2 years — and they lost.
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