Transportation is the linchpin of Obama’s statist policies.
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Of that $500 billion, $50 billion is allotted for the development of America’s very own high-speed rail network. Currently the Acela line in the northeast is the only HSR in the whole country, and for good reason. As Utt points out, high-speed rail is one of the most expensive and least effective methods of transportation ever devised. The DOT’s own inspector general has estimated that reducing travel time between New York City and Boston via Acela by 30 minutes cost the government $14 billion, while reducing car usage by less than one percent.
This is the vision of the Obama Administration: shifting from the all-American car to glorified 19th-century technology. One Republican congressman informed of LaHood’s cycling priorities recently wondered if the DOT head was on drugs. It almost seems too absurd to digest.
Then again, when your whole worldview is shaped by the eschatology of a world hurtling towards an environmental apocalypse, suddenly reversion and coercion make sense.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?