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  • Posted by  $  jbrenner 1 month, 1 week ago
    Maybe we can send Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on this high speed rail to meet Ma Chalmers. They can both be stranded together.
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    • Posted by term2 1 month ago
      I think the dems are pushing AOC to be on the fringe so as to soften up our citizens so that O'Rourke or Biden can come in more "reasonably" but still socialist. Its a plot to turn USA into venezuela. I do notice the leftists dont come down on Maduro- maybe they just want to have the power he does right here.
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  • Posted by DrZarkov99 1 month ago
    Governor Newsome kind of backtracked today, saying the state will complete the first element, from Merced to Bakersfield. I think he's doing that just to hang onto the Federal money, because that route makes absolutely zero sense as a mass transit corridor. The reason they chose that route to start was to avoid lots of court time fighting property owners over a Los Angeles to San Francisco line.

    A better route would have been a Los Angeles to Las Vegas line, and I have no doubt the casino crowd would have invested.
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  • Posted by  $  allosaur 1 month ago
    Me dino thought these United States would be crisscrossed with bulleting zoom zoom solar-paneled choo-choos by the time we got rid of airplanes and tore down every last building to build it back up again in accordance to environmental specs just 12 years from now to keep the world from ending then.
    Me dino will turn 72 next month and was hoping to live to see all that miraculous stuff. Why? Because we were once able to go zoom zoom to the moon, that's why.
    Now I'll see the world end instead! Hey, that's not fair!
    How can I be buried if the world ends before everyone is too dead to provide me a decent funeral?
    And if I do get buried, who is gonna be around to mow the lawn at the pretty cemetery I've already picked out?
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  • Posted by  $  Solver 1 month, 1 week ago
    Looks like California would’ve bankrupted itself before the “end of the world” as predicted in less than 12 years.
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    • Posted by BCRinFremont 1 month ago
      “....California would’ve bankrupted itself...”. CA is already bankrupt!
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      • Posted by Blanco 1 month ago
        Yes, California is for all practical purposes bankrupt, and I suspect it will be painfully obvious when we have the next (severe) recession. However, is it anymore bankrupt than the Federal government? A trillion borrowed here and a trillion borrowed there, and soon you're talking about some real money.
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        • Posted by BCRinFremont 1 month ago
          The Federal Government has many, many trillions of $ of assets to balance debt. Federal land in Alaska alone could probably cover the deficit, if sold....but there are few good options for buyers...
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      • Posted by term2 1 month ago
        Not really bankrupt yet. They are still functioning and there is a LOT of wealth there that can still be tapped to fund socialist plans. Not enough though to pay for useless trains that could only run on solar energy during the day if AOC gets her way.

        What about people heating their homes with natural gas- I guess that goes away too.
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  • Posted by chad 1 month ago
    This scheme has never worked without massive subsidies which is always a good indication that it will never work. The only people capable of pulling off such an incredible scam is the government who can use violence to make you participate whether you want to or not. I doubt if enough investors could have been dredged up to get this boondockle off the drawing boards.
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    • Posted by 1 month ago
      I agree with that. I had many "discussions" with pro-high speed rail people when Gov. Walker in Wisconsin killed the high speed project in the state. My reply is always, "If it's such a good idea, why don't you get private companies and individuals to invest their own money to build it? Is there anything stopping the Private sector from doing it ? Other than they know it's not profitable and will cost WAY TOO MUCH."... The response is crickets...
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  • Posted by BCRinFremont 1 month ago
    Just guessing here, in lieu of the non-existance of a truthful California Balance Sheet. My guess is that CA would have to sell every asset on the books to cover its liabilities....including state parks and the city of Sacramento.
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  • Posted by  $  CaptainKirk 1 month ago
    For the record. I am (overall) for a high speed rail system crossing our country.

    Most people don't realize that the Auto Industry took controlling interest of the rails, BEGGED the government to regulate them to death, an made sure that we went with individual vehicles.

    I am shocked when I visit Russia and see how few people have cars. they have no place to park them. They walk. KIOSKS show up close to them. Society finds a way. But NOW they are building a High Speed rail all the way through to China, with China. Imagine if they built the nuclear power plants to power them CHEAPLY, and what happens next?

    IMO Russia and China are going to eat our lunch. If they ALLY against us, we can be squeezed out of Europe. Russia has the nukes, China has the sheer numbers.
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  • Posted by  $  CaptainKirk 1 month ago
    Well, its time for Captain AOC to come to the rescue. Maybe she can blame using STEEL instead of plastic straws (she has a source of them just floating in the oceans, the size of Texas, which, cannot be seen by any satellites).
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  • Posted by  $  Thoritsu 1 month ago
    Of course it was a success. We put 1,100 people to work for 12 minutes...
    ...oh, but gave all the profit to Germany...

    They could've gone half the way to a 355 ship Navy with than money.
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  • Posted by redison 1 month ago
    I think that the Federal Government should sue California for the 3+Billion given for program be returned and all future work should be only state funds. It is certainly a waste of money and would require federal and state subsidies forever.
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  • Posted by  $  WilliamShipley 1 month, 1 week ago
    They are still finishing the link between Merced and Bakersfield. This will cost 1.6 billion and they are finishing it to keep 3.5 billion in federal money for the project.

    It's currently a 3 hour train trip that costs $27. I'm not sure how much time they'll cut off that and exactly how many passengers will be flowing between Merced and Bakersfield.
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