Wednesday, March 04, 2009

The High Speed Train to Sin City

Is there really money in the economic stimulus package for a high speed railroad from Disneyland to Las Vegas? Several members of the Repubic party have stated so and so have the talking heads on FOX News and talk radio. Either these people are lying or they are ignorant. Here is a story that shows it may just be ignorance.

A columnist from LA, Dick Spotswood, visited his congressional representative Mary Bono Mack.
Met with Republican Rep. Mary Bono Mack from Riverside County's Coachella Valley. While a social moderate, Sonny Bono's widow is a solid conservative. Talked to her about Obama's $780 billion stimulus legislation. She's outraged that the plan has "$1 billion wasted on a magnetic-levitation train from L.A. to Sin City" -- all at Nevada Sen. Harry Reid's doing.

After expressing my doubt that the Las Vegas line was actually in the bill's language, Bono Mack directs her staff to "get him the bill, it's right there, show him." A few minutes later, a staffer emerges with a copy and quietly says "it's not in the bill."

Spotswood's congressional rep wasn't lying to him about the high speed rail project. She really believed it was in the bill. It was just ignorance. She probably heard some lying talking head say that the rail project was in the bill and believed what she heard.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Nancy Pelosi's mouse isn't in the bill either. There IS money for wetlands conservation/environmental projects which COULD conceivably include wetlands restoration in Nancy Pelosi's district where this endangered mouse lives, but that's hardly the same thing as the ditto-heads' claims that there's specific money in there to save "Nancy Pelosi's mouse".