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Obama’s High-Speed Rail Project Gets $1.5 Billion Slashed In Budget Deal

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.

Obama’s High-Speed Rail Project Gets $1.5 Billion Slashed In Budget Deal.

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.

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Filed under: Amtrak, Passenger Rail Politics, United States High Speed Rail

4 Responses

  1. Steve A says:

    “Republicans MUST destroy HSR…”

    A little partisan bias showing?

  2. Woody says:

    “Republicans MUST destroy HSR.”

    That’s not bias, that’s the clearly observable facts.

    The Repubs hate that black man in the White House and they want him destroyed — and everything that he favors, they will oppose.

  3. patlynch says:

    It is not bias to recognize how your opponent operates. I wish we had Democrats with such absolute determination.

  4. Jayson says:

    While I agree with your frustration, I also see the difficulty that the president faces in such a bipartisan climate. He barely pushed health care through with no republican support and it almost destroyed him politically.

    That being said, he did have the opportunity to highlight the bloated defense spending, and he did not. I am frustrated that things that really matter like building a 21st century infrastructure are once again pushed to irrelevance.

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