Silly Money, Green Stew
Posted by Jeff Condon on June 25, 2011
The mindless will do anything to go green. It doesn’t matter one bit how little financial sense it makes. It doesn’t matter that peoples lives are destroyed, its for the better, because they say it is. The article linked is actually about destroying farmers in favor of disrupting birds, but the end of the article has this little quote:
It is estimated that it will cost $45 billion to connect San Francisco to San Diego by high-speed rail. State and federal taxpayers will be footing most of the bill. Advocates of the high-speed rail argue that it will create thousands of jobs and will make California businesses more successful, thereby stimulating the economy.
45 billion is a lot of money for a train that can only turn left but that is what we get today. I have an alternative plan. Let’s just give one million dollars tax free to 45 thousand random employed people and then they won’t have to work anymore, thereby directly creating “thousands of open jobs” for others to take. Alternatively, they will blow it buying stuff from actually profitable California businesses rather than trains that won’t make money. We know the train plan isn’t profitable because of the recent history of rail elsewhere in the US, and the fact that if they were planning a true profit, 45 billion dollars of government money wouldn’t be required. I suppose the beneficiaries of my plan will be disappointed in a few years though because it is near certain that someone else in California will vote to take their money later on and give it to different people for the latest green stew.