David just liveblogged the President as saying this:
“We used to have the best infrastructure. The best stuff…. And now, we go to Beijing, and we marvel at their airports. And we go to Europe, and we marvel at their trains. That’s not the American way.”
Recently, the corrupt new governor of Florida turned down a bunch of federal money for high-speed rail. Now that money is getting spent in Massachusetts and elsewhere, although for projects a lot less glamorous.
You know what trains ought to be like? Here’s the TGV in France; Translated, TGV stands for “Wicked Fast Train.”
This train goes 357 miles per hour, folks. I’ve taken the Eurostar from London to Paris, through the Chunnel. It’s … awesome. And then there’s the new Japanese Maglev train; traveling regularly at 310mph.
Just imagine if the Tea Party had been ascendant back in the 1950s. There would be no interstate highway system. “Big government”, they would have howled.