Back when my parents took us to Disneyworld as a kid, I thought the monorail was the coolest thing. I recall we stayed in this hotel where the elevated track came right into the lobby. I was convinced this was the future and should serve as transportation everywhere–not just in theme parks.
Well, it seems some folks just haven’t shaken their childhood fascination with such projects, especially when they can get others to pay for them. Our governor, as blogger Tyler Durden informs us, has decided “that the most insolvent state in America should proceed… with a high-speed rail project.” He quotes this from the Sacramento Bee:
Gov. Jerry Brown said this afternoon that California’s embattled high-speed rail project should move forward, despite growing criticism about the project’s management and cost.
While the nation is in a “period of massive retrenchment,” Brown told The Fresno Bee’s editorial board, “I would like to be part of the group that gets America to think big again.”
The Democratic governor has said little publicly about the project since it came under fire this year in Sacramento, with cost estimates rising and lawmakers questioning its oversight. The project, to connect San Francisco and Los Angeles, was once expected to cost about $43 billion, a figure the California High-Speed Rail Authority is expected to update this fall.
Emphasis added. Um, Jer, considering the state’s fiscal woes, don’t you want to wait on those updated figures before signing off on the project?
And why, may I ask, is it that when Democrats “think big,” they do by imagining appropriating other peoples’ money — or spending funds they just don’t have?
NB: Tweaked the title.