For those of us that have been watching the evolution of California’s “Bullet Train” Project, mercifully, the end is near for this taxpayer boondoggle. If you have not kept up here, the Bullet Train was passed off to the voters a few years ago as a $10 billion solution to California’s unemployment & transportation problems. A miracle which would not only pay for itself with massively overstated ridership, but would create thousands of jobs and lift the entire state out of the recession by connecting Los Angeles to San Fransisco. President Obama even agreed to help pay for almost $4 billion of the work! Who could possibly be against such a wonderful event? Heck, this train would even solve the pesky problem of Climate Change – a top priority of the environmentalist-owned Democratic super-majority in the state legislature.
This train would literally get everyone out of their cars. Or so Governor Jerry Brown would have you believe. In fact, it turns out to be yet another complete fabrication of truth on all levels. The newest cost was recently revised upwards to 98 BILLION DOLLARS. Almost TEN times the original estimate. How could this happen? It turns out this type of number crunching is now the “new normal” for the Left. Doubt me? Just notice how Obamacare has now gone from saving us money to ballooning to almost 2 Trillion dollars. And if they can trot out numbers that are double, triple…heck, even TEN TIMES the original estimate, who are we to complain? It is the classic case of letting the camel get his nose under the tent. Once that happens, it is too late. It turns out that’s all the Left wants. Enough time for the ink to dry on the government loans before declaring bankruptcy a la Solydra. Get the unions working. Then the project is “too Big To Fail.”
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Now Governor Brown has just come out with a newly revised downward estimate in an effort to get the legislature to quickly authorize funds to break ground before the people know what happened. He is now telling us the project will now cost $28 BILLION LESS with his brilliant new design. Only Alice in Wonderland could believe his new numbers, which are still SIX TIMES more than the voters approved.
But that is exactly my point here. California politics has come to this: the voters are faced with some of the highest taxes overall in the entire nation – yet this coming November, they will willingly vote to approve even more! And they will willingly vote all their Democratic legislators another term while booting out a few more of the almost extinct Republicans. They are pretty much tied with the highest sales tax, yet they will vote for more. The Governor will tell them that they are voting for a tax on Millionaires, yet they are actually voting to tax those making $100,000 on up. The voters, being finished products of the prevailing school system, no longer think before they vote. The peer pressure to vote Democratic is severe. Environmentalism is the official state religion. Yet, even in California, the voters actually approved Proposition 8, which would have outlawed same sex marriage- only to be undone by a gay activist judge who struck the law down as unconstitutional. The voters are confused and agitated while too lazy to do their own thinking.
How does this bode for the future of our country? Will the smart people left in California flee the state and reintegrate with the rest of us? Or will the few remaining non-union people give up and go to work for the government unions or their private sector counterpart with government contracts? There are a few other states, like Wisconsin, in a similar precarious situation. Right To Work states vs. Unions…Business friendly vs. high tax states. And 12% of educators now earn enough to take a spot in the top 1%! Our decisions are coming closer together now; the Left basically came out of the closet back in 1972 when Gov. Jerry Brown’s father signed into law the unionization of public sector workers and teachers in California. It’s been downhill ever since, and the chickens are coming home to roost. Massive unfunded pensions (and complete denial by the people of the enormity of that problem) along with liberal welfare benefits will bring about complete insolvency.
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California will come begging the federal government for a bailout soon. California will make the Greece bailout look trivial. The General Motors Bailout times one thousand? We are numb to the numbers. GM had “record” profits; the workers received on average over $7000 EACH – and yet GM still owes America a debt of over $26 BILLION. This is the new math. I remember back in grade school when they gave us our new books and literally told us we were learning “new math”…all with a straight face. Didn’t see it coming.
The Left seems to better able to focus their battles and spread disinformation more quickly than the truth can get out. Witness the recent Trayvon/Zimmerman debacle in Florida. Now that the black voting block is sufficiently angry, and the racial polarization is raging, it is too late even when the truth comes out. The Left seems to thrive on discord and chaos. Do they make the Arab Spring sound harmonious?
That is also the tactic of Governor Brown. Just get the funding for the train, say whatever is necessary. There are not enough thinking voters to matter any more, and he knows it. That is scary. President Obama is actually doing the same thing with many of his issues involving healthcare, recess appointments, the EPA power grabs to destroy the coal industry, and so many more. The old maxim which says “If you are gong to tell a lie, tell a BIG lie” seems to be working for the Governor in California.
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