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The Money Pit: California’s not-so-high-speed rail

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Have you heard this story, a couple finds a million dollar distress sale mansion on the market for a mere $200,000? Some upgrades are needed, but overall it’s a bargain. What ensues is comedic brilliance as the owners find out the house is barely standing. They pour more and more money into the house in the classic Tom Hank’s comedy “The Money Pit.”

Have you heard this story, a couple finds a million dollar distress sale mansion on the market for a mere $200,000? Some upgrades are needed, but overall it’s a bargain. What ensues is comedic brilliance as the owners find out the house is barely standing. They pour more and more money into the house in the classic Tom Hank’s comedy “The Money Pit.”

Just like this movie, the California High-Speed Rail has become our Money Pit, but unlike the movie, this is no laughing matter.

In 2008, California voters approved Proposition 1A, a $9.95 billion bond to partially fund an 800-mile high-speed electric train traveling up to 220 mph. The goal would be that the state would fund a third, one-third by the federal government, and the last third via private investment. Total cost was estimated at $35 billion.

What has transpired since 2008? No more federal funding and no private funding. From 800-miles we went to 520 miles, as a cost savings measure. From 220 mph we are at 110 mph in large sections of the rail, to save money of course, and a possible completion date of 2020, is now estimated to be completed by 2033.

With all these cost-saving measures you would assume the cost would come down. Unfortunately, for California taxpayers, this money pit keeps getting worse.

The price tag for all these cost-saving measures brought to you by the California High-Speed Rail Authority and the California Legislature is currently estimated at $77.3 billion. But wait you want more savings and fiscal responsibility, too bad, because this $77.3 billion estimate may ultimately cost California taxpayers $98.1 billion. My prediction is it will be even higher.

At this point, it might be cheaper and faster to build a Death Star instead. Not to mention more useful.

This is not what the voters were promised. We did not approve a not-so-high-speed train with a price tag most likely ten times the initial projected cost to California taxpayers.

This boondoggle of a money pit must be stopped. Those billions can be used to help repair our roads, highways, bridges, dams, water reservoirs, and critical infrastructure.

If elected to be California’s next State Controller and Chief Financial Officer, I will look at all legal means to cut funding to this project. In my opinion, if we bought one thing and are getting something else, then the authorization to fund this project has not been authorized by the people, and thus the Controller may have the legal authority to stop payment until the project complies with Proposition 1A.

I hope, I won’t have to do this, and the Legislature does its job and kills this project. This shouldn’t be a partisan issue. We made a promise to taxpayers to be good stewards of their trust and money. Let’s restore that trust and do the right thing, and let’s put an end to this money pit.

Alternatives to the HSR

High-speed rail was well-intentioned but the reality is, that HSR is extremely expensive and it is obsolete technology. We must look at new innovative ways and look to future technologies of the 21st century not technology from the 1970s.

If we want an alternative to the HSR, there are two promising technologies that might be the future of transportation in California. The first is HyperLoop. Speeds-up to 700 mph, more affordable to build and operate, and could be used to transport cargo cutting down traffic congestion on the roads. This could be ideal for long distances.

 

 

The second alternative that is ideal for larger metropolitan areas and fast enough at 200 mph for longer work commuting trips is the skyTran. This is also much cheaper and better than the HSR.

 

 

Regardless, of what we do and decide, we must look beyond the current paradigm and have a vision that looks to solve the problems we have now and will face in the future. It’s time we dump the HSR and look to the future, not the past.

 


Konstantinos Roditis is a candidate for California State Controller. You can learn more about his campaign at cacontroller.com, and you can follow him on Twitter & Facebook.

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Sheila Jackson Lee tells bald-faced lie about AR-15s to mislead her constituents

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Reactions to Representative Sheila Jackson Lee’s statement about the AR-15 she supposedly held in her hands have been almost certainly incorrect. Conservatives have said she must be extremely misinformed about firearms to so blatantly mischaracterize them, going so far as to invoke armor-piercing .50 caliber ammunition as the rounds fired by the “scary” weapon.

Many on the right are laughing after she said these rifles weigh as much as 10 moving boxes. They chuckle because they believe she simply lacks the intelligence to properly describe what she allegedly experienced and to confuse a very small round, the .223, with the big daddy round, the .50.

I don’t believe she was being ignorant. I refuse to believe that anyone elected to Capitol Hill can be that unintelligent. Therefore, I firmly believe she is telling these bald-faced lies willfully and with the intention of misleading her constituents for the sake of gun control. She isn’t stupid. She just believes her voters are stupid. That’s the only logical explanation for this:

We must accept that anything spoken by certain Democrats (most of them, in fact) has a high degree of likeliness of being an outright lie. They do not believe in the truth because the truth doesn’t match their agenda.

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Why isn’t ‘Beto’ doing better?

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Gun confiscation is all the rage according to the left, so why isn’t Robert Francis O’Rourke surging in popularity?

According to Robert Francis and his merry band of liberty busters, patriots around the country cannot wait to shred and burn their Modern Day Muskets in a funeral pyre worthy of a Viking princess. AR-15’s are stacking up like cord-wood in Walmart dumpsters or sinking to the depths of lakes everywhere.

Good people are giving up their guns at will because it will have the magical effect of having them disappear from the hand of criminals. Innocent folks are disarming themselves because they know that the miscreants of our society will also do the same.

The inestimable logic of ‘Beto’ O’Rourke

Everyone knows that common sense civil liberties are easily negated by teenagers crying on the tele; that’s the fine print in the Constitution everyone misses. We are endowed by our creator with certain inalienable human rights* [But only if absolutely no one in the country is afraid of anything for at least 10 years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes last] That’s the fear clause that’s tucked in behind commerce, the constitutional Swiss army knife.

One can easily envision people approaching politicians in a restroom to tell them of a lifelong desire to rid themselves of an inalienable human right. Then there are those who dream of a SWAT team to breaking down their door at 3:00 AM to seize their hard-earned property at gunpoint. Even better are those looking forward to a sweet $100 gift certificate in exchange for an $800 Rifle with a $600 optic.

The logic being that when it comes to self-preservation, it’s best to leave it to the professionals. Why defend yourself when you can wait a lifetime for the coroner to draw a chalk outline around your lifeless body?

‘Beto’: Let’s confiscate all the guns

In the world of the authoritarian socialist left, taking private property is very much like eating potato crisps – you can’t confiscate just one. Once they taste the visceral thrill of subjugating their political enemies and taking their property they can’t help themselves. The Associated Press has already produced articles on the subject: In gun buyback talk, how do you round up so many weapons? Proceeding from a standpoint that it’s perfectly acceptable to deprive people of their inalienable human rights.

As reported by the Daily Wire, Robert Francis O’Rourke has signaled that he is open to Confiscating ALL Semi-Automatic Firearms. His stated plans include a national buyback program for banned assault weapons and handguns  Since there is no set definition of the term ‘assault weapon’ this could mean anything that could be used as a weapon to assault someone.

These things begin with the what has been demonized the most, then they move on to everything else. The liberty grabbing would start with AR-15’s and as noted in the Daily Wire article, would expand to all semi-automatic firearms. Then they will want all handguns – revolvers included. Then anything else they want to define as being an ‘assault weapon’.

Why isn’t ‘Beto’ doing better?

Thus we return to our central question. According to polling from the national socialist media, supposedly, 90% of the country is fully on board with gun confiscation accompanied with every ancillary control scheme imaginable. Given that supposed environment, a candidate espousing such rhetoric should be soaring in the polls. NRA members should be hoisting the man on their shoulders as a national hero who was willing to speak to what everyone desires.

But that isn’t taking place is it? The innermost statist desires of one Robert Francis O’Rourke have failed to bring him up in the polls. Worse yet, while his comrades of the national socialist left didn’t object to his viewpoint, they haven’t exactly embraced it either.

While Robert Francis did his best to push the Overton window as far as it would go, we are seeing that such things have their limits. Patriots of the pro-liberty right can now point to his actions as undeniable proof of the left’s final solution to the liberty problem. Halting their little game incremental moves in liberty control, to evince a design to reduce the country to absolute despotism. The liberty grabber leftists were able to claim victory in Colt temporarily stopping production on AR-15’s, leaving only 278 producers of ARs, but they will take any victory against freedom they can take.

The bottom-line

If everyone in the country, including the estimated 120 – 130 million gun owners, really wanted the government to take private property by force, ‘Beto’ should be doing better, his polling should have a positive upward trend and he should be the talk of the nation.

That isn’t the case. In fact, he has been roundly condemned by his fellow socialists while being inadvertently praised by many on the pro-liberty right. The exact opposite of what would have been predicted by the polling data.

This is clearly a case where most people have finally seen that the left has dropped the mask and has gone full authoritarian. Gun confiscations are just one manifestation, but it is giving everyone pause on just who they people truly are with the exposition of their extremist views. This is why we are answering NO on any more erosion of our inalienable human rights. This is why we are rejecting their socialist national agenda.

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Impeachment obsession reveals Democrats as the snake-oil salesmen they are

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Impeachment obsession reveals Democrats as the snake-oil salesmen they are

The state of the Democratic Party is unlike anything we’ve seen in most of our lifetimes. Despite having control of the House of Representatives and over a dozen radical progressives running for president, they’ve partially adopted a strategy that has individual members and small factions moving in very different directions and at completely different speeds. The strategy they’ve chosen is impeachment, but the message is so disjointed it’s becoming difficult to keep up with the various paths they’re traveling.

Whether Democrats support Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s strategy of pushing out information until the people start calling for impeachment, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s strategy of ready, fire, aim, or anywhere in between, it’s all coming down to a series of sales pitches. Representative Adam Schiff has a sales pitch. Representative Jerry Nadler has a different one. Others are scrambling to join whichever camp seems to be most conducive to making sure they get reelected in 2020, which all depends on how radical their constituents are.

They tried to get it done without impeachment through the Mueller investigation. When that failed, some decided to push the Russia story even further as the basis for impeachment, claiming President Trump obstructed an investigation into collusion that never happened. That didn’t pick up steam among the people, especially after their big gun failed to save them; Mueller’s testimony before Congress should have been the nail in the coffin of impeachment discussions.

Alas, they continued searching for something else to stick. They even brought in Cory Lewandowski in hopes his unpopularity would be the launching point through which they could coax people into believing their impeachment narrative. It didn’t work. Few watched. The pundits who did weren’t impressed. It was another notch in their belt of failure.

Now, they finally have something they think can stick. The Ukraine whistleblower story is the smoking gun they think will finally get them the traction they need with the people who are growing increasingly disenchanted with all the impeachment talk. But along the way, they’re actually drawing more attention to their electoral Trump-killer’s own credibility problems.

Left scrambles to downplay Biden’s words, ‘If the prosecutor’s not fired, you’re not getting the money’

https://noqreport.com/2019/09/23/left-scrambles-downplay-bidens-words-prosecutors-not-fired-youre-not-getting-money/We all know Joe Biden is a gaffe-machine. We also know he was involved in many of the scandals and foul play that were littered throughout President Obama’s time in the White House. Now, we’re learning that Biden used his power as Vice President to pressure the Ukrainian government to fire a prosecutor who was investigating a firm that employed Biden’s own son, Hunter.

This didn’t come from a FOIA request or deep investigations into Biden’s past. It came from the clumsy presidential frontrunner’s own mouth. While speaking before the Council on Foreign Relations, Biden discussed his dealings with Ukraine, including the threats he made if the prosecutor wasn’t fired.

“If the prosecutor’s not fired, you’re not getting the money,” Biden said. “Well, son of a bitch, he got fired.”

Every major progressive media outlet is doing the Democrats’ bidding by attempting to make this story the talk of the nation. But in their zeal to take down the President, the narrative is confusing at best. Someone who may or may not have heard the President make an offer to the Ukrainian government for something or another in exchange for dirt on Joe Biden has come forward and, despite the DoJ hearing it and thinking it’s a nothingburger, the Democrats are now screaming at the top of their lungs for transparency.

It’s turning into such a debacle that some are speculating the whistleblower is actually working on behalf of the White House to make Democrats and the media scramble to grasp a story that isn’t really there. I don’t believe this is the case, but I do know one thing. Whatever the President promised, it’s not going to get average Joe Citizen crying for impeachment alongside AOC any time soon. If anything, it’s news to most Americans that a President isn’t supposed to make promises to foreign leaders. After all, we were told before that telling a world leader the president will have more flexibility after an election was perfectly okay.

Ask Americans on the street if the President should be impeached, and most would say ‘no.” Ask those who say “yes” for their reasoning behind wanting him impeached, and none would be able to give a reasoned response with actual impeachable offenses cited. The reason: There are none. Impeachment is the greatest hoax the new Democratic Party has attempted to sell. They are very well aware they have no real grounds for pursuing it, but in an effort to save face after the Mueller debacle, they feel they must do something or people will realize they’ve done nothing with their control of the House.

They’ve gone too far and most of them know it. But instead of pulling back carefully or even reversing course, they’ve decided to double-down. Some know impeachment would be the death of their party’s chances in 2020. They know they’ll definitely lose any hopes they had at the White House. They’ll almost certainly be unable to take control of the Senate. Impeachment may even be enough to make them lose control of the House of Representatives. It’s a dangerous game they’re playing, but thanks to the radical indoctrination that’s rushing through the party like a fast-moving plague, they don’t see any other options than to move forward with it.

The specter of impeachment says much more about the state of the Democratic Party than it does about the President. As they try to sell nothing as something to the American people, they’re demonstrating that lies are all they have left in the tank.

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