Governor Gavin Newsom announced yesterday in Sacramento that he would abandon the state’s high-speed rail system because it was too expensive.
He didn’t mention the massive corruption and incompetence that has characterized the scheme, but he did admit that the state will be keeping the #.5 billion in federal taxpayer dollars Obama handed over for the construction scam.
Building the high-speed rail “would cost too much and, respectfully, would take too long,” he told legislators.
He added that the ‘state would not send $3.5 billion back to the federal government to be spent by President Donald Trump.’
Newsom argued the state could not afford the total cost, even with what he claimed was a “record-breaking surplus” thanks to the ongoing economic recovery.
“Voters approved the first bond for the “bullet train” under the California High-Speed Rail Authority by referendum in Proposition 1A in 2008. Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, championed the project during his third and fourth terms in office, calling it central to the fight against climate change.
“Yet over time, the project grew more and more expensive, rising from an initial estimate of $37 billion in 2008 to nearly $100 billion according to an estimate last year.
“In 2014, Breitbart News revealed that the “high-speed” train would not be so “high-speed” after all, running slower on tracks from San Jose to San Francisco, and from the San Fernando Valley into downtown Los Angeles. The earliest the project might have been completed was in 2033.
Just last year, in his final “State of the State” address, Gov. Brown said:
“I make no bones about it. I like trains and I like high-speed trains even better. So did the voters in 2008 when they approved the bond. Look, 11 other countries have high-speed trains. They are now taken for granted all over Europe, in Japan and in China. President Reagan himself said in Japan on November 11, 1983: “The State of California is planning to build a rapid speed train that is adapted from your highly successful bullet train.” Yes, we were, and now we are actually building it.
“Like any big project, there are obstacles. … Yes, it costs lots of money but it is still cheaper and more convenient than expanding airports and building new freeways to meet the growing demand. It will be fast, quiet and powered by renewable electricity and last for a hundred years.
“Difficulties challenge us but they can’t discourage or stop us. Whether it’s roads or trains or dams or renewable energy installations or zero-emission cars, California is setting the pace for America. Yes, there are critics, there are lawsuits and there are countless obstacles. But California was built on dreams and perseverance and the bolder path is still our way forward.”
Of course, this implies the state is now going backwards.
“As Lieutenant Governor, Newsom opposed the high-speed project, but flip-flopped in 2016, promising “100 percent” to seek public funding as governor.
“However, upon taking office, Newsom appears to have had a change of heart — especially as he has prioritized providing health insurance to all California residents.”
Newsom’s announcement follows the democrat embrace of the “Green New Deal,” a communist wealth redistribution plan that would make Karl Marx proud.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti praised the Green scheme on Monday when he decided to cancel more natural gas plants, despite the fact that the city depends on them for power.
“I have no interest in sending back 3.5 billion dollars allocated for this project.” Gavin Newsom rebukes expansive #highspeedrail project from Northern to Southern CA, but advocates a high speed rail heading into Central Valley @FOX40 pic.twitter.com/xJpuMBCBDU
— Joe Khalil (@JoeKhalilTV) February 12, 2019