Lisa Benson by Lisa Benson

Lisa Benson

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  1. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, 9 months ago

    A lot like Obamacare and free houses for everybody!
    Sounds great until people realize that it will never work and will just make everybody poorer.

  2. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, 9 months ago

    Work is good. Railroads are good. Hi-speed rails are better than low speed. Have a project. Have a good project. Work work work.

  3. Zme

    Zme said, 9 months ago

    @ConserveGov:
    Perhaps you should read your history. The government involvement in transport infrastructure has worked every time: ports, canals, railways, roads, and airports. This involvement ranges from facilitation (granting of rights of way and land-giveaways) to construction (interstates). In all cases, jobs were created (both construction and usage) and commerce increased.

    High speed rail (as shown by Europe, Japan and China) is a very efficient way to move people between major metropolises 100km to 750km apart.

  4. swr

    swr said, 9 months ago

    @wmconelly

    only it will not be highspeed since they have to use some existing roadbed in built up areas. and when finished it will still cost more for a ticket and take longer then a plane ride, and there are only like two dozen planes a day going both ways.

  5. swr

    swr said, 9 months ago

    @Zme

    the first major canal, the Erie, was built with private funds, so was the Golden Gate Bridge, may dams and roads as well.
    While I do agree that facilitating transportation is a legitimate function of government, especially on multistate project it has not always been so nor has it always been faster or better, See Big Dig.

  6. Francis Lapeyre

    Francis Lapeyre GoComics PRO Member said, 9 months ago

    It’s a WOMBAT project – waste of money, brains, and time.

  7. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, 9 months ago

    I quit responding to Deerflatener months ago as he is another one more interested in fueling the fires of conflict than extinguishing them.
    One of Amtrak’s biggest problems is the railroad tendency to give cargo more priority than people. The number of lines reduced from four, three, and two to just one single line creates bottlenecks and delays and makes stops at smaller towns impractical.
    The example I was writing was too long… here’s the short of it…
    Politicians, lobbyists, and financially interested people should take a back seat to experts in social science and transportation so that roads, railroads, bike lanes, walkers, and even routes for people using horses and horse carts can be provided without the wasteful, polluting, and financially impractical short term solutions our lobbyist driven legislators are providing.
    We need high speed rail, light rail, cargo rail, and every type of road and highway our modes of travel can use. People need to be able to move from one place to another in safety and efficiency.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  8. mskemple

    mskemple said, 9 months ago

    @Respectful Troll

    Good post as usual , nice to know you are still out there . I try to follow the example you and some others set of resisting the temptations of name calling and such. I am always drawn to posts that are polite and informative , no matter the political leanings of the poster. I want to personally thank you for setting a good example on such a consistent basis. M S

  9. cubefarmer

    cubefarmer said, 9 months ago

    Pot, kettle, black, troll.

  10. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne GoComics PRO Member said, 9 months ago

    @Overtaxed

    I’m told by a long term resident of Munich (the one in Germany, the foreign one, yes) that their public transport system actually makes a small profit.

    Instead of screaming ‘SOCIALIST’ every time someone offers up a plan to put people to work, get people to work, generally include working people in the culture – maybe we should send a team to Germany to check out their plan.

    Unless the GOP plan (which would probably be the one you’d be supporting) is simply to give public transportation the same treatment they are giving health care. No one but the obscenely rich need apply, but just in case someone might be able to make some use of it, they’ll cripple it by making schedules as useless as possible, and unreliable to boot, and keep pushing the rates up.

    Just how much destruction are we willing to countenance in the interest of banishing a boogie-man?

    That’s what the GOP socialism is – a boogie-man. So just check carefully under your bed, make sure the teddy bear is on the alert, and sleep safely. The socialism monster really can’t get you.

  11. exoticdoc2

    exoticdoc2 said, 9 months ago

    CA has that in common with the Obamanation. He will shove his hideously moronic Obamanationcare not the pu8blic’s throat whether they want it or not, just as the corrupt politicians and unions in CA will force this massive waste of taxpayer dollars along by any means necessary.

  12. l84lnup

    l84lnup said, 9 months ago

    i’m sorry but passenger train travel no matter how fast is never going to be as fast as air travel. except in densely populated areas, where the trains can’t go as fast as car travel. this means that in most cases it will be within the same state with a few exceptions. therefore it is up to the state governments to decide if it will meet the needs of it’s population. but i will ask the 800 lb gorilla question. if this service is so needed and has potential to make lots of money, why hasn’t it been done by the privet sector already? the obvious answer they loose money all across the nation. without the ability to raise taxes on people, who in many cases don’t even use the services. now i ask in the best socialist manner is that fair?

  13. Quipss

    Quipss said, 9 months ago

    @ConserveGov

    low mortgage bars are not paramount to free houses. It was a generally bad bipartisan idea that intended to address climbing rent costs by making it so people could buy homes to live in

    Suffice to say this proved to be a very bad idea as many people whom couldn’t pay rent were unable to pay mortgage when the collector came calling.

    Social housing might have proven the way to go. But unfortunately the US has the group everything at one spot mentality. Rather than sifting the poor through all areas in an effort to get rid of impoverished areas, instead concentrates the poverty

  14. Quipss

    Quipss said, 9 months ago

    have you ever heard of the railway bubble, this minor event was the longest depression in recorded history, private sector failed

  15. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, 9 months ago

    @ Gore Bane & swr & deerslayer Fellas, I’m in favor of things that work without screwing up the lives liberty or pursuit of happiness of other people. I like railroads. I’ve ridden ‘em a lot in England. They’re like going to work work work in your living room. Can you dig rolling office space that somebody else steers and doesn’t need to be filled with gas? Think about it. Know what else? When a fella bloody well feels like it, he can STILL drive his car! Or fly a plane. Or bike. Or ride a skateboard. Or walk. Imagine!

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