California’s Ridiculous Bullet Train

By John McClaughry

If I had to name the single most ridiculous green liberal project in the country today, it would be Gov. Jerry Brown’s passionate support for  a 180 miles per hour bullet train to link Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Why Gov. Moonbeam, as he is known to his critics, is so devoted to this initially projected $64 billion dollar madness is utterly beyond me. What’s the big rush to get from LA to San Francisco?

Earlier this month  Brown’s project management office said the first 119 mile section between two Central Valley cities – Madera and Shafter – will cost taxpayers not the $4.3 billion initially announced, or the $6 billion update announced in September, but  $10.7 billion. If the remainder of this massive project faces the same budget increase, the total cost would skyrocket to more than $113 billion, and that’s a low-ball estimate because the train’s construction will get more challenging and expensive as it heads out of the broad, flat Central Valley toward San Francisco and Los Angeles. All this to have California’s own shiny bullet train like those of China, Japan and France.

Gov. Brown’s political career will end next December – he’ll be 81. His Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom is running to succeed him, and he isn’t taking questions about the future of this colossal boondoggle.  The state is in no condition to pay the remainder of the costs.

What California taxpayers are likely to get is a gigantic 119 mile long concrete memorial to Gov. Moonbeam’s green liberalism out between Madera and Shafter, like the abandoned stone heads on Easter Island.

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