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  • Morning Bell: Transportation Secretary Wants Us to Be Like Communist China

    China’s attempt at a high-speed rail network is fraught with corrupt officials, impossible costs, and deadly safety failures. But U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood wishes America would follow it as a model.

    LaHood told The Cable last week:

    The Chinese are more successful [in building infrastructure] because in their country, only three people make the decision. In our country, 3,000 people do, 3 million. In a country where only three people make the decision, they can decide where to put their rail line, get the money, and do it. We don’t do it that way in America.

    His comments are stunning. Yes, that’s how Communists do it: A few people make decisions for the country and control the money, land, resources, and workers. And how has that worked out?

    “Rather than demonstrating the advantages of centrally planned long-term investment, as its foreign admirers sometimes suggested, China’s bullet-train experience shows what can go wrong when an unelected elite, influenced by corrupt opportunists, gives orders that all must follow — without the robust public discussion we would have in the states.” That sounds like a direct rebuttal to LaHood, but Washington Post editorial writer Charles Lane wrote that back in April 2011.

    The Telegraph (U.K.) reported in February that 70 percent of China’s railway projects had been suspended, as its railways ministry attempted to continue deficit financing while facing slow ticket sales. Last year, a deadly train crash brought safety concerns and corruption at the highest levels of the railway to light.

    The bottom line is that high-speed rail is like pouring money down a hole. China’s official institutions aren’t known for transparency, but according to the Voice of America, “Even the [Chinese] national research institution, the Academy of Science, reported last year that at current investment and estimated passenger numbers, the trains will never collect enough in fares to repay construction loans.”

    LaHood—and President Obama—advocate high-speed rail in America by evoking the image of thousands of workers on the project. It’s part of their stimulus-funded plan to get America back to work. But once again, China’s experience demonstrates that government spending on infrastructure has not helped the Chinese economy.

    The Obama Administration has an ally in California Governor Jerry Brown (D), however. On Friday, Democrats in the California state Senate narrowly approved funding for the first stage of a high-speed rail line there. They faced a deadline for getting $3.3 billion in federal stimulus money, which drove the timing of the vote. The state is now authorized to start selling $4.5 billion in bonds. The key is that this first stage is barely a beginning, as CBS Sacramento columnist Aaron McLear explained:

    The plan sold to voters cost $46 billion; now the state says it will cost $68 billion, hoping that the federal government and private investors make up the bulk of the cost. But as the non-partisan research group California Common Sense pointed out this week, when one factors in typical large infrastructure project overruns, the cost is closer to $99 billion, with $82 billion of that funding unsecured. If the Feds don’t pick up half the tab the cost soars to $203 billion.

    That’s a pretty big “if”—”if” the funding comes in. One Democratic state senator who voted against the project exposed this reasoning: “Is there additional commitment of federal funds? There is not. Is there additional commitment of private funding? There is not. Is there a dedicated funding source that we can look to in the coming years? There is not.”

    Basically, California lawmakers are just hoping it works out. And they’re ready to tax Californians—and the rest of America—to make that happen. Californians are wise to their situation, and they’re not too keen on diverting endless amounts of money into this hole. Polls show public support for the rail plan has dropped below 40 percent.

    Despite public opinion, LaHood declares that the opposite is true, like a character out of Orwell: “There’s no turning back on this. We’re not going to turn back. And you know why? Because that’s what the people want. That’s why… there’s no stopping high speed rail.”

    But as the suspension of Chinese railway projects shows, there is stopping it when bullet trains collide with fiscal reality. The states of Florida, Wisconsin, and Ohio actually turned down federal money for similar projects, declining to tie their state budgets to the money pit of high-speed rail. They realize that their taxpayers would be on the hook subsidizing the rail line long after the initial infusion of federal cash.

    We need less centralized control of transportation, not more. Congress should give states more control over the transportation dollars their drivers already pay in federal gas taxes. States can identify their transportation problems and priorities much better than Washington. Secretary LaHood could not be more wrong.

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    88 Responses to Morning Bell: Transportation Secretary Wants Us to Be Like Communist China

    1. glynnda says:

      Amy, Lahood's comments are not "stunning" they are normal. Why don't we just call them what they are….they are communists. They have been outspoken communists in their views, their writings and their spoken opinions for decades. Why don't we just take off the "politically correct" mantle that has been thrown on us by these very people in their efforts to keep our mouths shut? If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck and waddles like a duck……..HELLO!!!!!! ….it's a duck people!!!!!!!….for crying out loud, why do we let these people scare us so???? It's embarrassing!

      They are communists! Congressman West is absolutely right, he's just not going far enough with his assertions.

      Glynnda

      • Darlene says:

        I agree 100%… OBAMA is following the CLOWARD PIVEN STRATEGY.. And yes Allen West is right
        this is why the congress can't get anything done do nothing congress its because the communists liberals
        we have are following the american communists party why else would they keep veto ing everything Allen
        West should be the secratary of state he'd clean house…

        • Frank says:

          Ray LaHood is a Republican, of course, who served seven terms in Congress after his time spent in the Illinois House of Representatives.

          Just like all those "communists."

      • Glynnda's a communist. I saw her at the meetings.

      • muskegonlibertarian says:

        The Soviets did big showy projects too. Seems to be something that dictatorships do. The fact that these projects lose money probably doesn't matter to the people who run the Chinese government. They do these sort of things because of propaganda value, not because the project actually makes economic sense.

    2. reelman1946 says:

      Anyone who wanted to know that Obama was/is an arrogant apostle of utopian socialism only had to read his books in 2008…a kook hanging with kooks, believing kooks…so his cabinet and advisors are the same angry control freak get even utopians that have ruined nations for generations….these are NOT smart people but they are devious apostles of socialism…very clever at finding ways to take our freedoms…his cabinet has little real world private success. If Nov 2010 (when a record 730 dimdems got sent home) is any indication…the voters will crush the arrogant socialists and send this batch home…but alas, others will show up w/in ten years singing the same ole socialist class warfare, fuzzy buzz words and bold lies. Evil is like that.

      • Grumpyoldcoot says:

        ….but enough voter-kooks voted him into office without realizing that he had NO business experience, either as a business owner or as an employee, yet he purports to be an official guru re the economy and business.
        Our real problem is not politicians. Politician/idiots will always be in the wings, waiting to be elected. The problem is the uneducated, ignorant American voter who reads nothing, knows nothing about history or current events, and casts his votes based upon the nonsense thrown at us by the national liberal news media.

        You can also throw in those Republicans who refuse to raise their voices against Democrats who never seem to shut up. For once, I'd like to see a Republican who shows some stamina and who can really get excited! Maybe I have missed them because they are all in Arizona.

    3. Don says:

      maybe we can get a payroll deduction to send Mr.LaHood to live in China perminently

      • Payroll deduction? As taxpayers we're already paying for the idiot to spout his moronic crap!
        Lahood is just as incompetent as Obama and the rest of his appointees!
        Just put the whole lot of them on a plane and deport them to their beloved China!

    4. J Harman says:

      This is yet another clear picture of what we the citizen is dealing with. The desire for dictatorial control. They know better and make decisions better than those"3000" idea people. We need to find an island and put all of them on it. I stated "make decisions". I misspoke , they can't do this either. This is why the Post office, Amtrak and other government ventures are so successful. LaHood need to retire

      • Johncdavidson says:

        This is the first administration that does not have one single rational agency administrator.

      • Steve Jones says:

        Last I heard, Alkatraz is an island, as is Cuba (gitmo). Ahhh, one can dream!!!

    5. edward reese says:

      TRhe obama administration want to be more like the communi. And the surperise here, to anyone that sutudied obama BEFORE the 2008 election, or during the last 3 years, is………. Oh, there is no surprise.

    6. Chris Davis says:

      The first one to reach hell wins in this race… Congress was stupid for offering the money and California was equally as stupid for accepting it. Our entitlement attitude about getting something for nothing is going to take us as a nation straight to hell.

    7. airstream says:

      Ray LaHood is basically a cracked-pot. He has disappointed me on so many occasions, I have lost track. A typical Obama appointee, he lacks any credibility when it comes to this position and just another reason we need a regime change.

    8. Martin says:

      These people have told us for years whi they really are. The American people just refused to listen.

    9. jamesbbkk says:

      Also, travel by rail is anachronistic. Mankind has discovered better ways to move about, in any direction, without relying on animals or wind or locomotives on track.. Bet too that the price is woefully understated.

    10. bendix20 says:

      When are the people going to wake up to this lawless administration that picks and chooses which laws they want to adhere to. If this were a republican administration the left would be calling for impeachment by now. Instead since not following the law meets their needs they are quiet about it.

      • Johncdavidson says:

        Everyday, I await the awakening of those supporting this nonsense too many of us can't believe continues to move forward.

      • victorbarney says:

        Women, who almost ALONE, except for the 100% black 12% vote, I expect also may follow him to hell? However, being non-anglo-saxon, Obama can't be punished until 3 1/2 days following Obama's having the two-witnesses of Revelation, chapter 11 killed as written. It also is written that our CREATOR ALWAYS FIRST PUNISHES HIS OWN(ANGLO-SAXON) AMERICA. I'm also still wondering if WOMEN will be included with those "giving each other presents" when Obama finally has been allowed to have these two-witnesses killed? I certainly hope not! Just saying…

    11. @Spectricide says:

      So LaHood explains the difference between the two systems and you say that is an endorsement? Well if that's your jump off point I'm sure the rest of the article makes complete sense to you. You write what they want to hear. This is nothing more than some poo poo on some choo choo.

    12. dmw says:

      High Speed Rail: Another big government dog infested with so many fleas that our only option is to kick it out of the house. Used to be we got sidewalks, roads, and bridges to nowhere. Now it's multi-decabillion rail projects, the first phase of which begins in the middle and starts hundreds of miles from the riders they claim will use it. Only out of control gubments do such a thing. Let's build it using hand shovels and paint the railroad ties white so multitudes more can be "employed" and so-called Global Warming can be retarded. Unfortunately, the only thing being retarded here is seemingly fearless "leaders" who continue to be in denial that the federal government and the State of California are broke, yet still insist on dictating further boondoggles. As with other Statists (Marxists/Communists/Soicalists, etc.) they are insane!

      • Roy Fitz says:

        They’re not insane. They’re crazy. Why else would they insist on using “politically correct” language to hide their true colors? They’re not wolves in sheep’s clothing, they’re sfbs in sheep’s doo-doo.
        I can’t vote for Obama because I’m too lazy.

      • Ken Marx says:

        I agree with you that this is just a big government dog. . .It won't serve any towns in the I-5 corridor, let alone the major cities that might benefit from such a system.

        Hight speed rail CAN be a good thing, but it needs to be purpose built by private entrepreneurs. They could bring it in at a fraction of the cost of a government program covering the same territory. The difference is that they would be doing it to make money, whereas government does it to buy votes (and reputedly create jobs). Job creation is a side benefit that contributes to making money, but is a result, not a purpose.

        There are places that could benefit from a good high speed rail system. For instance, the three major metropolitan areas of Texas, Fort Worth-Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio are currently linked by inadequate and expensive highways. High speed downtown to downtown trains could also be air competitive. But it must come from the private sector, not government.

        At any rate, the California plan is just downright stupid!

    13. Johncdavidson says:

      What people like this don't understand is that here in America we still have property rights.

      In order to build an effective hiogh speed rail system, you would have to eliminate all curves in the right-of-way creating a straight path from one urban center to another. That is almost physically and economically unfeasable.

      Besides, why would anyone want to travel to most of the inner cities anymore.

    14. Mike says:

      We need to sweep all these mental midgets out of government. We need to require that any person running for office must pledge allegiance to the Unites States of America (no teleprompters), and pass a 5 th grade civics exam. If they fail these tests we send them to Guam, until it tips over and sinks…

    15. Larry Ray says:

      Is this total administration brain dead?

    16. Paul Thompson says:

      Democrats will do everything in their power to bankrupt America.

    17. Pragmatic says:

      The blatant misrepresentation of statements by this post are amazing. I'm pretty sure LaHood understands how communism works. In fact, he still prefers democracy and if you would include other excerpts from the article it's painfully obvious.

      From the article, pay particular attention to the line the follows the "quote" in this article:

      The Chinese are more successful [in building infrastructure] because in their country, only three people make the decision. In our country, 3,000 people do, 3 million. In a country where only three people make the decision, they can decide where to put their rail line, get the money, and do it. We don’t do it that way in America. LaHood said that despite this, democracy is still preferable. "We have the best system of government anywhere on the planet. It is the best. Because the people have their say," he said.

      • Bobbie says:

        actions speak louder than words Pragmatic and the words are pretty loud!!!

        • Pragmatic says:

          Which words? The ones where he says we have the best government? or the ones you want to believe?

          Also, the democratically elected government of Cali decided to do this – seems like more than 3 people deciding what to do doesn't it?

      • MyChoiceIsFreedom says:

        That line is simply another example of how politicians blow smoke up your butt. They don't listen to their constituents they follow their own agenda. And if you don't see the socialist agenda that the democrats are following, you are as much a part of the problem. Not to mention a fool.

      • Clearhead says:

        Okay, genius, I read the article and there is no "We have the best system of government anywhere on the planet. It is the best. Because the people have their say," line following the "quote". And even if there were such a statement, it would be completely laughable in its inferences — especially coming from Ray LaHoodie.

    18. Peter Turano says:

      If passenger railroads were economically feasible, private passenger rail service would exist on the BNSF, CSX, Norfork Southern, or the Union Pacific railroads (by-the-way, freight profits are doing well on these railroads). There is no profit in passenger rail service no matter how "romantic" passenger trains sound to people. It's time to give it up and defund AMTRACK.

    19. Roy Fitz says:

      Ah, Winning the Future! We are just ignorant peasants to be toyed with. We don't know what we're doing and we haven't been doing it for 231 years, much to zero's contempt. Ah, yes, we're "lazy", so "lazy", we apparently amassed a large chunk of the world's "loose change" and don't know how to properly use (spend) it.
      zero has a plan for your money. Trust it to zero to figure out how best to centralize the funds and choose the projects to put lazy (non union) Americans back to work, so the "lazy" will praise him and re-elect him.
      Socialism: Failed everywhere it's been tried and soon to fail here soon too. zero is the one to make it "work"?
      So, how is that "Hope and Change" when it's more of the same failed crap, in different era, er, area?

    20. Grumpyoldcoot says:

      [The bottom line is that high-speed rail is like pouring money down a hole. China's official institutions aren't known for transparency, but according to the Voice of America, "Even the [Chinese] national research institution, the Academy of Science, reported last year that at current investment and estimated passenger numbers, the trains will never collect enough in fares to repay construction loans."]

      Amy, this sounds like the future of the bogus rail system that Jerry Brown is ramming down our Californian throats. Our state is billions in debt, yet Brown and his thieves in Sacramento just passed a bill authorizing that more billions in bonds be issued for a rail system that will end up like AMTRAK. There seem to be no limits to spending here, and the politicians in Sacramento think that their money supply is endless. They are right! They have the taxpayers to fleece. I haven't seen any outcry in the news media, but that's no surprise. I am a California native and have witnessed the state's slide into debt and the culture's slide into the toilet.

    21. Reacher says:

      If I need to get somewhere in a hurry, I fly.
      If I have time, I love driving, plus I'll have transportation all along the way and at the destination
      But a train? Come on.
      If you understand thus concept, it needs no explanation.
      Should you not, no explanation is possible.
      I thought dimocrats wanted to look "Forward" .
      This train is great for freight …but so great for we the people ..

      • Jeanne Stotler says:

        The last time I rode a train,I went from W. Palm Beach to Alex,Va.. it took longer than to drive. There is only one rail in a lot of areas and we sat on sidings watching Palmettos grow, Dining car was understaffed and only one for two trains, one from Tmpa and ours combined, and very uncomfortable. At least when I drive I can pull into a rest stop and get a breath of fresh air, stop and eat in any restuarant I want, and if I choose I can stop overnight in a nice motel. No thanks if I don't fly and take a hour trip, I'll drive at my leisure and still beat th train.

    22. Daryn Kent-Duncan says:

      And there are still people in this country who want Obama to continue as president!!! They still don't know — or do they prefer — that he's a dictator who rejects our system of limited government, free markets, free people?

    23. Curt Krehbiel says:

      "LaHood—and President Obama—advocate high-speed rail in America by evoking the image of thousands of workers on the project."

      The thousands of workers on the project, together with the actual cost of the project, must be paid for by taxing millions of workers that would have spent the money in other areas of the economy thereby increasing gross national product. The high speed rail fiasco is merely a huge transfer of wealth from the private sector to another questionable venture thereby decreasing actual GNP.

    24. Reacher says:

      Why do none of my comments ever appear?

    25. Gill O’Teen says:

      da hood is just echoing the public comments of his lord and master back in 2008 when the unattired emperor proclaimed to all paying attention his deep devotion to maoism:

      "Everybody's watching what's going on in Beijing right now with the Olympics. Think about the amount of money that China has spent on infrastructure. Their ports, their train systems, their airports are all vastly the superior to us now, which means if you are a corporation deciding where to do business … you're starting to think, "Beijing looks like a pretty good option." Why aren't we doing the same thing?" http://www.moonbattery.com/archives/2008/08/obama

      • Pragmatic says:

        Don't confuse Obama saying that we should invest in modern infrastructure with being devoted to Maoism. There's a huge difference.

    26. DARLENE says:

      The answer is YES !! Does CLOWARD PIVEN STRATEGY RING A BELL?

    27. Jeanne Stotler says:

      I've heard people say they didn't vote as it was a sure thing Obama was going to win due the "Black" vote, this infuriates me a everyone eligible to vote, should vote, we need to get those "Lazy" voters to go to the polls, this is the most important election in our life time and a loss this time could be the end of our Republic and the Freedoms we are guaranteed under the Constitution. We need an honest, with ID's, election, no black panthers or thugs patroling the polls. TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY

    28. Blair Franconia, NH says:

      Privatize Conrail and Amtrak.

    29. bettyandart says:

      If the secretary wants to be like China then go take a"slow boat" to China!!!

    30. Randy Pye says:

      Having been a former Mayor, I think LaHood's points are more a focus of the way we talk development and infrastructure to death. Property rights mean nothing in this country anymore as long as we have weak spine elected officials who allow the environmental community to dominate the conversation. We need to seriously reign in the EPA which has become a darling of the enviro's because of NEPA, EIS requirements to do much of anything. It takes years to get through EPA requirements and thousands of hours of public comment which can come from anybody and anywhere without having any standing in the project. Let's get real and focus on the true issues. Anyone try to build a dam lately?

    31. Jan N. says:

      Americans Wake Up!!! We have nothing more than communist running our government. When you wake up one day and have nothing of your own and the government controls everything you do…you'll wonder what happened. I just heard something this morning on WJR about the president signing a bill that allows the government to take over all of the media in case of a crisis (could be of his own making)….WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU!!!t of you people have never heard of that…Well it's true….We must take our country back in November or were in deep trouble.

    32. Jan N. says:

      Americans Wake Up!!! We have nothing more than communist running our government. When you wake up one day and have nothing of your own and the government controls everything you do…you'll wonder what happened. I just heard something this morning on WJR about the president signing a bill that allows the government to take over all of the media in case of a crisis (could be of his own making)….WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU!!!t of you people have never heard of that…Well it's true….We must take our country back in November or were in deep trouble.

      • Jeanne Stotler says:

        He signed an executive order in Marh, not only take over the media, he will contol all food, utilities and anything else we need to get by, he will in other words become a dictator. He has abused the EO, and no one is saying a word. He is by passing congress just o get control over us, he is a dangerous, evil man and America better wake up.

    33. Mustang says:

      I suggest the easy way to get rid of this vermin is to send him and his communist family to communist China on a one way ticket never to have the SOB return to this Great Nation

    34. Mustang says:

      I suggest the easy way to get rid of this vermin is to send him and his communist family to communist China on a one way ticket never to have the guy return to this Great Nation

    35. Mustang says:

      I suggest the easy way to get rid of this vermin is to pack his a$$ up and send him and his communist family to communist China on a one way ticket never to have the SOB return to this Great Nation

    36. Mustang says:

      Evidently this site doesn't like anyone telling this communist where to go which is straight to China where He belongs

    37. Mustang says:

      I'm sorry, I didn't realize this is a liberal communist site where freedom of speech is limited orr should I say not allowed if it offends the Democrat/communist way of life

    38. O. P. says:

      Has Amtrack turned out to be a great investment run by the government? Maybe if we double down and spend much more money than we have, we can have a empty train that runs three times as fast.

    39. chatmandu002 says:

      Obama, LaHood and all the democrats are so intent on spending they can't see past their noses. Logic and restraint are out the window in their quest to be big government.

    40. Leith N. Wood says:

      Send Mr. LaHood on a very slow, one way trip to China, where he will do what he's told or pay the price.

    41. phrowt says:

      It has been over 50 years since I almost failed English in High School. It seems many producers of the written word must have done at least as poorly as myself. I ask you, why you provide a quote that makes no sense, …"In our country, 3,000 people do, 3 million."… and then follow it with, "That sounds like a direct rebuttal to LaHood, but Washington Post editorial writer Charles Lane wrote that back in April 2011." Can you tell me about the "but"? I just want to make sense out of whatever I take the time to read with my limited understanding of English sentence structure. I'm sure I made a few errors in this short observation.

    42. Ken Jarvis says:

      It would be GREAT is we were as Smart as China.
      They have ALL of that $$$
      and we have ALL of that debt.
      I Remember when the USA was the Greatest Country in the World.
      HF and the GOP ended that.

    43. Ken Jarvis says:

      It would be GREAT is we were as Smart as China.
      They have ALL of that $$$
      and we have ALL of that debt.
      I Remember when the USA was the Greatest Country in the World.
      HF and the GOP ended that.

    44. Dr. Henry Sinopoli says:

      Heritage…Wake-up…what's wrong with being like China…1) they own a large percentage of our country, 2) their philosophy is the guiding focus of Obama, 3) most major universities embrace their teachings and 4) we now believe the state is much better at raising our children than a mother & father…

      A train is only one fast way to get to be like China…our life-time politicians have had us on a slow boat for years…"all aboard!"

    45. Wes Evans says:

      Any time I hear a political say it is for the people or that the people want this I ask what people? In almost all instances there are very few will benefit from what are usually boondoggles that waist the public's money and are ripped off by a few political insiders. It is these insiders who are the people that want these boondoggles.

    46. Blair Franconia, NH says:

      Communist China should be more like us.

    47. Doc Hilliard says:

      "High Speed Rail" is a contradiction in terms. Far better for the USA and Americans to dig a deep and wide sea-level canal along our southern border from San Diego to Brownsville.

    48. alexander Ilnyckyj says:

      I have read the comments and I am happy to see that there are Americans in this country that understand what this regime is wanting to do. This regime wants to turn this Republic into a marxist nation where one person will have the power to rule over the American people.I am an immigrant from the former soviet union and I do see the chage and it's slow but steady. One step at a time. The healthcare was the first giant step and the supreme court was the next step and I believe that roberts was put there for this reason.We are starting on the road to ONE WORLD ORDER, welcome my fellow Americans and you better get used to the word Comrade, that's what's coming if we don't take our country back from this evil regime.

    49. Bell says:

      Three people controling the lives of thosands…how evil of them. And this is the way some of our own countrymen think? Maybe those that want to live like that should go over there and see if they'll have a happy life. That goes for any that love the muslum ways…go live in their country if you like their ways. Personally, I like my country and our freedoms and that our people can actually vote for more than one person and not just have three people doing all the talking and thinking for us.

    50. Why try compare us to a failing foreign system? We do not issue permits like the socialists because we are not Americans are basically a conservative people.Socialism is contrary to personal opportunity. Socialists have duty not choice. Though a balance is difficult in capitalism-with- heart and outright Fascism, we have come pretty close to that balance in these United States. Every industry and individual need free choice to prosper. Whose nose is being held to the grindstone? Those who prosper. Those who fail disappear in the dust. This is scientific.

    51. Pamela says:

      OMGOSH Are you kidding me? I hope and pray you are getting this all out to the public. The biggest problem is people like my Aunt and Mother who never watch FOX and never read things like this , have no internet and don't believe O is bad. There are millions of people out there like them that need to hear all of this. Since they are strong Catholics I would hope and pray that their priest are speaking out against O. But I doubt it very much. It seems people are afraid anymore.
      I wish I could make a difference to all those people. I hope Romney gets his head on straight and learns to FIGHT a good fight for all of us and not the people that will try to put money in his pockets.

    52. brian conway says:

      Why are LaHoods, a part of this regimes comments surprising? They are socialists, if not out and out commies.

    53. Casey Carlton says:

      Ray DaHood is another mistake of the Obama era. DaHood, like Obama, is a socialist, or statist, or whatever term you wish to describe the misguided souls who think more government is the answer.

    54. Ed Westervelt says:

      Isn't all theseefforts for "high Speed Rail" part of the Agenda 21 scheme: Transportationbetween confined urban centers? How else can they be justified? Certainly not from any anticipated useage in our society today.

    55. Bobbie says:

      The bottom line is, they're not listening to America.
      America is here to save people from communism, not take ideas from communist countries to start it up. Let the private sector build the infrastructure. the government was suppose to have jobs and finish jobs with the stimulus money that the government didn't get started!

    56. Joseph McKennan says:

      After reading the first two paragraphs I went to the comments.
      LaHood – isn't that what the french call a crook. At least they are not playing word games any more. We the following: BHO, Reid, Pelosi, LaHood, Sebelius,…. are die hard communists and we want to force our opinions down America's throat so shut up and open your mouth.
      .,

    57. southc0ast says:

      November cannot arrive soon enough to commence the purge Washington D.C. So richly deserves.

    58. Cosmo says:

      China also doesn't have to fight a tyrannical EPA or the eco-terrorists who make building anything impossible through continuous litigation.

    59. billd says:

      These comments do not surprise me, as this is typical of the Socialist mindset of our current leaders. I say if they want this type of government then go to Cuba, China or any of a dozen countries that already have it. they can have all the power that the "3" will let them have. Our country is a Republic not a Communist country.

    60. anne says:

      to borrow a phrase: in the garden of beasts (should be required reading) and evidently there's more than one garden

    61. rusty says:

      I wonder if this Lahood idiot knows, or cares, that any one of these "3 people" can also take your property, have you arrested, imprisoned and or shot any time they feel like it?? If this system is what he or any other fool like him wants., why don't they apply for citizenship in China?

    62. ANONYMOUS says:

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