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  •  How can you seriously ask for or more rail... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...when rail projects around the United States are under constant assault?

    ODS results in Obama's amazing ability to humiliate his biggest critics, on the right and the left.

    by NoFortunateSon on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 04:41:25 PM PST

    •  Social Security is under constant assault (2+ / 0-)
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      BYw, Calamity Jean

      and yet I hope most of us would be on board with expanding it, given the policy upsides.

      That defensive way of thinking is exactly what has gotten the Democratic Party to where it is today.

      Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

      by Simplify on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 05:14:06 PM PST

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        My objection was poorly phrased. What I meant to say is that the implication that Obama has faked t deliver about a three order of magnitude increase in rail funding is tone deaf considering that many wonderful rail projects initiated under the ARRA are in dire states.

        ODS results in Obama's amazing ability to humiliate his biggest critics, on the right and the left.

        by NoFortunateSon on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 06:29:05 PM PST

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    •  Because it's a great solution to our problems? (1+ / 0-)
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      Pound for pound, rail is the most efficient way to move freight.  Exploit that efficiency.

      -7.75 -4.67

      "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose."

      There are no Christians in foxholes.

      by Odysseus on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 05:15:40 PM PST

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    •  The issue is to look beyond what can be done... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...given the current make-up of Congress. Yes, Obama has initiated some very good actions in transportation (and in renewables), as I have reported and praised previously over the past nearly five years.

      And, yes, he is limited by know-nothings and the general obstructionism of Republicans and some members of his own party. But, as noted in my post, the process of switching some truck traffic to rail is a long-term effort and not even including mention of it when we're talking about improving efficiency is short-sighted, in my opinion. You label that insulting because it's more important to you that Obama humiliates the left than actually lays out a vision—a vision we all know can't be accomplished without a change in Congress.

      I'm a believer in "make him do it," something the president himself gave us reason to believe he supports. Making him do it requires more, obviously, than just yammering. It means working to provide him (and his Democratic successors) more allies in the House and Senate, But if he would push harder on certain ideas, vastly expanded, green-sourced rail, it could help create those allies.

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Wed Feb 19, 2014 at 03:08:55 PM PST

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