Thursday, February 10, 2011

Thinking Big

The President traveled to Michigan today to talk up high speed internet.  This is just days after talking up high speed rail.  If you are against this, how do you explain how South Korea and Romania and Cuba and many other nations are able to afford to hook everyone up to high speed connections, but we are not?  If we could build the transcontinental railroad after the Civil War, and the Interstate Highway System after World War II, we can certainly do this.  We have to do it just to catch up to what other countries are doing.

While the President is going around the country getting people excited about these kinds of infrastructure investments, helping us dream about faster internet access and getting from place to place quickly without all the hassles of airplane travel, the Republicans in Congress are talking about cutting funds for education, clean air, clean water, veterans benefits, redevelopment projects, and all kinds of other good stuff.  I wonder who's going to be more popular next election year?

1 comment:

  1. I just returned from a trip to Spain. While there, I traveled from Madrid to Seville, about the same distance as from Phoenix to Los Angeles, on a bullet train. The trip took about 2.5 hours. A much more expensive plane trip takes a minimum of 2 hours, if you include parking and hanging around the airport for a solid hour before you board. A driving trip across Arizona and California to L.A. takes about 6 hours.

    It's so hard for me to fathom why we don't push these things through.

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