Sunday, March 27, 2011
Jim Ivey's Sunday Comics
Labels: Jim Ivey's Sunday Comics
In a tax overburdened state like Florida, why would we take on a new, out of the blue boondoggle like this? The gov wisely said no because the huge price tag that Floridians will pay in the years or decades ahead will far exceed the chump change or the supposed jobs and revenues the feds offer as bait.
Maybe you and people like you have vast amounts of cash you itch to spend. Why not get together and build your own speed train? Don't let a little thing like never hoping to make a nickle get in the way. In the mean time, stop trying to force us to bleed our hard earned assets for more needless government pork projects, be they Democratic or Republican- we're hurting out here.
If we're "hurting out here" then turning up your nose at 24,000 jobs seems like a mighty strange way to cure the problem.
Is the high-speed rail a great project? No, not in my opinion. But the federal government has already budgeted the money, and now it will go to some other similarly porky project in another state. It's not like the chastened fed is now going to put that $2B toward paying down the debt. Refusing it 'on principle' is an utterly meaningless gesture that only allowed other states to belly up to the bar at our expense.
As for the rail project costing us money in the long run, that's a straw man argument. The legislature merely has to be proactive and write legislation such that the rail line can be shut down lock stock and barrel if it fails to pay for itself. This option was even suggested by federal officials.
And to call Jim's art feeble is just plain silly. There ain't nothin' feeble about Jim.