Wednesday, January 26, 2011

High Speed Stimulus Money

So I was reading this article in the New York Times today about how Republicans aren't going to want federally funded public works projects in their states.  The article specifically mentioned the Florida governor's office examining whether it should accept $2.4 billion (with a B) in federal stimulus money to build a high-speed rail line from Tampa to Orlando.  And of course who could forget New Jersey Governor Chris Christie turning down $3 billion from the federal Department of Transportation to update the only tunnel connecting NJ Transit to Manhattan as well as to build a new one.
"Subsidize me!"

You know what? Good.  Don't take our stupid money.  Give it to the Washington Metro System so that millions of ignorant tourists can finally stand to the left on functional escalators, and fewer trains plow into the back of other trains.  Give the money to the MTA (like they need more money) so the terribly rundown Connecticut Metro-North cars can get an update (and so we can keep the bar car).  So that they can take back that really just plan unnecessary 10% price increase they just instituted.

No but don't invest in our infrastructure.  Because pretty soon we'll all be driving over bridges on the verge of collapse.

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