California may be broke - so broke, in fact, that Governor Moonbeam insists that tax hikes are essential to "save" public education in the state - but that didn't stop the brain-trust in their legislature from approving the sale of nearly $5 billion in new bonds to begin building the Fresno to Bakersfield segment of high-speed rail.
In a narrow 21-16 party-line vote that involved intense lobbying by the governor, legislative leaders and labor groups, the state Senate approved the measure marking the launch of California's ambitious bullet train, which has spent years in the planning stages.
"The Legislature took bold action today that gets Californians back to work and puts California out in front once again," Brown said.
Brown pushed for the massive infrastructure project to accommodate expected growth in the nation's most populous state, which now has 37 million people.
Ah yes, the familiar Democrat refrain: millions of people will be moving here any minute now! That "party-line vote" mentioned above? Just like Obamacare: Democrats all went for it, Republicans didn't. What a surprise!
We hear the same mindless bobblehead shinola from Portland-area politicians (all Democrats) all the time: we have to build light rail and "mixed use" apartment bunkers because a million people will be moving here any minute! Of course, they've been laying that on us since 1997 - and over that fifteen-year time-frame, the rate of population increase has been one percent per year. And as has recently been the case in California, more people and businesses have been leaving the area of late than are migrating in.
Over in Clackamas County, where Portland/Tri-Met/Metro are desperately trying to extend the crime train, Democrats are in full bay-at-the-moon mode:
Clackamas County residents will vote Sept. 18, 2012, on a measure that, if approved, will require county officials to get voter approval before spending county resources for "financing, design, construction, or operation of any public rail transit system." Yes, that means MAX. (light rail)
Conservatives tend to back Measure 3-401 as a way to hip-check county commissioners who make spending decisions. In response, Clackamas County Democrats issued a statement saying they would vigorously fight the measure.
Democrats argue that passage will stymie economic development, throttle local government and cost taxpayers money. Actually, it's more than just costing more money -- the claim is that the measure will increase taxes.
And of course, it's all just a pack of lies, as even the local rag's "PolitiFact" is forced to admit.
Naturally, Democrat crime-train supporters are foaming at the mouth in the comments section of the article, strewing the place with lines like: The tea party is against spending any public funds on mass transit of any kind.
First, the Oregon TEA Party has not been affiliated with the Clackistani Rebellion in any way, and second, most of them favor buses - which services Tri-Met has been systematically gutting in order to fund their toy train projects. Blaming the TEA Party for the Clackistani Rebellion is purely a desperation tactic, specifically designed to mis-lead. You wouldn't be off at all in characterizing such statements as bald-faced lies.