WASHINGTON — As part of the final budget deal formally agreed to on Friday night, the Obama administration signed off on a big cut to a closely held transportation policy priority.
Multiple Hill sources from both parties confirm that the final continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government through the end of September will include a $1.5 billion cut in funds for the planned national high-speed rail system
You need to realize two things. Republicans MUST destroy HSR and make sure it is not only merely dead but really and sincerely dead. The discussion has nothing to do with transportation policy and everything to do with destroying and humiliating Pres. Obama.
Secondly, Obama would compromise anything away. If you don’t believe me, just hang around till later this year when he throws every elderly person in this country under the bus by allowing the “temporary” cut in SSI payroll taxes to become permanent. This assures that SS, which is not a driver of the deficit, will quickly become underfunded.
In the bigger scheme of how bad things are (and are going to be) HSR is absolutely meaningless. Pay the band and turn out the lights. The party is over.
ALSO, my daily Arkansas based podcast, Lynched!, has a segment on HSR that is about 9 min. into the program. I often deal with national politics here in addition to things of a more local interest. You might want to subscribe for the items of a winder interest. Follow this link for the cast with the relevant material.