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  •  Hey. According to a brief article in the Phila. (10+ / 0-)

    Inquirer Scott ain't backing down.

    This project would be far too costly  to taxpayers and I believe the risk far outweighs the benefits.
    Inquirer (AP story)

    I like ray Lahood's observation that other states would be glad to get Florida's money.

    •  There was another story about (3+ / 0-)

      a meeting between LaHood and a bipartisan group of Florida lawmakers - fed and state I think - where they discussed how to go around Scott and go forward with the Florida project.  As much as I think that might be a good thing, I think that it would be the wrong thing to do with the anti-Federal movement - the State's Rights people would make sure that the project didn't work and they'd have the power to do so.  

      •  I really like the idea of giving that money to (0+ / 0-)

        another State.

        I'd rather see it not go to California, 2B could be the start of a nice corridor somewhere else in the country.

        I really like the idea of a public and persistent reminder of the money and opportunity lost on Tea Party nonsense.

        Democracy - 1 person 1 vote. Free Markets - More dollars more power.

        by k9disc on Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 08:02:27 PM PST

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        •  Well, I'd most like to see successful (1+ / 0-)
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          projects put together by committed public servants and citizens than throw the money away in a state where those conditions do not exist.  It is more about making the efforts successful - which hopefully will persuade other skeptical states and voters that these programs can be valuable and viable.

          Telling them to go screw themselves was our post WWI strategy in Germany and it greatly helped bring about WWII.  Helping Germany and Japan recover after WWII was a much more productive and fruitful response for everyone involved.  Maybe we will have our post-WWII moment in some of these states down the line...

        •  Thanks but if it's just the same to you as (1+ / 0-)
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          somone who lives off the I-4 corridor I'd like to see some sanity prevail and a workaround accomplished.

          •  Hey man if you're going to get screwed the (0+ / 0-)

            screwers should probably learn a lesson, right?

            Not much better than sending it to a neighboring or competing state and then getting salt rubbed in politically.

            That way it doesn't have to happen again and you get new blood in power down there.

            Of course I would like you guys to keep the project. But I am not interested in seeing a States Rights battle over mandatory Railroads. It sets a bad precedent and gets off topic. Sets up the national debate on HSR as a bunch of Meta crap.

            You don't want it Florida? Fine... We'll support someone who does.

            Democracy - 1 person 1 vote. Free Markets - More dollars more power.

            by k9disc on Fri Feb 18, 2011 at 12:45:27 PM PST

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