High-speed fail

At a Springfield press conference last Thursday, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood said that there would be high speed rail service between Chicago and St. Louis within five years, proving the old adage that it’s better to keep one’s mouth shut and be thought a fool than open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.

This came as complete surprise to pretty much everyone in the world (the rail part, not the fool part).  We’re allegedly getting some kind of fast rail sometime, but even that’s years out.  No one had mentioned 160 mph train service before it apparently lept from LaHood’s fertile imagination and out across his lips.  Normally, those type of projects require sundry things, like a plan, budgets, surveys, environmental studies, engineering work, site acquisition work, etc. after they’re approved that take years before construction even begins, which takes more years still.

But according to Secretary LaHood, this is all going to happen, idea to turnkey, in five years.  I don’t know if he’s measuring that five years from when he thought of it, which must have been recently, or from when Illinois’ congressional representatives were informed about the idea, including Senator Dick Durbin, who apparently heard about it for the first time in the next day’s paper.

He then went on to brag that the Department of Transportation has spent $48 billion over the last two years and created 65,000 jobs.  Or just a tad under $370 thousand per year per job.  Illustrating once again why, as a Republican,  he’s always been the go-to guy when someone tries to say that only Democrats are profligate big government boosters who never met a problem they couldn’t turn into a disaster.

According to the story, he got a bit testy when asked about studies showing the whole high-speed rail program to be the boondoggle that it is, and stated that “I’ve had a front-row seat in making history.”

Considering where this train wreck is headed, one can only hope.


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3 Responses to High-speed fail

  1. Amy Dungan says:

    A Budget? What’s a budget? I’m not sure Illinois politicians know the meaning of that word. Maybe he’s counting in biblical years – so it will really be like 182,000 years before it’s done. (Makes sense. Most politicians think they are God. LOL)

    You’re right. LaHood was a long-time U.S. Congressman for a district around Peoria, Illinois before becoming a federal bureaucrat, so he’s had lots of practice just making stuff up on the fly without having a clue of the realities involved.

    If you look up RINO (Republican in Name Only) in the dictionary, it’s got his picture next to the definition. He quite the House after the Republicans got their heads handed to them in 2008, and they decided they were going to have to start acting like they believed all of that small government stuff they use to trick people into voting for them. He didn’t have the stomach for it, so he took the job with the Obama administration so he could keep flushing billions of dollars down the drain with his Democrat buddies.

  2. TomNaughtonsNose says:

    Your blog sucks and you’re living in the shadow of your younger brother…LOL. I bet your butt really smells right now too.

    Wow — my first Troll! Thanks for caring.

    — JN

  3. Payne says:

    How do you respond to the leftist claim that it was because of a LACK of adequate government oversight and regulation that each of those financial catastrophes occurred? Mr. Naughton, don’t you know that those financial scandals only happened because our wise overlords did not have enough authority to regulate and prevent them from occurring in the first place?

    At $14.5 trillion in the hole and counting, I’m not sure how much more government those folks would like to buy.

    As a matter of fact, I just finished reading Reckless Endangerment, which is a breathtaking analysis of the entire housing/banking meltdown. I knew all of these people (government/banks/Fannie/Freddie, etc) were in bed together, but this book has the whole thing laid out in detail.

    I’d recommend it for anyone who wants some insight into how government regulatory agencies are always and everywhere captured by the the industry they’re supposedly protecting us poor schmucks from.


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