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Now Obama Wants To Build A $5 Billion Bullet Train From Las Vegas To Nowhere
Business Insider ^ | 03/25/2012 | Michael Blood

Posted on 03/25/2012 4:46:11 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Edited on 03/25/2012 4:51:53 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) -- On a dusty, rock-strewn expanse at the edge of the Mojave Desert, a company linked to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wants to build a bullet train that would rocket tourists from the middle of nowhere to the gambling palaces of Las Vegas.


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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Society
KEYWORDS: bullettrain; lasvegas; obama

1 posted on 03/25/2012 4:46:22 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

2 posted on 03/25/2012 4:47:09 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (question)
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To: SeekAndFind

So what happens when ‘The BIg One’ hits California?


3 posted on 03/25/2012 4:49:32 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Mormon control of the Senate is a problem.


4 posted on 03/25/2012 4:51:54 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: SeekAndFind
If it actually went into LA it might work if the fares were reasonable, but this idea will never work.
5 posted on 03/25/2012 4:51:54 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: SeekAndFind
Best solution for gambling is to move it over to the internet and shut down the clubs and gambling joints.

There's simply no need for all that glitz and waste.

6 posted on 03/25/2012 4:53:00 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: SeekAndFind

Republicans for Reid??? No real Republican could support Dingy Harry. They must be “on the take” from Reid funnelling federal goodies their way.


7 posted on 03/25/2012 4:53:55 PM PDT by Lysandru
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To: SeekAndFind
The best gambling on Earth could be an Ap on your Android or IPhone!

Vegas is a relic and ruin waiting to happen.

8 posted on 03/25/2012 4:54:29 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: SeekAndFind
'Agenda 21' alert. Restricting flow of the masses while at the same time using their tax dollars to fuel the 'Union' Democrat party campaign donations machine.
9 posted on 03/25/2012 4:54:44 PM PDT by FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs
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To: SeekAndFind

Whatever happened to the mag-lev train that was to be built between LA and Vegas?


10 posted on 03/25/2012 4:57:30 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: SeekAndFind

It has to be along an Agenda 21 proposed corridor.


11 posted on 03/25/2012 5:01:05 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: SeekAndFind

What pikers!! California is now projecting around $100 billion for their bullet train to nowhere. (Any bets that the actual costs end up far exceeding the current “estimates”?)


12 posted on 03/25/2012 5:01:09 PM PDT by Bob
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To: SeekAndFind
I can't think of a better Obama memorial then an unaffordable express to nowhere.
13 posted on 03/25/2012 5:01:30 PM PDT by dog breath
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To: SeekAndFind

Just when you thought they couldn’t do something more stupid, they come up with this. When they come up w/a train that can do 500 mph, then we can talk.

Pray for America


14 posted on 03/25/2012 5:01:36 PM PDT by bray (Power to We the People)
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To: Bob
HIGH-SPEED TRAIN_2
15 posted on 03/25/2012 5:09:27 PM PDT by BobP (The piss-stream media - Never to be watched again in my house)
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To: SeekAndFind

the other link that is rediculous is from fresno to merced. that is the first link that will be built and ridership will be very low. from san francisco to los angeles would make far more sense, or from los angeles to san diego. no matter estimates are that it will be 20 years before the first run. over 1,000,000,000 dollars goes into engineering and environmental studies


16 posted on 03/25/2012 5:10:13 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: SeekAndFind

This was Harry Reid’s request under the stimulus bill. I remember doing a parody on the song, people get ready, there’s a Train a coming, the night that stimulus bill was passed.

The train was to run between Disneyland and Las Vegas. I believe that $800 million dollars was allocated for the train. i’ve been wondering what happened to the money. I should have known that it was being held back for the election,

Can you imagine sending vacationing families from Disneyland on to Las Vegas?


17 posted on 03/25/2012 5:11:00 PM PDT by Eva
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To: SeekAndFind

Since the Big 0 told everyone to stay out of Vegas, Reid needs something to boost his polls.

Staying out of Vegas is the only thing that I have done.

While the card dealing, bed making and casino unions keep supporting Reid, I will not be back.


18 posted on 03/25/2012 5:17:20 PM PDT by hadaclueonce (you are paying 12% more for fuel because of Ethanol. Smile big Corn Lobby,)
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To: SeekAndFind

People get ready there’s a train coming
You don’t need no baggage you just get on board
All you need is some faith to hear the diesels humming
And you don’t need a ticket you just thank Harry Reid.

I’ll let you people get ready for the train to Vegas
You don’t need a ticket you just get on board

A large chunk of or stimulus money was allocated for the preparations for Harry Reid’s train.


19 posted on 03/25/2012 5:24:12 PM PDT by Eva
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To: Eva
the pos is a swindling pimp
20 posted on 03/25/2012 5:26:03 PM PDT by ldish (Looking forward to Independence Day)
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To: SeekAndFind
I propose a theme song for the project:

Train to Nowhere--the Champs

21 posted on 03/25/2012 5:45:00 PM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: ldish

What do you really think. I am with you!


22 posted on 03/25/2012 5:48:00 PM PDT by DooDahhhh (ma)
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To: ldish
Apparently, the money for the train to Vegas was not specifically spelled out in he stimulus bill, but instead was left open for competitive projects, much like the transportation grant and reinvestment act that Patty Murray proposed for a coal terminal in WA State, for the company that employs her husband.

In a town that loves to connect the dots, the funding increase raised suspicions that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who played a key role in writing the bill, pushed for it in order to promote home-state interests, namely the Anaheim-to-Las Vegas project.

"Tell me how spending $8billion in this bill to have a high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and Las Vegas is going to help the construction worker in my district," House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio said as he and all his fellow Republicans voted against the stimulus. Republicans cited the rail project in accusing Democrats of breaking their word to keep the bill free of pet projects.

A Reid spokesman said the money was not being earmarked for any specific project but would be available on a competitive basis. "This was a major priority for President [Barack] Obama, and Sen. Reid as a conferee supported it," said Jon Summers.

"It's not just specifically for us," said Bruce Aguilera, chairman of the California-Nevada Super Speed Train Commission, which plans to seek funding for the $12 billion to $14 billion project.

Proposals for magnetic levitation trains that could travel 300 m.p.h. and whisk passengers between Anaheim and Las Vegas in 86 minutes have been floated for decades as a way to ease traffic on Interstate Highway 15 and reduce pollution -- and, of course, help the Las Vegas economy. The project's boosters hope the stimulus money will help get it moving.

A number of high-speed rail projects have been proposed nationwide and are expected to compete for funds.

23 posted on 03/25/2012 5:54:48 PM PDT by Eva
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Wait, so you have to drive to Victorville, in the middle of the desert, to hop a train to Vegas? Who the F would do that? Why would they do that? What happens to your unattended car, roasting in the desert while you're in Vegas WITHOUT YOUR CAR?

Do there exist people so incredibly stupid that think this is a good idea?

24 posted on 03/25/2012 6:03:04 PM PDT by boop (I hate hippies and dopeheads. Just hate them. ...Ernest Borgnine)
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To: muawiyah
One of these years Miami is going to have casinoes, and on the water. That will sink LasVegas, because everyone east of the Rockies will prefer to go to Miami instead of out to the middle of the desert.
25 posted on 03/25/2012 6:15:02 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: SeekAndFind

You are a great poster. However, a request: Longer excerpts, please.


26 posted on 03/25/2012 6:29:49 PM PDT by citizen (The Dims will all unite for Zero. We must soon unite behind our challenger and back him to victory!)
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To: dfwgator

“So what happens when ‘The BIg One’ hits California?”

Once global warming is fixed, there will be no need to worry about earthquakes. /sarc


27 posted on 03/25/2012 6:37:10 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Solyent Pink is Sheeple!!!!)
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RE: You are a great poster. However, a request: Longer excerpts, please.

My original post was quite long and within the 300 word limit. However, the moderators CUT IT EVEN FURTHER because apparently, AP stories should be excerpted even shorter.


28 posted on 03/25/2012 6:53:05 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (question)
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That’s fine...as long as he’s on it.


29 posted on 03/25/2012 7:41:58 PM PDT by quantim (Obama = #theoccupier on twitter.)
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To: SeekAndFind

High-speed rail might make economic sense in the NE corridor, Boston to Washington, the only part of the US where population density resembles Japan or parts of Europe.

But not anywhere else in this country. One that was recently proposed was Orlando to Tampa, with the claim that this would cut the trip to an hour. Just drove this today. Took 1.4 hours. At 60 mph. (I’ve slowed down to save gas. Works, too. 37 mpg in a Pontiac Vibe.)

And my understanding is that these trains even in Europe and Japan still require major subsidies from taxes.


30 posted on 03/25/2012 7:47:35 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Lysandru

If the Repubs weren’t such weenies they’d get opposition research going around the clock digging into dirty Harry’s finances from A to Z. Methinks enough there to burn him out of the Senate.


31 posted on 03/25/2012 7:53:54 PM PDT by pankot
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To: SeekAndFind

So, how are they going to get past the greenies who sue in federal court to stop construction because the project will endanger the limited population of the Southwest Donkey-Eared Yellow Bellied Toad.

Besides that, I’m sure many Libs will be against it because “it just sends the wrong message”.


32 posted on 03/25/2012 8:15:27 PM PDT by Avid Coug
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What happens to your unattended car, roasting in the desert while you're in Vegas WITHOUT YOUR CAR?

And good luck in making the trip....

Daily variations of temperature in the Mohave desert will kink the rails.

33 posted on 03/25/2012 8:47:40 PM PDT by spokeshave (Dole/McCain/Romney losers all....NEWT is da Man)
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To: spokeshave

Actually now that I looked at the map, the “high speed rail” is even STUPIDER. Amtrak already goes between SF and SD. And when it gets to the big cities it’s NOT going to be moving very fast at all. Will it run on special second tracks, along the ones that already exist in those big cities? And how many people want to go to Fresno or Bakersfield really “fast”. i.e. 80 mph? Not like they’re going to go 300mph through those small towns along the way under any circumstances.


34 posted on 03/26/2012 12:40:12 AM PDT by boop (I hate hippies and dopeheads. Just hate them. ...Ernest Borgnine)
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If only there were some other way, besides a bazillion-dollar train ... some EXISTING, PROVEN way, a POPULAR way, of going 80 miles per hour between Fresno and Bakersfield. You could leave whenever you wanted, go alone or with a group for the same cost, and even stop for a bite along the way.

Yeah, probably just the stuff of some faraway future world, right?

35 posted on 03/26/2012 12:15:02 PM PDT by pogo101
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To: SeekAndFind

Ah, I see. Those darned mods! :)

Thanks for all the work you do!


36 posted on 03/26/2012 8:05:27 PM PDT by citizen (Well)
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