Despite research showing that the average intercity auto trip today uses less energy per passenger mile than the average Amtrak train, the Obama administration is moving full steam ahead on spending $53 billion of taxpayers’ money on their progressive pie-in-the-sky ride to the poor house.
And George Will believes he knows why the president and his progressive cronies have hitched their wacky wagon to this environmental engine of a time gone by.
Generations hence, when the river of time has worn this presidency’s importance to a small, smooth pebble in the stream of history, people will still marvel that its defining trait was a mania for high-speed rail projects. This disorder illuminates the progressive mind.
Why is America’s “win the future” administration so fixated on railroads, a technology that was the future two centuries ago? Because progressivism’s aim is the modification of (other people’s) behavior.
The real reason for progressives’ passion for trains is their goal of diminishing Americans’ individualism in order to make them more amenable to collectivism. Newsweek
So let’s all get onboard the public transportation high-speed ride to poverty. Who cares if we’re basically broke. Why bother with balanced budgets. When the liberal land of lost and loony causes beckons us from just beyond that hazy horizon of hope and change, who are we to exclaim: Are you out of your mind?!