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Cash Strapped California Votes For $68 Billion Monorail To Get Federal Bailout

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California's budget deficit may be $16 billion (up from $9 billion in January), the state's cities may be keeling over and filing for bankruptcy left and right (Stockton and Mammoth Lakes), and overall container traffic at the Port of Long Beach may have dropped 7.2% in May compared to last year, but at least California is about to get its own monorail. Well, maybe not monorail, but certainly a high speed line between Los Angeles and San Francisco for the low, low price of at least $4.5 billion in debt to start (and much, much more to actually end). The winners: Keynesians and labor groups. The losers: anyone who has ever taken math for idiots. From USA Today: "California lawmakers approved billions of dollars Friday in construction financing for the initial segment of what would be the nation's first dedicated high-speed rail line connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco. The state Senate voted 21-16 on a party-line vote after intense lobbying by Gov. Jerry Brown, Democratic leaders and labor groups." And while nobody really expects the train to actually be built, here is the real reason for passing the legislation: "The bill authorizes the state to begin selling $4.5 billion in voter-approved bonds that includes $2.6 billion to build an initial 130-mile (210-kilometer) stretch of the high-speed rail line in the Central Valley. That will allow the state to collect another $3.2 billion in federal funding that could have been rescinded if lawmakers failed to act Friday." In summary, just passing the bill, gives California a $3.2 billion federal bailout while the actual use of funds may or may not ever appear (or money is on the latter). If still confused think Greece and Germany, because Federal tax collections were just used to give California a very fungible cash injection. Where the money ends up now is anyone's guess.

From USA Today:

"The Legislature took bold action today that gets Californians back to work and puts California out in front once again," Brown said in a statement. He later celebrated with Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, a fellow Democrat.

 

Brown pushed for the massive infrastructure project to accommodate expected population growth in the nation's most populous state, which now has 37 million people. He said the project is sorely needed to create jobs in a region with higher-than-average unemployment.

 

The bill, which passed the state Assembly on Thursday, now heads to Brown for his signature.

 

The first segment of the line will run from Madera to Bakersfield. The final cost of the completed project from Los Angeles to San Francisco would be $68 billion.

There are those who sadly still have their Math for Idiots textbooks lying around:

Senate Republicans blasted the decision, citing the state's ongoing budget problems.

 

"It's unfortunate that the majority would rather spend billions of dollars that we don't have for a train to nowhere than keep schools open and harmless from budget cuts," Republican Sen. Tom Harman said in a statement.

 

Republican Sen. Ted Gaines said the project would push California over a fiscal cliff. "It will require endless subsidies and will blast a massive hole into our budget," he said in a statement.

Cliff... Shpliff. It seems Mr. Gaines has not yet figured out that the only way to survive in a post-Keynesian limit world, in which everyone is bankrupt, is to dig a deeper hole and get as much of whatever bailout money is available first.

Yet don't blame California for this mathematical abortion: the fault lies with the Federal government for creating perverse spend, spend, spend incentives.

Dan Richard, chairman of the California High-Speed Rail Authority, which is managing the project, said California would have lost billions of dollars in federal aid if the Senate fails to pass the bill before adjourning Friday for a monthlong recess.

 

Richard said California entered a contract that called for the federal government to provide money for building the Central Valley segment if the state also put up its share.

 

California was able to secure more federal aid than expected after Florida, Ohio and Wisconsin turned down money.

States turning down bailout money? What is this world coming to. Yet in the end even some democrats realized what utter insanity the project is.

One dissenter, Democratic Sen. Joe Simitian said public support had waned for the project, and there were too many questions about financing to complete it.

 

"Is there additional commitment of federal funds? There is not. Is there additional commitment of private funding? There is not. Is there a dedicated funding source that we can look to in the coming years? There is not," Simitian said.

At the end of the day, who cares: by the time the next bailout installment is needed, the EFSF/ESM will be fully operational and Germany (whose citizens will be "mandated" to retire not sooner than Yoda) can just step in and save California as well.

 


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Sat, 07/07/2012 - 11:48 | Link to Comment francis_sawyer
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They could also spend another $68 billion to have electronic freeway signs that say:

~~~

- Carpoolers make better lovers

OR

- Don't shoot!

Next thing you're going to tell me is that the proposed 'route' of the monorail system is along the San Andreas Fault Line...

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 11:50 | Link to Comment Joe Sixpack
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Madera to Fresno. From nowhere to nowhere.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:01 | Link to Comment DoChenRollingBearing
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What, what, what is going ON in your mind-numbed brains, you voters in California?!?!  WTF are you doing?  Do you not KNOW that this is pure lunacy?

It takes my breath away how California isn't falling into the Pacific even now...  Or is this just more of the prosaic and brazen CORRUPTION I am starting to see everywhere now?

California: Get a grip and come to your senses....

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:23 | Link to Comment Hulk
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Its free money from the fed Dochen, and an addict must have his fix...

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:43 | Link to Comment redpill
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It couldn't be more ass-backwards. In a world of cheap, short airplane rides between LA and SF, and in a world where telecommuting or online virtual meeting is becoming the standard, it is mind-numbingly stupid to waste billions on a railroad project that largely will NOT be high speed, will cost way more than flying or driving for the passenger, and to even stand a chance of breaking even would need to see more traffic in Modesto than Grand Central Station. Fucking lunacy! Black hole of waste. Legislative malpractice, fraud on the taxpayers in CA and across the nation, and fiscal irresponsibility to the point of criminal negligence. Meanwhile these very same assholes are threatening to shorten school years, raise tuition at state schools, etc etc. Fuck them all.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:59 | Link to Comment Careless Whisper
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The Careless Whisper High Speed Train ALL VIDEO Update

 

Nancy Pelosi: Thomas Jefferson Envisioned Cali High Speed Trains

http://vimeo.com/43030645#t=8min31sec

Germany's Siemens Wants To Build Cali High Speed Train

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8P8RtS5tSc

France's Alstom Wants To Build Cali High Speed Train

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSgJv4TYshI

FLASHBACK July 2011: Hundreds Dead In China High Speed Train Crash; Siemens Technology

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfcKmEF3gnY

China: Rail Minister - Hundreds Of Millions In Bribes

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xh1b42_senior-chinese-minister-liu-zhijun-fired-in-corruption-probe_news

FLASHBACK February 2012: 49 Dead In Argentina High Speed Train Crash: Alstom Trains

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ga-QmlQtO-I

LEGO: High Speed train Crash

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_Qo4a_3IeQ

JUST RELEASED COMMERCIAL: Louis Vuitton Luggage For High Speed Train Traveller

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gB2ZwFkyMM4

 

 

 

 

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 13:01 | Link to Comment Careless Whisper
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@redpill

follow the money

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 13:16 | Link to Comment redpill
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Well obviously there is corruption, but it's ideological stupidity on top of corruption.  If they were really interested in building a successful rail project, proposals for it do exist. Most notably, a primarily privately-funded high speed train from the LA area to Las Vegas. Party car, casino car, cocktail bar car, hell even a stripper car! Soon as you cross state lines people can start gambling onboard, slots, sports book, etc. Since it's usually a leisure trip there would be lots of booze consumed, which has excellent profit margins as well. The trip is a straight shot, there would be no need for many stops at all, unlike a marathon straight up the state.

But they won't do this for two main reasons. 1) It wouldn't go to liberal mecca San Francisco, which is obviously a primary requirement, and 2) They certainly wouldn't want to help their filthy neighbor Nevada do anything even if ultimately the increased economic activity is beneficial for all.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 14:45 | Link to Comment Diet Coke and F...
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Hmmm... Interesting...

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 15:28 | Link to Comment Oh regional Indian
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Very Smart. Put in a rail line on one of most seismically active places on earth.

San Andreas, meet formerly parallel tracks to infinity...

With no apologies to Rahrah Pawlin.

ori

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 16:02 | Link to Comment Manthong
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But will it accept pesos?

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 16:09 | Link to Comment Hulk
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There will never be a rail line. At this point, its all about getting that FED money...

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 16:17 | Link to Comment Careless Whisper
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One hour to get through the TSA checkpoint for a 45 minute train ride. Makes perfect sense.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 02:01 | Link to Comment zaphod
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The biggeer problem, which seems to be missed in all of this is:

Why does it even cost ~$70B to build a train track that goes roughly the same distance as NYC to DC. This is an absurd amount of money that only seems small because of the T's Benny has been tossing around, but it still is a massive amount of money.

The cost alone is an indication this is not a serious project..

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 02:18 | Link to Comment OldPhart
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The San Andreas crosses through the Cajon Pass between San Bernardino and the High Desert.  Along the Cajon Pass is Interstate 15, which has a small bridge over the highly visible fault.  Down the valley, along the Santa Ana river to the east, are a number of Southern Pacific Burlington Northern railroad tracks that are in heavy use every day as transfers from the Port of Long Beach and other facilities are routed to Barstow and beyond.

These tracks also cross the San Andreas.

A high speed rail system, though I find it dubious, would make some minor sense going from LA to Lost Wages with a stop in Barstow.  In Barstow, travelers from the Central area could connect as well as those in the High Desert. 

Ideally the tracks would parallel I-15 so that those caught in the rather frequent traffic jams out in the middle of nowhere will witness the train zipping by.  I might even make the trip, once, but would rather have my own means of transportation where ever I wind up.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 13:37 | Link to Comment palmereldritch
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FYI

From the green-red paradigm:

http://www.treehugger.com/urban-design/bucolic-vision-agenda-21-future-a...

It appears they are beginning to step away from the word "sustainability"

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 04:03 | Link to Comment Lore
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Good point. Agenda 21 sociopaths love rail projects as much as they love destroying communities with crushing debt. BIG RED FLAG: BEWARE OF RAIL PROJECTS IN YOUR AREA. THEY ARE A "GREEN" RECIPE FOR FINANCIAL DISASTER.

More on Agenda 21: http://www.postsustainabilityinstitute.org/the-post-sustainable-future.html

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 18:43 | Link to Comment Lucky Guesst
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"FLASHBACK July 2011: Hundreds Dead In China High Speed Train Crash; Siemens Technology"

 

I'm still against it but slightly less now. The stupid asses will get what they deserve.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 13:16 | Link to Comment Pure Evil
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Of course they should shorten the school year. Look what they produce. After the chillin' graduate they go out and vote for Governor Moonbeam, and Bailout Obama.

Where's my EBT card?

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:30 | Link to Comment stirners_ghost
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The madness of crowds...

I stopped decrying the idiocy of California voters when I realized they're on a path to destroy government--same as me--and they're doing it very efficiently, without additional violence.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:46 | Link to Comment Don Keot
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Corruption is now at the lowest levels of city government and connected business, at lesast in California.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 18:36 | Link to Comment Dr. Sandi
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That actually makes a lot of sense. When there's nothing much left to steal, move along to somewhere that still has  goodies.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 02:28 | Link to Comment OldPhart
Sat, 07/07/2012 - 13:03 | Link to Comment Prince Eugene o...
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Public employee unions run bluest California.  One party to rule them all.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 14:26 | Link to Comment Bolweevil
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...and in the darkness bind them. 

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 13:56 | Link to Comment Stuck on Zero
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I'm a California voter.  Here's our reasoning.  We can borrow billions cheaply today and spur the economy.  The likelihood that we'll have to pay it back is zero.  We're going to default.  We'll never pay it back but we'll get all the benefits today.  It's olike maxing out your credit card knowing full well you're going to declare bankruptcy.

Not only that, but it's likely that the rail will be built by a Korean contractor, using Japanese trains, Indonesian, concrete, and Chinese steel rails.  Therefore they'll be stuck with all the losses.

 

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 15:12 | Link to Comment DoChenRollingBearing
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Actually, + 1 from me.  Your explanation makes sense!

I am not chumbawamba, but he would approve your reply!

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 17:05 | Link to Comment Divine Wind
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StuckOnZero:

 

Oh ! You mean blatant theft, yes?

 

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 17:41 | Link to Comment Stuck on Zero
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The only thing Californians have to lose in this proposition is their good name.

 

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 17:34 | Link to Comment mick_richfield
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I think the way to say that faster is "We are thieves."

 

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 17:36 | Link to Comment mick_richfield
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Oops -- sorry, Divine Wind.  Your wisdom only wafted over me after I copied it.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 18:14 | Link to Comment bigfire
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Nope.  The railroad from nowhere to nowhere have one purpose only.  It's a slush fund for the Democratic party machine and their government worker union overlord to spend as they see fit.  The actual railroad, who cares, it's money they can spend.  Better yet, it's government money.  If they ran out of that, just tax the rich.  That always works.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 18:49 | Link to Comment Lucky Guesst
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Thanks A LOT!!!!! Take money from other cash strapped states for yourselves and don't pay it back. FUCK YOU ALL!!!!!!

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 20:12 | Link to Comment Steadfast
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Actually,

 

The money the Fed is extending to California is available thanks to the US Treasury Bonds being bought by China...Bonds that have interest paid TO China. And bonds that the US Treasury guarantees to repay TO China.

So, the Korean contractor, using Japanese trains, Indonesian, concrete, and Chinese steel rails WILL get paid out of the proceeds issued by the Federal Government...even if California defaults.

And if California defaults, which I expect them to do, the Chinese (Bond Holders) WILL STILL GET REPAID by the US Treasury... However, the money used to repay them may end up coming from higher taxes and interest rates assessed on ALL US taxpayers in all 50 states (including post-default California).

In that case...and all the similar examples states and local governments taking the bribe money in order to keep the farce going long enough for the next generation to receive the bill....is DESTROYING OUR COUNTRY AND ALL OF OUR FUTURES.

Wake up and admit YOU (California legislature and voters) are as guilty of DESTROYING America as are the Washington Politicians, and many of the US and global Corp Oligarchy.

 

 

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 21:29 | Link to Comment VallejoVillain
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You didn't hear? They lost all our votes , so they just flipped a coin! START BUILDING

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 23:05 | Link to Comment Never One Roach
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Stuck on Zero:

"Not only that, but it's likely that the rail will be built by a Korean contractor, using Japanese trains, Indonesian, concrete, and Chinese steel rails..." .....to carry Mexican passengers.

 

There, it's fixed now.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 00:47 | Link to Comment logically possible
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STUCK ON ZERO

"The likelihood that we'll have to pay it back is zero. We're going to default" 
     
Your typical of many Americans today. Void of any ethics and integrity. Your mentality is the reason why our country is in the situation it is today.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 15:13 | Link to Comment Royal Fleming
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Has nothing to do with the voters. Its the corrupt state govt. and the corrupt unions. I voted for nothing. As a matter of fact, I signed a petition to stop this high speed crap. We cant even get commuter trains to go over 30mph. without hitting a mexican tryin to go under the crossing gaurds , or some mental patient layin on the tracts commiting suicide. It a joke.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 15:22 | Link to Comment Dingleberry
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WRONG. Voters absolutely refused to reign in gov pending on police, fire, teachers and illegals. I was there when Arnie tried to get 4 referendums passed reigning the unions in just a tad in '07 I think........and guess what?

The voters tronced them ALL.  YOU voters are the problem. Not anyone else.  One day you will learn there is a limit to other poeple's money.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 15:39 | Link to Comment Royal Fleming
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I meant vote on the disneyland monorail to pelosi and boxer and feinstien land. This is a pure democrat state. Republicans dont stand a chance here. I've lived here all my life. and watched the deterioration of the state. It always reminded me of the crazy cat lady, that takes in and feeds so many cats with her bleeding heart , until she goes bankrupt, gets evicted and all the cats are off to the humane society to get destroyed.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 18:52 | Link to Comment Lucky Guesst
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So if she was my neighbor I would move away as fast as I could that way she doesn't drag down my property with hers. Your feeding the monster by living, working, spending there.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 15:34 | Link to Comment SolidSnake961
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as bart simpson says, "sorry mom, the mob has spoken"

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 16:06 | Link to Comment hivekiller
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It's the legislature that wants this, not Californians. No doubt the politicians in the democratic crime syndicate are being bribed to do so. Screw the taxpayers. Remember, they always know better and if you disagree, you're (take your pick) 1) a terrorist; 2) a hater, 3) unprogressive, 4) a denier, 5) against greening the economy.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 17:33 | Link to Comment mick_richfield
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This is the wonderful thing about American states -- the filtering effect of being able to move from one to another.  The Californians who were smart enough to see what their state was becoming started leaving long ago, knowing that they would be outvoted for the rest of their lives otherwise.

They wouldn't think of it this way, but when they say "Fuck it, I'm going to Texas / Colorado / Wyoming"  -- they're really "going Galt" - at least with respect to the People's Republic of  California.

The ability of Americans to emigrate internally to significantly different political / fiscal / business environments makes every state gradually -- more so.  More of whatever it started out being.

California started out always lucky, sometimes hard-working, wishful, romantic, and stupid.  At this point they're just stupid. 

They will end up as cannibals.

 

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 16:03 | Link to Comment mjk0259
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Same thing will happen in the other states since none of them are allowed to enforce laws against illegal immigration.

 

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:52 | Link to Comment AssFire
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Most public transportation systems are unacceptable due to the people that travel on them.

Whereas when normally extending their range a dark blight follows; in this case linking the ends of the central valley is more like connecting a siphon from the bottom of one septic system to the bottom of another.

What cheap exoduses will be facilitated from Fresno 16% unemployment to 12% Bakersfield unemployment? Not until this is linked to San Francisco and LA will the flow to better benefits be realized (and the city services overrun).

Let the skums enter like Lennin at the Finland station; shit let them ride on Reardon Steel! Nothin like mobilizing armies of unemployed- soon San Francisco and LA will learn.

Hope they extend the line to Sacramento. Moving Unemployed To Sacramento (M.U.T.S. line)

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 13:12 | Link to Comment DeadFred
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If you've ever been to Madero you'd know Fresno is an upgrade. Plus Fresno is one of the nation's largest cities. Still you're right about it being nowhere.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 16:38 | Link to Comment A Nanny Moose
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Fresno. Not the end of the world, but you can see it from there.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 13:21 | Link to Comment 1100-TACTICAL-12
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Any camps along the said railine ?

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 13:52 | Link to Comment Cyrano de Bivouac
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Joe Sixpack-Exactly, the monorail system has zero chance of making money. I think a better idea would be to build a 50 billion dollar Golden Calf statue in San Francisco. If you build it the people will come to see it and stimualte the economy.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 16:34 | Link to Comment A Nanny Moose
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$800 million spent so far, for how many miles of track?

All aboard the Failroad.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:07 | Link to Comment Chappaquiddick
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Heard of the C.A.F.R? That's the Comprehensive Annual Finacial Report.  Go check out the one for California, you'll discover something amazing.........

California ain't broke. 

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:12 | Link to Comment The Big Ching-aso
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Ya, like bank balance sheets.  Is it anything like mark to model accounting?

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:21 | Link to Comment LeisureSmith
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They can make it work with Marky Mark accounting.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 14:29 | Link to Comment Bolweevil
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don't hate the playa

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:36 | Link to Comment CaptainObvious
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Have you ever heard of CALPERS?  That's the California Public Employees' Retirement System.  Go check it out, you'll discover something amazing........

California is the brokest-ass broke state of them all thanks to pensions.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:42 | Link to Comment Rich Bagg
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Pensions can be paid for decade while the plan is under-funded.  The pension system can remain broke longer than you can stay liquid.  

 

 

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 17:33 | Link to Comment Chappaquiddick
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Go read it if you can numb nuts - they have $680bln + of assets swept to the side earning a very poor return for pensions.  They are reporting that there is a huge deficit $15bln but they are not showing you the plus side of the balance sheet,  It is a fake crisis.  People need to wake up about this and get down to city hall and kick the bums out - literally run the fuckers out of town.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 21:38 | Link to Comment CaptainObvious
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I have read it, fuckwit, and it's about as believable as anything else any government has published.  Which is to say, not at all.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:43 | Link to Comment deth
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Personally, I think this is a good idea. In the movie Thelma & Louise they didn't just slowly roll to the precipice, they stomped the accelerator. Much more entertaining.

On second thought, double-down the federal reserve notes and loop it back from Bakersfield; call it an expansion of the Madera Raceway.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 14:30 | Link to Comment Bolweevil
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shake and bake!

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 13:48 | Link to Comment stocktivity
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How many people actually need to travel at high speed from LA to San Fran or the opposite way each day? Do they honestly believe there are enough to turn a profit let alone pay off billions in loans? Some common sense is needed here....oh wait...I forgot...this is California were speaking of.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 13:59 | Link to Comment Stuck on Zero
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Millions of illegal immigrants need transport from the border up through the state.  They will be very pleased.

 

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 14:39 | Link to Comment GMadScientist
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Who said you'd be buying a ticket?

 

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 16:51 | Link to Comment knukles
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2 or 3

Sat, 08/25/2012 - 00:20 | Link to Comment monad
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Actually the electronic freeway signs say, "Texting is against the law."

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 11:46 | Link to Comment makeyoumiss
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HA HA! I live in Bizzzarroo world

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:07 | Link to Comment Bobbyrib
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Move to reality.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:10 | Link to Comment Rainman
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haha...me too.....a lifetime locked up in a liberal prison from which I cannot escape. I hear bond vigilantes knocking at the door. 

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 11:47 | Link to Comment Aziz
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"What about us braindead slobs?"

"You'll be given cushy jobs" 

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 11:49 | Link to Comment Seasmoke
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sorry Mom, the mob has spoken

- Bart Simpson

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 11:52 | Link to Comment q99x2
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How else you going to get the masses to the FEMA camps.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 14:08 | Link to Comment Oldrepublic
Sat, 07/07/2012 - 11:52 | Link to Comment CloseToTheEdge
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we know where Jamie partied last nite

 

Everyday is a bank account, and time is our currency. No one is rich, no one is poor, we've got 24 hours each. C.Rice

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 11:53 | Link to Comment TrainWreck1
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A Los Angeles to San Francisco trebuchet would be far more entertaining.

 

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:14 | Link to Comment i-dog
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With all those shotguns in between? LOL ... Pull!!

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:24 | Link to Comment Hulk
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LOL, now there is an image !!!

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:56 | Link to Comment Don Keot
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I see the 4:10 to LA

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 11:55 | Link to Comment Ancona
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If people in California don't change their government, they deserve what they get. Businesses have been leaving California in droves and moving to friendlier states for a long time now. The budget crisis is only speeding up the process. My state of Flroida is a sort of middle of the road state, but at least we don't have state income tax or a bunch of retarded socialists running our government.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:03 | Link to Comment DoChenRollingBearing
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Truth spoken here, + 1

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:10 | Link to Comment bobnoxy
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No, you just have a governor who paid a record fine for screwing the government over health care costs now and somehow stayed out of prison...running the government! It's even better than Turbo Tim cheating on his taxes then getting to run the IRS!

Do check out what's going on with the Republican led state government. A set of yahoos rivaling any other state. And you think they're middle of the road? Maybe if you're drug-addled Rush Limbaugh.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 19:38 | Link to Comment sun tzu
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Yet Florida still has a functional government that is not bankrupt, unlike the democrat run states of Clownifornia and Illinois

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:33 | Link to Comment JR
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Conservative Californians no longer have the vote to return a fiscally responsible legislature and governor to Sacramento.  According to Fox News on June 2, 2010, a Republican candidate has not unseated an incumbent congressional Democrat in California since 1994.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/06/02/california-new-jungle-primary-could-be-tough-for-gop-candidates/#ixzz1zxDBmGlN

In 1994, California voters voted 59 to 41 percent to approve Proposition 187, the “Save Our State” Initiative making it law that California residents were not responsible for the schooling and health care of illegal aliens. It also stepped up labor law and border enforcement.

A single federal judge blocked its implementation. Whites, since 2008 and continued open border policy, now comprise less than 40 percent of the California population and are below replacement level. According to Fox, 44 percent of the state’s roughly 17 million voters are Democrats, compared to 30 percent for Republicans. As whites, conservatives and businesses leave the state, some say the GOP already is a "third party" in several California supervisorial districts.

IOW, there no longer is a “59 percent” fiscal majority left in California to “Save Our State.”

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 13:08 | Link to Comment azzhatter
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The productive responsible population has already or is currently leaving California. 

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 15:17 | Link to Comment Bolweevil
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 I feel like I either need to get to the next level and start my world tour or "raise a black flag and start slitting throats" metaphorically speaking. 

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 14:42 | Link to Comment GMadScientist
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Good old Pistol Pete Wilson. I miss that racist skinhead son-of-a-bitch. What a gaping hole that useless dickhead was.

 

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 19:44 | Link to Comment sun tzu
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Are you sure you're not thinking of your mother or 0bama?

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 17:02 | Link to Comment hivekiller
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As one demographer said of California, the future is of 2 and a half classes: the wealthy, public employees, and the great unwashed who keep voting for more goodies.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 19:06 | Link to Comment Lucky Guesst
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As long as the wealthy stay there and take it the public employees and losers can milk them.

I have no problm with this until they start getting federal help. Then it effects me and mine. Too bad we don't get to vote nationaly directly. Instead we have to go through corrupt politicians. I think its time to cut out the middle man. Citizens should vote in each state and then the states vote the outcome.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 11:57 | Link to Comment dwdollar
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Let me guess... the majority of the construction will be done in China for pennies and shipped to Commiefornia in pieces where over paid union laborers will mark it up 1000% for their one hour a day of work installing it?

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:09 | Link to Comment Bobbyrib
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It's almost as if you have a copy of the plans.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 13:18 | Link to Comment AssFire
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Of course there will be TSA professionals to oversee the groping and theft ensuring it is at least as inefficient as airline travel.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 15:29 | Link to Comment francis_sawyer
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Long graffitti spray paint...

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 11:58 | Link to Comment I am Jobe
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Yippie, just like Farcebook another crap to enable more fraud. Stop this crap already u dip shit.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:00 | Link to Comment monopoly
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How can anyone in CA. outside of unions, believe this is good for their state. What is wrong with these politicians, that they are willing to create their own 8.6 earthquake without the earth moving. And where the hell did the Federal Govt. get the money to give CA. Oh, right, Ctl.P. Forgot that part.

If this ever gets started it will be the death knell for CA. The ocean towns doing well, move 60 miles inland and you hit depression status. And I guarantee if they say 68 billion, the cost will be 136 billion. They cannot even pay their current bills and they enter into more debt. A 5th grader can do better than the imbeciles running the show in CA. And Jerry Brown just lost it with me. Totally absurd.

 

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:50 | Link to Comment Not Too Important
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The ocean towns are doing well until the Fukushima debris hits the coasts, and it's all radioactive. People are starting to move away, especially the crowd in Malibu. Swimming in radioactive water isn't too healthy.

And if anyone had any doubts, the Mayor of Scranton has done the last thing before bankruptcy - pay everyone minimum wage, despite a court order not to:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/05/scranton-minimum-wage-city-work...

Coming to every city in the country, if they're not living on natural resource extraction. Hint - that's all that's left.

We are completely f$%#ed in CA. Completely. Broke government, broke economy, water and air radioactive, run by corrupt politicians.

Remember, the West Coast has been hit hardest by the radiation plume from Fukushima. We're covered with uranium and plutonium. It doesn't go away, and it's increasing daily.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 13:20 | Link to Comment AssFire
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I junked you for having a link to huffingtontonpost.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 13:47 | Link to Comment Not Too Important
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I know, I know. Came up in a search for the Scranton debacle. Not a regular reader.

I just junked myself, too. Pride, bitchez!

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 16:33 | Link to Comment FeralSerf
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Huffington is a plastic communist.  Did you see how much she made when she sold Huffington Post?  Not bad for a "leftist" website.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:02 | Link to Comment monopoly
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At least here in Nevada we know we are broke and admit it. Besides, with Harry Reid still roaming the Las Vegas casinos, what could possibly go wrong. Cannot believe he is not in an assisted living home yet.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:07 | Link to Comment I am Jobe
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Nevada is as bad as CA. Norhtern CA the future is Prostituiton and Drugs. Nothing left due to inbreeding. Sandavol is as corrupt as the rest. Just a different party.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:04 | Link to Comment goforgin
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Californians might be smarter than you.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:07 | Link to Comment meghaljani
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May be if I replace empty cavity of your skull with a hamster, you might understand how to balance a checkbook. 

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:10 | Link to Comment goforgin
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Where were you during the past 40-years, smartass?

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:19 | Link to Comment meghaljani
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That's none of your business. Are you from Department of Homeland Security?

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:26 | Link to Comment i-dog
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No. He's just a collaborator looking for a spotter's fee.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:29 | Link to Comment goforgin
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No, but why do you think that California must be run in manner that benefits you, as opposed to Jose, or Maria or Terrell?

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:43 | Link to Comment bob_dabolina
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CA should run in a manner that will sustain itself.

Best way to get out of a hole...stop digging.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 15:31 | Link to Comment francis_sawyer
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I say keep digging so you fall into the Pacific Ocean faster...

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:46 | Link to Comment LasVegasDave
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Because Jose Maria and Terrell dont pay taxes, but are content to steal money at gunpoint from taxpayers to support themselves.

Illegal immigration and welfare killed Cali.  And its starting to kill Nevada.

 

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 15:51 | Link to Comment J in Vegas
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+1. 

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 22:02 | Link to Comment Homeland Security
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Why, yes. Yes I am. So, where were you?

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 23:17 | Link to Comment monad
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If you're American Stasi, how come you need to ask? Just let your fingers do the walking @TTIA.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 00:26 | Link to Comment Homeland Security
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Martha Stewart did not go to prison for insider trading. She went to prison for lying to federal agents who asked her a few simple questions. Ask the simple questions and if the person lies the penalty for lying is frequently more severe than the penalty for the original crime. So, what is your real name?

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:29 | Link to Comment toady
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Playing what is becoming the 'classic PIIG' game, stealing more and more money while they can with no intention of paying, building, or 'austarity'.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:06 | Link to Comment TooBearish
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90% of the "funding" will go to state and municipal unions for pensions, urban studies and COLA increases of 10%, the remaning 10% to China to make a really cool prototype train that will never find the tracks because that will take another 100Bil in new "funding" to be built by labor unions in 20 yrs time...
Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:20 | Link to Comment CloseToTheEdge
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don't forget the 75+ years of P3s contracts

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:35 | Link to Comment Freewheelin Franklin
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And don't forget Mr Richard's salary of a cool $340,000 + bennies, and all the other cronies Gov Brown is paying back besides the unions.

Crony Capitalism: Everybody WINS!

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 15:01 | Link to Comment Ropingdown
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No. Not everybody.  Just some people.  These we call "The Cronies."  I'm not a crony.  Are you? 

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 18:02 | Link to Comment cameldojo
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+1 for NOTTOOBEARISH

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:07 | Link to Comment JR
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Obama’s Democrat no-ID base can’t-we-all-just-share voters at work:

VIDEO - Illegal Alien Mass Voter Fraud Discovered in FL

“HUNDREDS of cases in Florida of undocumented democrats voting illegally….THIS IS JUST THE VERY TIP OF THE ICEBERG FOLKS!”

http://capoliticalnews.com/2012/04/05/illegal-alien-mass-voter-fraud-discovered-in-fl/

County supervisors have no way to verify citizenship, no data base to investigate voter fraud. Under the 1992 Motor Voter law, officials are not required to ask for proof of citizenship.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:09 | Link to Comment I am Jobe
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No worries. Electrion is already bought and paid for. Obama will be in office for another 4 years. End of USSA, more wars and crap. At least the masses can look forwward to more TV shows and be content with TomKat and Kardashians.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 14:56 | Link to Comment Diet Coke and F...
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That's what I figure as well. 4 more of Obama only because he presents better (better speaches, more 'style') then Romney.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:08 | Link to Comment Id fight Gandhi
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Is there a chance the track could bend?

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:10 | Link to Comment I am Jobe
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Lets see:

Cost over runs

will not complete this crap on time

Fraud

No one use it

 

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 21:41 | Link to Comment VallejoVillain
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Take a look at the Bay Bridge. Wayyy behind schedule. Another CalTrans winner.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:08 | Link to Comment The Big Ching-aso
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Runaway train budget.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:15 | Link to Comment tlnzz
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Full speed ahead. Ignore that vertical mountain wall ahead. Peddle to the metal.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 14:34 | Link to Comment Winston Churchill
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Is it a Taggert transcontintal rail line ?

Kalifornia

Starting at the bottom and working its way down

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:13 | Link to Comment bob_dabolina
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Now all the gangs from L.A can start infesting San Fransisco with cheaper transportation now available.

Drugs and violence just found a nice avenue of approach to all the rich yuppy brats in San Fransisco.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:15 | Link to Comment Alpo for Granny
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Yup. They should name it the "Rob and Ride".

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:25 | Link to Comment bob_dabolina
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Only nice place in CA left will be Ranco Santa Fe.

It always irked the shit out of me that Rancho has that Scientology church basically in the heart of down town.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 13:39 | Link to Comment salvadordaly
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I am pretty sure the TSA will have none of that buisness going through their check in and pat down procedures. Just a guess. Think airport security.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:12 | Link to Comment nmewn
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"Where the money ends up now is anyone's guess."

I'm thinkin some of it will go to political crony's who may want to refurbish the closed Solyndra plant in Freemont...maybe get a loan guarantee from the Feds on the original granted federal money and start making one quart flush toilets to sell to the moonbats over in Frisco.

Going long plungers and bleach again.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:12 | Link to Comment max2205
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More fucked bond holders being born.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:15 | Link to Comment bob_dabolina
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...you mean tax payers right?

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:21 | Link to Comment Id fight Gandhi
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What's this "tax payer" you speak of? Do you mean "uncle sucker" the gummyment always has to pay in some way for anything to be built stateside.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:31 | Link to Comment bob_dabolina
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I mean CA has more debt than it can pay back.

What will happen is that the Federal Reserve bails out CA in some vicarious way. In other words: JPM will end up buying CA bonds and two hours later sell them to the Fed which will have purchased the bonds with money printed out of thin air.

I get to pay for California's prodigal ways through inflation and CA will remain a welfare state of the welfare state (US)

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 14:44 | Link to Comment GMadScientist
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Payback for subsidizing the flyover states at the federal level for decades.

 

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:22 | Link to Comment Id fight Gandhi
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And how much will this wonderment of futuristic transportation cost to rebuild when the earthquakes hit and damage the track?

Rails at least don't have that problem, as much.

Oh but rest assured. We'll have the chinamen building it train and all.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 14:57 | Link to Comment Bolweevil
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We'll have the chinamen building it train and all.

history repeats

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:17 | Link to Comment Catullus
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And just like "ObamaCare", the promises made to you can always be defaulted on.  The train is never going to be built. Just like there's never going to be any meaningful change or access to healthcare. But the state is going to get funding.  Not for the projects in dangles in front of you.  But to keep the state afloat.  Money is fungible and there's going to be a prioritization of whom gets paid first. 

Remember that when it comes to Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid.  Think you're going to get paid before bondholders of Treasuries?  Or military contractors?  Or of the military itself?  No chance in hell.  In the meantime, they are going to tax the hell out of you. 

Ask anyone from Louisiana if "gaming" money has ever gone to fund their schools as was originally promised.  Or if the tobacco settlement went into the Florida Teachers' Pension Fund.  How about the Social Security Fund; think there's anything in there but a bunch of IOUs from the Treasury?  If you listen closely, you may actually hear the disillusionment bubble popping.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 23:00 | Link to Comment AssFire
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+1,000,000 we have a winner.

Remember the "Super Conducting Super Collider"?

This is like listening to a unemployed, uneducated homeless person's plan to build a mansion. It would be hilarious if it weren't so sad.

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:18 | Link to Comment IMA5U
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Liberal Math: "We still have lots of work to do.  We are still paying for policies of the past that haven't worked  We need to build this economy from the bottom up and not the top down."

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:22 | Link to Comment TahoeBilly2012
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I live in Sacramento. Yea, I can't wait to ride the monorail to Pornlandia, CA! Actually this will be great for getting migrant farm workers around the Central Valley in air conditioned style....

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 14:48 | Link to Comment GMadScientist
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I look forward to laughing while you pick your own produce in the heat.

 

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:31 | Link to Comment goforgin
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Why do I get a feeling that bunch of you guys are like fanatical SS-men in stupor, sitting in a Further bunker in May 1945 dreaming of Victory. The present monetary system is a lost cause--it can't be saved especially by imposing austerity.

In that sense California policy-makers are far more coherent and lucid than the farcical NEW tight wads.

Japan has figured it out, the West might figure it out too?

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 12:39 | Link to Comment toady
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Get that money while the gettin's good!

I just hope a few of the people who get there hands on some of it buy beans, bullets, and band aids!

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 13:33 | Link to Comment CaptainObvious
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Japan?  You're using Japan as an example?  Have you looked at Japan's debt to GDP ratio lately??!!

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