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CNN story: The only thing ‘high speed’ about ‘high speed rail’ so far is the speed at which the money is being spent

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By Doug Powers  •  March 27, 2013 11:57 AM

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Joe Biden once laughingly (does Joe say anything that isn’t?) referred to former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood as the “conductor of the train to the future.”

According to the CNN story below, the “train to the future” is a boondoggle — a slow boondoggle — so slow that it just got passed by a Greyhound bus.

Here’s a quote from CNN reporter Drew Griffin:

“This was sold as ‘high speed rail.’ People thought they were getting high speed rail. The bullet trains… that’s what they’re selling, that’s what they’re showing to us. But if you look at what was happening in Washington State, you know, right now, after $800 million, it’s still cheaper and, many times, faster, to take the Greyhound bus from Seattle to Portland. So what was that investment all about? It wasn’t about high speed rail. It was just about fixing up Amtrak, fixing up the low speed rail, and really making freight trains move a little better — but not high speed rail.”

He left out one thing it’s about: Lining pockets. Follow the money.

Video on the Sham-O-Tron via Ed Morrissey at Hot Air. Watch Ray LaHood’s epic high speed rail sales pitch turn into a pause so pregnant it should have been given prenatal vitamins after being asked when we’re actually going to see true “high speed rail”:

Cooper had better be careful with these stories exposing the administration’s pet boondoggles — he might ruin his chance at getting hired by NBC.

Update: Thomas emails and points out that if you pause the above video at the 1:19 mark, behind LaHood appears an interesting acronym.

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