cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
On what will "high speed" rail travel? The railway beds and track that we now have will not support the current speeds possible with Amtrak. How in the world will a high speed train be any different?
A recent article described Governor Doyle's ride over a distance of 340 miles in just over 2.5 hours. That is a speed of 130 miles per hour or more.
Much has been said about the high cost of such trains, and much has been said about the ongoing subsidies that would be required to support those trains even if they were full of passengers on every trip.
Nothing has yet been discussed about how much it would cost to build a new set of tracks that would be capable of handling speeds at which these trains operate.
Doyle claims the demand is there. How does he know the demand is there? I've never seen any surveys or solid projections based upon hard data that would support that statement.
Why in the world do so many in the ranks of the liberal elite think that we need to become another Europe? We're being pushed toward becoming a new "Sweden" so far as socialism is concerned. The idea that trains would help to centralize population masses is a European approach that makes sense for them in large part because they have so little land mass on which to house their population.
Yet our "learned" leaders think that we ought to become another Europe. If that were my ideal, I'd at the least have already become an urbanite living in downtown Milwaukee. I don't want to live in a multi-story building with pavement for my landscape.
The more Governor Doyle talks these days, the more I have to question whether or not he has suffered a blow to the head or something similar. He seems to make less and less sense about more and more things.