I've been very curious about the mysterious High Speed Rail provision that was inserted into the stimulus bill by the Senate. On the one hand, no one talked much about it - it wasn't clear whose idea it was or even who put it in. On the other hand, even after multiple GOP hissy fits over spending, it was never pulled out. In fact, HSR money got upped. We have now learned who the big fan of the SUPERTRAIN is. And you'll never guess where most of it's going to be spent.
Another late addition was a quadrupling to $8 billion, at the behest of Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., of money to construct high-speed rail lines. Reid's office issued a statement noting that a proposed Los Angeles-to-Las Vegas rail could get a big chunk of the money.Vegas. You must be frakking kidding.
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