Lisa Benson by Lisa Benson

Lisa Benson

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  1. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, 6 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, 6 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, 6 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. Overtaxed

    Overtaxed GoComics PRO Member said, 6 months ago

    So called high sped rail is another future failure of the World’s Biggest Loser administration and Congress. The idiots can’t even make Amcrash work without losing money, equipment constantly breaking down, stations falling apart, and trains constantly running late. When you confront them, what is the response. We need more time and money. If you ask them how much time and money, you will never get a solid answer, other than more. Socialists always want more for their failed programs. The only way high speed rail ever worked is if you have cities very close together like in Europe, Japan, and China. Yes, China. Ever check a map of China? All the cities are very close to each other. The rest of the country is extremely rural. Unlike here with cities all over the place. Plus, passenger rail isn’t fair, which is what socialism is all about. Rural people not living anywhere near a station get no service, but they still have to pay through the nose for it. This explains why every socialist idea is nothing more than a concept thought up by some overpaid and never worked socialist university professor who would definitely fail in the private sector. On top of that, there is a reason why the private sector freight railroads PAID government to take the passenger operations off their hands. They were losing more money in passenger operations than the freight market could support and socialist government regulations were making sure they were going to fail. Nixon actually did them a favor with Amtrak. But the price was the taxpayers paying for it ever since. The correct solution would have been to shut it down cold turkey. If any socialists complain, send them to Europe. That is, if Europeans let them in after the latest round of Obama spying. Socialism is for deadbeats and losers.

  5. Overtaxed

    Overtaxed GoComics PRO Member said, 6 months ago

    So called high sped rail is another future failure of the World’s Biggest Loser administration and Congress. The idiots can’t even make Amcrash work without losing money, equipment constantly breaking down, stations falling apart, and trains constantly running late. When you confront them, what is the response. We need more time and money. If you ask them how much time and money, you will never get a solid answer, other than more. Socialists always want more for their failed programs. The only way high speed rail ever worked is if you have cities very close together like in Europe, Japan, and China. Yes, China. Ever check a map of China? All the cities are very close to each other. The rest of the country is extremely rural. Unlike here with cities all over the place. Plus, passenger rail isn’t fair, which is what socialism is all about. Rural people not living anywhere near a station get no service, but they still have to pay through the nose for it. This explains why every socialist idea is nothing more than a concept thought up by some overpaid and never worked socialist university professor who would definitely fail in the private sector. On top of that, there is a reason why the private sector freight railroads PAID government to take the passenger operations off their hands. They were losing more money in passenger operations than the freight market could support and socialist government regulations were making sure they were going to fail. Nixon actually did them a favor with Amtrak. But the price was the taxpayers paying for it ever since. The correct solution would have been to shut it down cold turkey. If any socialists complain, send them to Europe. That is, if Europeans let them in after the latest round of Obama spying. Socialism is for deadbeats and losers.

  6. swr

    swr said, 6 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.

  7. swr

    swr said, 6 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.

  8. Francis Lapeyre

    Francis Lapeyre GoComics PRO Member said, 6 months ago

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

  9. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, 6 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.

  10. mskemple

    mskemple said, 6 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

  11. me9970

    me9970 said, 6 months ago

    @Zme

    If government intervention is so great, than Amtrack should be wonderful! But its a joke!

  12. cubefarmer

    cubefarmer said, 6 months ago

    Pot, kettle, black, troll.

  13. Adrian Snare

    Adrian Snare said, 6 months ago

    @wmconelly

    Tis obvious to me, at least, that Mr Conelly’s post is far closer to the truth than the one from the ConserveGov.
    I just hope that others see it the same way.
    Conservatism today has been “vilified” – by the conservatives..
    The Liberals have only exposed it….

  14. Adrian Snare

    Adrian Snare said, 6 months ago

    @Zme

    This is a sample of what we need to counter the conservative arguments…
    Or, do the conservatives really wish for us to remain as a backward nation (health care, metrics, education, and now high speed rail ) .

  15. Adrian Snare

    Adrian Snare said, 6 months ago

    @Overtaxed

    Deerflarener…
    Lies and insults do not make a good argument..
    Can you explain why high speed rail works in Germany and Japan (IMO, the worlds two most advanced nations)…yet not here at home…???

    The lie…
    “passenger rail is not “fair”, which is what socialism is all about….this is the lie..
    Socialism , IMO, is about being fair – to both the rich and the poor…
    What I see is a hatred for “socialism” which upsets your argument…
    Remove this hate with knowledge and love, then, maybe our nation can go places..

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