Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Reid's High Speed Rail From Vegas To Disneyland
Remember Barack Obama telling folks up in Elkhart last week that there were absolutely no earmarks in his $787 billion stimulus (spending) bill? An $8 billion high speed rail tucked into the legislation which connects Sen. Harry Reid's hometown of Las Vegas with Disneyland in Anaheim, California apparently doesn't qualify as an earmark by Obama's definition. "Proposals for magnetic levitation trains that could travel 300 mph and whisk passengers between Anaheim and Las Vegas in 86 minutes have been floated for decades as a way to ease traffic on Interstate 15 and reduce pollution -- and, of course, boost the Las Vegas economy," writes the Chicago Tribune. "The project's boosters hope the stimulus money will help get it moving."