|The Declarer (Floyd McWilliams' Blog)|
Thursday, January 27, 2011
State of the Union Address:
Within 25 years, our goal is to give 80 percent of Americans access to high-speed rail. (Applause.) This could allow you to go places in half the time it takes to travel by car. For some trips, it will be faster than flying -- without the pat-down. (Laughter and applause.) As we speak, routes in California and the Midwest are already underway.
95 percent of Americans currently enjoy access to high-speed automobiles, which they can use to drive to airports to board high-speed airplanes. The only need high-speed rail serves is the need of the Democratic Party to shovel tens of billions more dollars at labor unions and bureaucrats. The "routes in California" Obama referred to are not "underway" -- no track will be laid until late 2012. And as was reported last December, the Party Favored By Intellectuals decided that the high-speed rail would begin and end in two tiny California towns. Typical government program in the Obama era: A tiny number of people get the benefit, a large number of taxpayers get the shaft.
(And don't give me this "without the pat-down" nonsense. Trains are hassle-free only because no one rides them. If trains ever do become popular, you will see the lines and intrusive X-rays and baggage searches soon enough.)