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    GCrites80s
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    ^That’s when the “Kasich knows what happened to Chandra Levy” and “Kasich is gay” rumors resurface.

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    cheap said:
    wait until he runs for president in 2016,and wins.

    you can kiss all that HUD money goodbye.

    How do you KNOW he will win the presidency ?

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    TomOver said:
    How do you KNOW he will win the presidency ?

    same reason Obama won.

    nobody else worth a shit

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    LaHood Defends High-Speed Rail
    POSTED BY RYAN HOLEYWELL | DECEMBER 6, 2011

    Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood vehemently defended the administration’s high speed rail plans during a testy Congressional hearing Tuesday, deflecting Republican criticism of the efforts by emphasizing the projects’ ability to create jobs.

    LaHood spoke before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee – a committee on which he served while a congressman – which was questioning the viability of the administration’s high-speed rail projects throughout the country.

    Committee Chairman John Mica made the same point he’s made in recent months: The costs of high-speed rail investments, and lack of progress to date, suggest a need for serious reevaluation.

    READ MORE: http://www.governing.com/blogs/fedwatch/LaHood-Defends-High-Speed-Rail.html

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    High-speed rail is dead in America. Should we mourn it?
    By Will Oremus
    Posted Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, at 8:24 PM ET

    If you live in Los Angeles, Orlando, Cincinnati, Chicago, Milwaukee, Raleigh, or any number of other U.S. cities, chances are you’ve read a news story that started something like this: “Imagine stepping on a train in [your city] and stepping off in [another major city] just two-and-a-half hours later. This dream could become a reality in the next [unrealistic number] years, thanks to plans for a national network of high-speed rail lines.”

    READ MORE: http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technocracy/2011/12/high_speed_rail_is_dead_in_america_should_we_mourn_it_.html

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    U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Awards $186 Million to Illinois to Expand High-Speed Rail in the Midwest

    Wednesday, January 04, 2012

    U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today awarded more than $186 million to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) for a high-speed rail project that will reduce travel times and put Americans back to work this spring.

    “The Great Lakes-Midwest economic region is the world’s fifth largest economy by Gross Domestic Product, and nearly 100 million people live within 500 miles of each other,” said Secretary LaHood. “The Department of Transportation’s investment of more than $1 billion in the region’s high-speed rail service will reduce trip times and save travelers money, resulting in reduced congestion for the region and making the Midwest a better place to start a business and create jobs.”

    READ MORE: http://www.fra.dot.gov/roa/press_releases/fp_FRA%2002-12.shtml

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    Nice. I’m going to have to take a trip to St. Louis for a long weekend sometime soon.

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    Rather than focus on the few corridors that need high-speed rail lines the most, the Obama administration doled out half a billion here and half a billion there, a strategy better-suited to currying political support than to addressing real infrastructure problems. Spread across 10 corridors, each between 100 and 600 miles long, Obama’s rail system would have been, at best, a disjointed patchwork. The nation’s most gridlocked corridor, along the East Coast between Washington, D.C. and Boston, was left out of the plans entirely. Worse, much of the money was allocated to projects that weren’t high-speed rail at all.

    how about that

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    cheap said:

    Rather than focus on the few corridors that need high-speed rail lines the most, the Obama administration doled out half a billion here and half a billion there, a strategy better-suited to currying political support than to addressing real infrastructure problems. Spread across 10 corridors, each between 100 and 600 miles long, Obama’s rail system would have been, at best, a disjointed patchwork. The nation’s most gridlocked corridor, along the East Coast between Washington, D.C. and Boston, was left out of the plans entirely. Worse, much of the money was allocated to projects that weren’t high-speed rail at all.

    how about that

    I’m shocked. Shocked, I tell you.

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    rus said:
    I’m shocked. Shocked, I tell you.

    eye roll…. I’m sure building international airports and the interstate highway system only in the northeast and on the west coast would’ve been totally politically feasible too…

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    And they never opened a Interstate until the Interstate Highway System was officially completed in 1991.

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    I’m curious what Rus and other Obama contrarians think about this:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/03/us/politics/for-high-speed-rail-support-in-the-past-from-gop-presidential-hopefuls.html

    Even Representative Ron Paul of Texas, a small-government libertarian, signed a letter that several members of Texas’ Congressional delegation sent to federal officials in 2009 urging them to give the state money for rail studies to help it build “a truly ambitious and world-class high-speed rail network.”

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    Why not ask Ron Paul?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3Tu8L7fV9g

    Similarly:

    http://reason.com/poll/2012/01/05/55-percent-of-american-want-private-ente

    On a slightly different note, perhaps one can see the difference between advocating for a rail network and advocating for using government money to gain political support.

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    That video was a great “what if” scenario. If only Ron Paul had a time machine.

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    January 29, 2012
    Jerry Brown says cap-and-trade fees will fund high-speed rail

    Gov. Jerry Brown said in an interview airing in Los Angeles today that California’s high-speed rail project will cost far less than the state’s current estimate of nearly $100 billion and that environmental fees paid by carbon producers will be a source of funding. “It’s not going to be $100 billion,” the Democratic governor said on ABC 7′s Eyewitness Newsmakers program. “That’s way off.”

    Brown’s remarks come as his administration prepares revisions to the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s latest business plan. Brown is trying to push the project through an increasingly skeptical Legislature following a series of critical reports.

    READ MORE: http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2012/01/jerry-brown-says-cap-and-trade-fees-will-fund-high-speed-rail.html

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