Don't bail out Brown for spending enormous public money on HSR instead of on CA schools. Vote NO on Prop. 30.
Original post made by Robert on Oct 30, 2012
on Oct 30, 2012 at 12:11 pm
Have mailed in my ballot and voted NO on both tax measures. It's a shell game folks, plain and simple.
on Oct 30, 2012 at 1:23 pm
Why spin this in the context of bailing out Brown ... it's not Brown that needs bailing out, it's our schools.
I agree with you mostly on High-Speed Rail, but rail is the fastest most efficient way to transport freight on the scale that American cities are spread apart ... assuming the HSR is at least partially for freight transport, and we do need investment in improving our infrastructure.
My complain about HSR has always centered around the plan for the Peninsula corridor, which is absurd to have it running up whole Peninsula where the trains currently run.
There was an interesting program on PBS the other night called Race 2012, about the political race and the question of race. It is clear that much of this Conservative economic concentration is about NOT paying for children's education that we - mostly older, mostly white, mostly taxed American feel that are not indicative of our values and who will sustain what we think of as our American legacy. The problem is that killing the public schools is like cutting off our noses to spite our faces.
Jerry Brown when he was running for office said he was going to find out whether when the question is put to Americans whether they will pay for their country or not. At least if we say no it should be understood for what it is.
on Oct 30, 2012 at 2:04 pm
I am so disappointed in Jerry Brown. But, then, he never had children and probably doesn't have a real clue about the school situation.
Also, he has lived in Tokyo, and should k ow that it takes a huge, huge city like that for HSR to even break even. Some countries, such as Spain, France, and Germany, find their HSR is losing money. Germany discontinued its ICE (intercity express) line years ago. The only place in this country that it might reasonably work,is the East Coast Megalopolis area. It really requires an enormous amount of ridership to pay for itself.
I honestly do not think Jerry Brown studied this well enough. HSR could well sink itself and the state. As could the current school situation