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    Florida scraps high-speed rail plan pushed by Obama

    Florida scraps high-speed rail plan pushed by Obama - USATODAY.com

    Gov. Rick Scott is canceling a proposed high-speed train line between Orlando and Tampa promoted by President Barack Obama, saying Wednesday it would cost Florida too much even with $2.4 billion in federal help. Cost overruns could put Florida on the hook for another $3 billion and once completed, there's a good chance ridership won't pay for the operating cost, meaning the state would have to pump even more money into the line each year, Scott said.

    "The truth is that this project would be far too costly to taxpayers and I believe the risk far outweighs the benefits," the Republican governor, who took office last month, said in a press release.
    But...but...didn't Obama promise us high speed rail in the SOTU address?

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    Re: Florida scraps high-speed rail plan pushed by Obama

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    But...but...didn't Obama promise us high speed rail in the SOTU address?
    A true, national high speed rail would be well worth the investment of money in addition to providing many jobs to see people through the economic turndown. I mean, that's if you care about the average American instead of sending the billions upon billions of dollars to bailouts of the banks and CEOs who made the mess.
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    Re: Florida scraps high-speed rail plan pushed by Obama

    Quote Originally Posted by Whovian View Post
    But...but...didn't Obama promise us high speed rail in the SOTU address?
    I think it says a lot about how cowardly the GOP have become. Can you imagine how different the world would be if Eisenhower's interstate highway system had been seen as "too great a risk".

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    Re: Florida scraps high-speed rail plan pushed by Obama

    Quote Originally Posted by CriticalThought View Post
    I think it says a lot about how cowardly the GOP have become. Can you imagine how different the world would be if Eisenhower's interstate highway system had been seen as "too great a risk".
    You know how great it would be if we had an actual, factual high speed rail? That would make a GREAT alternative to flying. If it took 5 hours to get from Denver to Chicago on train...**** I'd be going to well more Cubs games. New York to Chicago, Chicago to LA, link up all these major cities and then slowly expand off the backbone. True high speed rail would have major benefits for our country as well as providing many many jobs during the construction phase for which we can use to alivieate some of the burden on the middle and lower class experienced by this economic downturn. I would have much rather let the "too big to fail" jerks actually fail; see some of those CEOs in the gutter, and use that money to invest in a high speed rail and other work projects until the economy can recover enough for private business to take over.
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    Re: Florida scraps high-speed rail plan pushed by Obama

    The high speed rail is definitely worth the investment, but ultimately Florida has to support it, and it doesn't. I don't think this is about money as much as it is about Florida giving Obama the finger. Also, think about how many cars will be taken off the road by a light rail. Can't threaten the automobiles and the fossil fuels now can we.

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    Re: Florida scraps high-speed rail plan pushed by Obama

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    You know how great it would be if we had an actual, factual high speed rail? That would make a GREAT alternative to flying. If it took 5 hours to get from Denver to Chicago on train...**** I'd be going to well more Cubs games. New York to Chicago, Chicago to LA, link up all these major cities and then slowly expand off the backbone. True high speed rail would have major benefits for our country as well as providing many many jobs during the construction phase for which we can use to alivieate some of the burden on the middle and lower class experienced by this economic downturn. I would have much rather let the "too big to fail" jerks actually fail; see some of those CEOs in the gutter, and use that money to invest in a high speed rail and other work projects until the economy can recover enough for private business to take over.
    By all means... lets waste billions so you can see the ****ing Cubs

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    Re: Florida scraps high-speed rail plan pushed by Obama

    This is good news i only wish they would junk the plan for High Speed Rail in California.

    There is no need for it and if built it will go mostly unused.

    These Rail plans are great for those building the systems they get rich but building anything when there is no demand is stupid and anyone who thinks it's a good idea is most likely mentally handicapped.

    Oh yea Obama backs this Garbage, I guess that proves my case for mental issues. Everyone knows Obama has a narcissistic personality disorder and it's catching I guess because his mate has the same disorder.

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    Re: Florida scraps high-speed rail plan pushed by Obama

    Quote Originally Posted by Whovian View Post
    By all means... lets waste billions so you can see the ****ing Cubs
    The French high speed rail system brings in 1 billion+ Euros a year in profits.
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    Re: Florida scraps high-speed rail plan pushed by Obama

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    A true, national high speed rail would be well worth the investment of money in addition to providing many jobs to see people through the economic turndown. I mean, that's if you care about the average American instead of sending the billions upon billions of dollars to bailouts of the banks and CEOs who made the mess.
    How dishonest.

    It'd be a giant waste of money that would put us further indebt for what? Another AMTRACK?
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    Re: Florida scraps high-speed rail plan pushed by Obama

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    The French high speed rail system brings in 1 billion+ Euros a year in profits.
    Different situation all together.
    Climate, changes. It takes a particularly uneducated population to buy into the idea that it's their fault climate is changing and further political solutions can fix it.



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