Governor Brown on why California needs a high-speed rail line:
Gov. Jerry Brown is on a mission to prevent the United States from becoming a Third World country, and he says the solution is a high-speed railroad in California. ”We’re not going to be a Third World country if I have anything to do with it,” Brown said in a Friday morning interview on KCBS-AM in San Francisco. Fourteen countries already have high-speed rail, but the United States does not.
Having a high-speed rail line is hardly a prerequisite for first-world status. Factors like the quality of the education system, health care, income levels are the standard metrics used by economists. All programs being heavily cut by the Brown Administration.
However, it is interesting how many cities and states fool themselves into building things like trains and sports stadiums — for appearances. The thinking is that anyone living without such things is merely third-class. Because, well, trains and stadiums are way more sexy than maintaining a world-class university or health care system.