Party of No Says “NO” to High Speed Rail
The newly elected congressional teabaggers are creaming all over themselves in their frenzy to delete funding for job creation and infrastructure projects. Their top priority: yanking away $2 billion (it was part of that commie stimulus package) from California’s high speed rail project. Job creation and mass transit — the two things Republicans hate most.
It’s part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Rescission Act, introduced last week by Rep. Jerry Lewis (R—Troglodyte). This bill would return $12 billion — the amount of the federal stimulus that hasn’t been spent yet — to the treasury. And this includes $2 billion that California’s high speed rail project — the first in the country — depends on.
Who cares about some sissy mass transit project when there are billionaires out there who need another tax cut. Those whiny liberals just don’t get it. Learjet payments, vacation homes, yacht club dues — the rich are suffering too.
The United States is still the only industrialized country in the world that doesn’t have a high speed rail system, and the Reactionary Party wants to keep it that way.
The U.S. does have what they call a high speed train that runs between Boston and Washington, D.C. But technically the train isn’t fast enough to qualify as high speed rail.
This article has a list of all the countries that have a high speed rail system. Turkey, of all countries, has high speed rail and we don’t.
And speaking of clean energy and rightwing cluelessness: Rush Limbaugh threw a tantrum because Motor Trend Magazine named the Chevrolet Volt the “Car of the Year.”
“Of all the cars in the world, the Chevrolet Volt is the Car of the Year? Motor Trend magazine, that’s the end of them. How in the world do they have any credibility? Not one has been sold, and the Volt is the Car of the Year.”
Earth to OxyContin: The reason nobody has purchased a Chevy Volt is — the Volt is not on sale yet.