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Great Scott, HSR Dissed

Up until today, there was absolutely nothing I liked about Gov. Rick Scott. Wait, that’s not entirely true. I do like his baldness. It complements his sinister-looking stare, which I don’t much like, along with his scorched-earth attitude toward funding for public education.    
      But today (Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011) I’m feeling a little love for the cool and uncuddly Scott and his my-way-or-the-highway politics. 
      Why? Because he told the federal government to take its $2.4 billion for high-speed rail and hit the highway out of Florida. Yes, it’s a congested highway, but a rail line connecting Tampa with Orlando would have done zilch to relieve traffic. High-speed rail is a misuse of money, whether spent here or in California, the likely recipient of the loot Scott rejected. Let California throw away the money; it is way better at irresponsible government spending than Florida could ever hope to be.
      High-speed rail won’t relieve our nation’s highways or reduce car emissions. It’s only green in the amount of money that it would take to build and sustain it. 
      I guessed incorrectly that Scott, who voiced opposition to HSR during his campaign for governor, would cave to Washington and special interests and take the money (see my column in the February issue of Orlando magazine, “Fund Brains, Not Trains”). All Scott had to do was come up with $280 million out of a budget that is as rail thin as he is, or give a wink and a nod to Winter Park Congressman John Mica’s delusion that international rail consortiums would pony up the state’s share and cover any cost overruns if they could build and operate the HSR system.
      When Mica, chair of the House Transportation Committee, said the Tampa-Orlando line was shovel ready, what he really meant was he was ready to shovel a lot of bull to get it built.
      It took guts to do what Scott did today. Florida desperately needs jobs, and HSR would have created a lot of them. For a few years. But he saw through the smoke and mirrors rail advocates use to advance their pet projects. Supporters don’t talk about the long-term cost burdens of railand the vagaries of ridership. Just build the systems and everything will work out, they say.
      Thankfully, Scott didn’t drink their Kool-Aid.
      Now if he’d only realize that Central Florida’s SunRail commuter line is nothing more than a slower-moving version of high-speed rail, then I could really get to like him.
      Well, maybe not.

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Feb 17, 2011 07:52 pm
 Posted by  Andrew

All I can say is "WOW" about your opinion on the HSR. So many people are so short sided with their opinions on this matter. I believe that if you looked outside of your own little world you would see a different perspective. And I'm going to try and give this to you.

Let's go over some facts that are completely true.
1) Gas prices will only go up.
2) Our population is growing.
3) Florida is the #1 Tourist destination in the World

Knowing these facts what is your solution to the growing problem? Widen I-4 like Scott suggested?

The bigger picture in this link between Tampa and Orlando is linking all of Florida together. But we must start somewhere. Can you only imagine (it does take somebody with a vision so you might be lacking in this area) being able to take trains to everywhere you need to go? Because when gas is $6 to $9 a gallon you would be begging for a cheap alternative.

Killing the HSR benefits only big companies. Insurance, Rental Car companies, Big Oil and many more.

HSR helps our state with foreseeing the biggest issue that's right around the corner. Extremely high gas prices. How can you not see that? To me it's crystal clear.

The major problem with congressmen and women is that they are constantly doing everything that they can to get re-elected. In the short run this might seem like the right idea but in reality and for the betterment Florida it's not.

I believe that the start of HSR will be the single most important decision this state has ever made. I'm bold in saying that but your blind for not seeing the obvious.

Apr 21, 2011 12:03 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Shheeesh what a stupid bio and blog- Write much? Take an English writing class and try again. Further proof he's a a moron is to hire Marinade Dave

Apr 13, 2012 09:16 pm
 Posted by  abunai

Retired Military, and Political conservative. Proud to have defended America's right to free speach. That said, I believe the price of that freedom requires us to use it responsibly. Opinions either direction respected so long as they are correct in factual content and in context. I expect to be called out if my facts or context is not genuine, as I surely will call out anyone else.

Apr 13, 2012 09:25 pm
 Posted by  abunai

First.. Florida isn't growning as it was just a few years ago.
Second.. Gas prices may go up, but the money for rail comes with a requirement that the State support it with its own revenue after Federal money has expired. Many metropolitan areas now carry such burdens on their books, and its killing them.
Third.. Florida may indeed be a tourist area, but tourist by nature will rent vehicles and not use rail, thats well known.

Gov. Scott is looking into the future for Florida, and not just taking money on his watch and leaving a mess for our children to deal with.. we already have enough burdens laid to our children from past/present generations that only served themselves in the now, and didn't think of the future.

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