Brown Still Wants Magic Unicorn Train
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  • Jacksonian Libertarian

    I forget where I read it, but there is supposedly only one High Speed Rail line in the world that operates in the black, it is in France and runs between Paris and Lyon. All the others are massively subsidized.

  • standfast24

    Brown lacks courage to kill this disaster in the making, but too many Dems still live in the make believe world of unlimited revenue.
    Plus, Brown (like all Dems) are owned by labor, greens and other special interests.

  • Bekah

    Don’t you think all this rhetoric is starting to get just a little overdramatic? While I must say I appreciate the loving attention that this blog tends to shower on my state, refering to California–the wealthiest and most populous state in the union, the nation’s largest center of agriculture by far, and the world’s eigth largest economy on its own–as a ‘corpse’ seems like a bit much.

    Yes, its politics are depressingly dysfunctional; yes, it has become polarized to a depth to which even Congress can only dream of sinking; and yes, it has corruption, politicking, special interest groups, and plain stupidity in abundance. California is a big state: it comes with big problems. But writing it off as a failed experiment because these problems tend to be centered on this blog’s pet peeves of powerful unions and starry-eyed greens seems a little premature. There are plenty of other states with similar problems; California’s are, yes, more dramatic (it is, after all, a dramatic state), but it is hardly alone in its economic and structural woes. And yes, these issues will likely damage its health for many years, if not decades, to come: bad policy has bad results, who would have thought? (Though luckily for the state, it is not, like Greece, its own country, and will have the federal government to fall back on in the same way that poorer states–often funded by Californian taxes–have been doing for the past two centuries.) But it is hardly going to fall off the ledge of Nevada into the Pacific in the meantime; you shouldn’t believe everything you hear about earthquakes. Forest fires are an awful natural disaster, but they are unlikely to engulf the state in a single hellish conflagration, leaving nothing behind but ash and green lipstick cases; and outside this scenario, I have trouble seeing how California is going to become the lifeless ‘corpse’ you so generously describe.

    Perhaps in the future this blog could consider taking a slightly less contemptuous and possibly even constructive approach to these problems. Perhaps you could even take into account a few of the state’s still-existing strengths: its agriculture, its entertainment industry, its tech and information industries (assuming Silicon Valley is not yet underwater), even its tourism (which, oddly–being something that makes money–has tended to be helped, rather than hurt, by the state’s business-killing environmental policies). Of course, your own past suggestions have naturally been far more practical than the Dems’ silly environmentalist dream of high-speed rail. (Does high speed rail even exist, honestly? Or does it require the clapped hands of countless small children to keep from vanishing in a puff of green fairy dust? Thanks to this article, I now have my doubts.)

    For example, the idea of splitting the state up in two is such a straightforward and quickly-attainable goal; the political will for such a small-reaching event is obviously easily gathered, will take very little effort, and in the meantime is hardly likely to generate much in the way of cultural and political dysfunction throughout the extremely simple process of secession. (As the next step, both Californias could perhaps also declare their joint secession from the North American continent, finally cut themselves free from the oppression of a landlocked border, and take to sea–maybe join the Somalians in a life of dashing and environmentally friendly piracy.)

    Or, alternately, you could offer a few suggestions as to the best way of dissuading an old man with a hard job from building an expensive train.

    Seriously, it’s not Atlantis over here. We popped a housing bubble, got stuck in a nation-wide recession, and have a crappy political system. Oh, and we’re a big fan of getting state services without paying the taxes for them: perhaps a result of our latest test-scores in mathematics. Luckily, however, my meteorologist friend says this is unlikely to cause a tidal wave anytime soon.

    At any rate, if worst comes to worse and God does descend on us in all His biblical wrath, I look forward to the extremely accurate article that is sure to follow on this blog. When you then call the state a ‘corpse,’ I solemnly promise not to utter a word of complaint (being, in all likelihood, a corpse myself at that point–but hey, let’s not get morbid here).

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