Patterico's Pontifications

1/17/2018

Shock Article: California Bullet Train Over Budget

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 9:30 am

Let’s take a break from Donald Trump’s latest drama of the day and discuss a truly shocking development: the California bullet train is over budget.

Hahahahaha I couldn’t keep a straight face for even 10 seconds. Of course it’s over budget:

The estimated cost of building 119 miles of bullet train track in the Central Valley has jumped to $10.6 billion, an increase of $2.8 billion from the current budget and up from about $6 billion originally.

The new calculation takes into account a number of intractable problems encountered by the state rail agency. It raises profoundly difficult questions about how the state will complete what is considered the nation’s largest infrastructure project with the existing funding sources.

I have an answer. It can’t.

Look how easily I was able to answer a “profoundly difficult” question!

This train has always been a ridiculous idea. Projects like this are always over budget, and it’s destined to be a more dangerous, slower, and more cumbersome way to travel between San Francisco and Los Angeles at a price just slightly lower than that offered by the airlines.

What’s more, it’s taking place at the expense of public safety. Governor Jerry Brown has been trying to pay for this debacle by spending the last several years emptying our prisoners of, well, pretty much everybody — including violent criminals. Gun laws have been weakened. Parole has been increasingly granted and available to even the worst murderers.

Meanwhile, the People will be asked to fund larger and larger bond issues to keep this turkey afloat.

It’s a joke. It’s always been a joke. Now even the elites are starting to have to face that fact.

[Cross-posted at RedState and The Jury Talks Back.]


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