California Nails Its Blue Colors To The Mast
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  • Lightwave

    What happens when right-thinking Californians are out there resisting the train by whatever means necessary?

    No, Democrat [nogoodniks] will take the billions and run. No high speed train will ever run, ever sell a ticket, ever go a single mile on the track. The project will never exist. $70 billion will become $250 billion, then bankruptcy.

    Then the other 49 states will be told we have to pay, at which point we’ll tell California you’re on your own and no longer part of the US. It will be necessary and it’ll be a long stretch of border to close down for Nevada, Arizona and Oregon.

    I give it ten years at most.

  • For those unaware of our geography, this train segment will go from one minor city to an even smaller one. Because of the cost (initially projected at – and accepted by the voters at – $8B, though now the gov says $68B, and most engineering professionals say $100B+), it won’t be “high speed” at all as it will be forced to use – and to share – current AMTRAK & freight rails.

    The unemployment in Central Valley it is hoped by the state Dems it will solve, was caused by the state Dems by turning off the water to some of the most productive farmland in the world, causing enormous unemployment & fiscal dislocation, especially among Hispanic workers, and basically turning the Valley into a Third World country with garbage, tapped electrical wires, huts made of cardboard – much like the outskirts of Caracas, Venezuela when I was there in 1974.

    And since the voters approved a $8B bond to build a 140mph train between SF and LA in order to cut traffic and make travel easier, but now will get a $100B train running 50-70mph between Bakersfield & Modesto, every dime of this is just payola.

    Democrats – destroying everything they touch.

  • Jacksonian Libertarian

    “Nothing else in California state government seems to be working very well; perhaps this complex and expensive project will be an exception.”

    Don’t spoil your appetite, we are having Unicorn for dinner, as soon as I go hunt one down.

  • John

    As a Progressive I high and exceedingly rational hopes for high-speed rail, just as I do for California’s innovative state-sponsored unicorn farms and pushmi-pullyu eco-friendly energy plants. In fact, from a rational point of view, my hopes are marginally higher for the latter, since they have slightly smaller up-front capital requirements and a slightly higher chance of a net-positive return on investment, as noted by BBC news (here, a pushmi-pullyu is shown consulting with a representative of the California Democratic Party, http://news.bbc.co.uk/nol/shared/spl/hi/pop_ups/07/uk_enl_1190200819/img/1.jpg).

  • TradCathPhilProf

    At some point, surely, the interest rates they’ll have to offer on the bonds to sell them will just flat out price California out of the market. Investors will be highly suspicious of the state’s ability to repay its debt and will drive the bonds into junk status. If it really does cost this much, I can’t imagine they they’ll actually be able to do it.

  • James Lane

    I like Jerry Brown and voted for him (what was the alternative?), but I knew from his past record that he doesn’t always show good judgment. I expected he would do something like this. He’s still true to character.

  • Mick The Reactionary

    @Alex Scipio

    “The unemployment in Central Valley … was caused by the state Dems by turning off the water to some of the most productive farmland in the world, causing enormous unemployment & fiscal dislocation, especially among Hispanic workers, and basically turning the Valley into a Third World country with garbage, tapped electrical wires, huts made of cardboard ”

    Central Valley was the Third World before water was turned off. If you have a piece of land settled by the Third World people, why you expect it will look different from their villages in home country? You should not and it does not.
    Read Victor Davis Hanson’s Mexifornia, http://www.amazon.com/Mexifornia-Becoming-Victor-Davis-Hanson/dp/1893554732.

    I would bet $100 that 80% of unemployed agri-workers in Central Valley (unemployment rate 20%) are are illegal immigrants.
    I guess Democratic Marxists in Assembly don’t
    care for them, Mexicans.

    Instead of train boondoggle, money would be much better spent on giving every illegal immigrant in Central Valley and their family members all expenses paid scholarship for any trade or college or university in Mexico. A one time generous allowance for moving expenses should be included also.

    Of course Demorats will fight the departure of their undocumented voters tooth and nail. Repubics are too whimpy to even entertain crimethink.

  • boozy

    This state of which I am a citizen of desperately need to be divided…not north and south, but east and west…I live in the eastern portion which holds a huge majority of very conservative people…all the destruction of this state is coming from the western portion…completely 2 different states combined into one state…

  • Mick The Reactionary

    @Lightwave

    “The project will never exist. $70 billion will become $250 billion, then bankruptcy.”

    Unless 100% of the boondoggle financing comes from the Uncle Sugar, CA will have to sell some bonds. It is very possible that Demo-Marxists in Sacramento will not be able to sell bonds, bond market is a cold-hearted realist.

    By way of analogy, say Detroit major decide to build comparable boondoggle, will he/she able to sell bonds?

    May be, at 39% per annum.

  • Bob Lucas

    California: bang, or whimper?

  • John Stephens

    Why would ANY sane person lend California another dime?

  • thibaud

    #10 – Not with a wimp, but a bankster.

  • Otiose

    The first of the bonds will probably sell and maybe some small piece of the line will get built.

    Just in time to commemorate the end of the decades long credit bubble that built the blue model – a high speed train leading from nowhere to nowhere with no passengers.

    Perhaps after the bankruptcy of CA the train can be turned into a museum to teach young people the dangers of borrowing to live beyond your means.

    Or perhaps a concrete example of what happens when socialists finally run out of other people’s money.

  • nraendowment

    I think it’s time to split California into two states, one infested with illegal aliens, socialist politicians and takers and moochers (the Bay Area and L.A.) and the other state will consist of the rest of the state, which is predominantly sane and conservative. It’s terrible that one of the most beautiful places on the planet is being run into the ground by a group of mentally defective Socialist politicians.

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