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Originally posted by cautiouslypessimistic
Originally posted by asmall89
reply to post by cautiouslypessimistic
We already have a REALLY good shipping railway industry! One of the best in the world. This particular project isn't for shipping, a light rail is for transporting people.
The reason we use semis is because trains don't have the ability to maneuver and go in certain places trucks can (mostly because they're limited to the track). Our railway system spans across the country and interconnects throughout many cities in both the east and west. Thats how we progressed so fast through the industrial revolution because we had a huge railway system built, and we still have one of the best. I'm surprised you didn't know that, railroads are a huge part of American history and industry.
Having a light rail is a good idea though, but private industries should use it and if the Government does it it should only be cross country. I would like to see a bullet train like rail system spanning the continental US some day, that would make it so much easier and cheaper on some of us who live out in the the rural west. But you gotta have money to build one, and well the government is kind of broke right now.
I disagree, and so do the numbers. Our shipping industry is failing, from semi trucks to rails. Our origional railsystem was the envy of the world for a while, but it is HIGHLY outdated, innefficient, and truly bad for the ecosystem.
Most of what I have read in my research says that the idea with the high speed rail system is to move into a bullet train type future. The two are VERY closely related. However, normal rails, aside from the fact that they are on rails, have nothing else in common with the other two.
Originally posted by GreenBicMan
Where do you get we are raising taxes? This is more spin you are hearing from MSM.
We are letting the Bush tax code expire - and returning to what it was.
Originally posted by wonderworld
reply to post by justsomeboreddude
The new taxes will come from ammunition, cigarettes and Guns.
Well as long as we are still allowed to buy or use them.
Printing more money will only lead to hyperinflation in 2010-2011.
Obama will create new jobs and the cost of some new light railway system would be in the billions.
It reminds me of the Alaska pipline construction Project.