spread $8 billion in stimulus funds over 31 states to develop a high-speed rail service.
I have a message for these states: Don't wait around and let this money slip through the cracks. Use it now. Build a high speed rail network. Now.
There is absolutely no downside to putting together a high speed rail network in this country. Urban congestion is horrible now, and will only get worse in years to come. High speed rail would eliminate not only traffic but need for oil, which will drive gas prices down and reduce the now infamous "dependency on foreign oil." (crash of lightning outside window). It would also provide not thousands but millions of jobs in an economy that is desperate for them.
Now I'm sure the Republicans in congress and these states will do anything possible to delay these projects and keep their corporate oil interests afloat. This is something the president needs to shove through, needs to ram down everyone's throats, both Democrat and Republican. This project, like the national parks project and the Tennessee Valley Authority, isn't about appeasing a political base or making the administration look good. This project is about rebuilding the country.
Plus, I have no doubt that whatever high speed rail lines Americans come up with will be a thousand times better than any of the existing lines built by those pansy-ass Europeans. Right? I mean, just look at our cars--
Higher property taxes in Missouri could result from ballot question, foes say - The proposal, known as Amendment 4, would change the Missouri Constitution to prohibit services like haircuts and dry cleaning from being taxed.
1 hour ago