But it seems that the specter of $3 billion in federal money is so enticing to our Legislature that, in spite of the fact that California is teetering on the brink of insolvency, our state government has pledged to match the federal funds for building the bullet train, knowing that we'll have to come up with another $89 billion to complete the project. That's right: $89 billion.
The fiasco looks like this: Our bankrupt federal government offers taxpayer dollars to our bankrupt state government, which offers more of our taxpayer dollars to, no doubt, some well-greased palms, and a few high-bidding construction unions, for a needless project that can only end tragically, ruining California's economy beyond all recognition for generations to come. Think austerity measures and worse.
Governor Brown, rather than admitting this is a time-bomb for the state, has said he'll try to get the money from China. China? Do we really want the Communist Chinese holding and controlling part of California's infrastructure? What are the implications of that for our sovereignty? Our bankrupt state now seems ready to sell its soul for a "free" government lunch.
Of course there are no free lunches. That is the concept that has bankrupted most of the Third World, and seduced European countries such as Greece into financial ruin. It takes wisdom and courage to turn down "easy" money, which always comes with strings attached. We need our senators and other decision-makers to turn down this gigantic wrecking ball that is aimed squarely at California.
Cherie Zaslawsky, Menlo Park