Lisa Benson by Lisa Benson

Lisa Benson

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  1. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, 12 months ago

    ^^I’d rather keep my money to take care of my family than have Jerry and you liberals tell me that I need an $80,000,000,000 choo-choo train that will do nothing to improve my quality of life.
    You Lefties always like to spend other people’s hard-earned money.

  2. MangeyMoose

    MangeyMoose said, 12 months ago

    The French have had one in operation for decades, as have the Japanese. I don’t know if Putin dropped it, but the Russians were looking at the Mag-Lev" high-speed train.
    Here, in the land of technology and innovation, we…….ooops, I forgot. We’re in the land of profits!

  3. denis1112

    denis1112 said, 12 months ago

    @earthworm

    You mean like go to work and pay taxes to support your do nothing butt?“Free,free, free,everyone with a job pays for me”.
    We get you.

  4. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, 12 months ago

    Public transportation is a blessing for big cities where traffic is miserable and parking is mostly non-existent. Everyone who thinks otherwise has never lived in a city that has subways or other forms of light rail. Buses are not the answer, as they crowd the streets even more, and stop traffic constantly. Trains, on the other hand, allow comfortable commuting. When you get there, you’re there: no circling blocks looking for a space or paying hundreds per month in a parking garage. Plus it reduces air pollution and demand for gasoline, which (in a true supply/demand system, which the oil industry is immune from) should reduce cost per gallon for those of us who choose to/have to drive.

    High speed rail gets you there…..faster. High speed travel is even more valuable than low-speed travel. And no one said any of it is free, regardless of what your brain tells you to think. But imagine this: sometimes an investment now saves you money later. Time to stop thinking just about the next election cycle and to think long-term, as the former has brought our economy to a standstill.

    I lived in Boston for four years. I took the “T” everywhere. The only reason to have a car in Boston is to be able to leave Boston. If you want to do anything in town, take the “T”. I saved a fortune. I also drove a taxi there while I lived there, and can tell you that driving in Boston is only worthwhile (almost) if someone is paying you for your aggravation.

    YOU may not want to ride a train. Doesn’t make it a bad idea.

  5. Tax Man

    Tax Man said, 12 months ago

    Unless this train is going to run from Los Angelas to San Francisco, with no stops in between, it is a waste of money (like most liberal ideas). If it makes stops in between, it will not have the distances to get up to speed. But, then again, the Liberal constitution says that the goal is to take money from those who earned it and waste it on any scheme that comes to mind.

  6. jack75287

    jack75287 said, 12 months ago

    @earthworm

    Do you and old know how dumb and hateful you sound.

  7. jack75287

    jack75287 said, 12 months ago

    @denis1112

    “You mean like go to work and pay taxes to support your do nothing butt?“Free,free, free,everyone with a job pays for me”.
    We get you”.

    Amen brother.

  8. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, 12 months ago

    So what you’re saying is that if this train connects to any of the commuter communities between LA and SF, thus potentially reducing freeway traffic and smog caused by autos on the freeway, it’s an utter waste of money.

  9. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, 12 months ago

    @Tax Man

    Absolutely correct. Stop any liberal in any part of the country. Ask him or her what he or she would want more than anything. I KNOW that person will say, “I want to take money from those who earned it and waste it on any scheme that comes to mind.”

    And if you stop any conservative and ask the same question, the answer will certainly be: “I want to take all my tax money from anyone who is poor or needy and spend it on weapons so we can go around the world and kill people.”

    The real world is different. Try it sometime.

  10. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, 12 months ago

    Cars, cars, cars, cars, oceans of spewing, mewling, stuck and sucking cars; Lisa, some people just don’t want to sit cooking in ‘em. Some people would like to ride to work in office-like conditions, comfortable seating where they can read, brain storm, study, engage in productive activities or simply daydream. To me this is not a ’conservative’ versus ‘liberal’ issue; this is a Piling More Crap versus Productive Use issue.

  11. colcam

    colcam said, 12 months ago

    @Jase99

    Which people from those commuter communities will pay a reasonable fee on a per trip basis that makes the operation self supporting after a five year ramp up period?

  12. Silmenume

    Silmenume said, 12 months ago

    Unless the route has changed to train is not going from LA to SF – so it won’t be servicing the most important travel route in the state. Second because it is such a boondoggle several long stretches will only travel at 60 MPH on existing track to keep costs down. So it won’t be a “Super train”. Third several studies on ridership and costs show that not many people are interested in riding this train because it doesn’t go where it could do some good, the travel time is too long and the ticket cost it too expensive – which means it will never reach a ridership level where it will pay for itself.

    So currently have a multibillion dollar project that fails on all account. For people who “commute” to SF from LA there already exists a faster and cheaper means to commute – airflight. The nice thing is that it does connect the two cities directly, its cheap AND self-supporting, its not going to displace farmers and other persons like the train will, its easily expandable at trivial cost and its faster.

    So I’m lost. What service is this train going to bring to society as a whole?

  13. AlnicoV

    AlnicoV said, 12 months ago

    @Silmenume

    The airlines take in subsidies an amount far greater than the entire cost of this project, every year. And the airlines have never truly been self supporting.

  14. mikefive

    mikefive said, 12 months ago

    @annette143

    “In slashdot.org I read about a road made with springs …”

    Using the search string “electricity generating road” I could find no reference to the road design you mentioned at that site. As a concept, it sounds good, but I can see quite a number issues that could make the concept impractical to implement without a detailed life cycle study.

  15. Zuhlamon

    Zuhlamon said, 12 months ago

    Just want to point out that the high-speed rail project was mandated by the voters of CA in a state-wide Proposition. Problem is that the assumed funding for the project was (and is) not correctly specified – “the math was wrong”, is one way of putting it.
    .
    Personally, I think it would have been money well spent, but at a different time and with better funding
    .
    Regardless, those of you who decry “liberals” and “socialists” and “Kalifornia” (ad nauseum), I’m sure your state doesn’t have it’s burdensome share of idjit laws and mandates.

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