Discussion in 'Politics' started by ScreamingEagle, Mar 26, 2012.
Woo! Woo! Next stop, bankruptcy!
If we switched from over the road trucking to cross country trains, we wouldn't need to buy foreign oil. But, since the GObP/R's are in the pockets of Big Oil, they'll never allow it. The very last thing they want is "independence from foreign oil".
Before you rw's start whining, it makes uncommonly good sense to retrain AMERICANS for jobs of the future instead of keeping them dirt poor and tied to the past. Truck drivers, as well as others associated with the trucking industry could do very well with a modern train system. Everyone from the drivers themselves to those who now sell tires, mechanics and on and on and on.
But no ... The GObP/R's pay huge oil companies tax-funded subsidies and then Boehner hands out their kickbacks. He doesn't do it on the floor of congress any more. Now its at the congressional tavern.
Vote Republican - Keep China green and Big Oil rolling in our tax money.
If we ignored the idiot environmentalist crackpots and drilled our own oil we would not need to buy foreign oil. See, a better solution. I say lets piss the socialist backed environuts off and drill anyway.
Cutting spending is what the European Union has done, leading to disaster.
High Speed Rail would boost our economy in so many ways.
yes....vote Republican to kick out the marxist destroyer of America....the US already has the BEST rail freight system in the world.....high speed rail would only destroy it....BO would just love to come in with his new rail regulations and wreck our SUPERB rail freight business....
you do realize that every high speed rail system in the world is SUBSIDIZED.....
AND i highly doubt that Americans are going to give up their cars readily...like this Reid boondoggle....who in their right mind is going to drive half way to Las Vegas and then park their car to hop a train....? there would have to be some real extras thrown in....
What We Learned From The Stimulus | Smart Growth America
^Public transportation creates twice the amount of jobs that roads and highway infrastructure dose.
^1) Public transportation reduces the use of gasoline by 4.2 billion gallons a year, or the equivalent of 12.6 billion dollars a year.
^2) Public transportation also reduces congestion by taking people off the road.
According to T.T.I. public transportation saved travelers 541 million hours of additional driving time, or the equivalent of 10.2 billion dollars a year.
^3) A 50 billion dollars investment into public transportation in the next two years would create 1.3 million jobs.
^4) Public transportation saves the country around 20 billion dollars a year by reducing congestion and reducing the use of gasoline.
Congestion and the real value of public transit - The Washington Post
^New report shows that the reduced congestion caused by increased public transportation effectively pays for itself. This means when you include the other benefits and specific use of public transportation , public transportation saves the economy more money than it costs.
Little engine that saves money | StarTribune.com
^MN transit rail is 30 cents per mile cheaper than using cars/busses.
Environmental Law & Policy Center : Benefits of high speed rail
^Rail spending creates 1.7-2.5 dollars in benefits for every dollar spent.
Study: Economic benefits of Kansas-Oklahoma rail service would far outweigh cost | High Speed Rail Updates
^The cost benefit ratio for a high speed rail from Kansas to Oklahoma would be 1: 3.2.
^High speed rail in Midwest would create tens of thousands of jobs.
High-Speed Rail Would Save Oil, Create Jobs, Study Finds
^High speed rail would create 55,000 jobs in Los Angeles 20,000 in Orlando, and 5,00 new jobs in Albany.
Let's hire people to dig holes, then fill them again!! It stimulates the economy and creates jobs!!!
Trains burn diesel oil. Moron.
that all sounds warm and fuzzy but where does it say that high speed rail will pay for itself......? it doesn't.....so GUESS WHO is going to have to pay for all those high speed trains and high paying jobs......to carry around a few people......? and when you consider how many problems a high speed rail system overlapping our most excellent rail freight system would cause....it just isn't worth it....
light rail is another matter......many cities already have light rail in areas that have demand for it.....light rail has its own lines and does not interfere with freight lines....even a high speed line for a busy corridor would be fine IF it has its own tracks...and if the state in question wants to pay for operating it....(unlike Harry Reid's little project)
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