Apr 20th 2009 7:34PM Wow, still so many who don't understand their history. If most of you Obama and Bush bashers took off your partisan blinders for a day and did some studying on both political parties. You would find that both are to blame for the mess this country is in. They all sell out to whoever gives them the most money. What we really need is this same outcry for term limits. No office should be more than two terms. Then we wouldnt have the same old farts being re-elected and spending a life time in office. It's amazing how we talk about other countries being fair when we don't have our own things together.
That being said, I dont approach this issue from a political stance. I approach from a social and economic stance. I think this article was well written, but most of you just seem to have heard the name Obama and spending.
Face it people, even if McCain had won.. we would still be spending. The only difference would be where and who would be getting the money. Obama didnt come up with the High Speed Rail plan... nor did Bush. It's been a long standing debate on the Hill and in many States for years before either of them. The fact is both parties with the help of oil companies and auto companies kept us hooked on our cars for a long time. Both parties ignored the growing population statistics and underfunded or declined to fund much of the things that would have helped to alleviate the problems we have today.
So now we have many problems at home... the roof is leaking, termites have invaded, we need more space and the coal burning stove is killing us slowly. A new family has moved in but found out they cant afford to fully maintain the place so its asking the town to help pay for it, and the neighbors are blaming the new family for letting the house get so run down. Sound familiar?
BTW, if you're 20 years old and watching MTV reality shows don't expect me or anyone of knowledge to take you too seriously. Read, listen and learn more than you watch others of your age group "wild out" on TV.
Apr 20th 2009 6:48PM where are the jobs? Well right here in my area they just had a job fair for green jobs. New and already established companies are hiring thanks to the federal funds. Again, research before you speak.
Apr 19th 2009 6:01PM After reading through the comments.. i would love to see where people are from who comment, i think that would give everyone some perspective. Some of you are for lack of a better word ignorant. And its the very reason why politicians don't listen "to the people". I wish that people would think or do some real research before they post. I can tell that of few of the posters have done just that, but the majority are just airing ignorant and political partisan rants. This issue has nothing to do with Obama except that he's brought it up thanks to Joe Biden.
The idea of transportation is not political. It's social and economic. Social in the sense that Americans are travelers. We like to travel to visit family and friends. Depending on the distance, cost and personal preference we have our choices of plane, train or automobile.
As I stated, a few of you have your facts right... we are going backwards with the train as a mode of transportation. But, only because we should have never left it to die. I remember when trains were the way we transported all of our goods. I remember when you used to have to sit at a stoplight for 5 or more minutes while the train went rolling by.. boy it would piss my grandparents off. Not only did it make people late but, as more people hit the roads in cars the traffic jams at those crossing and for streets after were a nightmare.
So, our government decided instead of paying the money to build overpasses for the trains or cars. The easier thing to do was to put a army of trucks on the road. Hey, they didnt have to pay for it.. the companies transporting the goods did. Or so they thought. Away went the train tracks i used to ride over that went right up behind the large distributors or industrial parks where trucks would load up for their local deliveries. Now we transport long haul and local by truck and are paying the price for it. Crumbling roads and bridges, traffic jams, 2 to 4 hour commutes by car one way to work and lets not forget those tolls, taxes and parking fees.
Now we come to the economics and geography. HSR isnt for everybody it's true. But it could be. Some of you have talked about how it wouldn't work for getting to and from work. But, do you take a plane to and from work? Very few people do in this country. And those that do... live within a certain geographic area. No, HSR isn't for you to take to work... it's to get the trucks off the road so your drive in to work can be cut in half. So, you can spend maybe a little more time at home with your kids who are going to "pay for this". HSR and major upgrades to the system from Canada to Florida on the east coast. Washington to California on the west coast and NY to LA or east to west.
Lets be real about some things. If you live in "the boondocks" then HSR wont mean a thing to you and i can understand not wanting to pay for it. But really it does mean something for almost everyone. Lower food prices... because companies can only "train" things to a certain distribution point they spend a lot on gas, oil and trucks. You should know that maintenance costs on those big 18 wheelers is a lot more than your car. Tires alone are a bundle and i know first hand. More often than not... that accident you saw was the result of a truck being overweight, the driver being sleepy or the tires being worn-down or refurbished cheaply. Exactly how much is the life of your child worth now??? I say think about that the next time you're out with the family rolling down the highway or on your way to the airport to go visit the grandparents, and that 18 wheeler with the sleepy driver and bad tires goes roaring by. You can say ... wow, maybe my family would be safer with those made in japan (where they have HSR) electronics he's carrying on a freight train somewhere.
As for the politics in this... trains just happen to be a Democratic thing because they are needed most in the highly democratic east and west coast corridors. The only time its a Republican issue is on the rare occasion it affects them somehow.
Apr 18th 2009 1:20AM When will people get it. Just cause there is a black family in the white house doesnt mean things have changed. Now, if Obama was as dark as Wesley Snipes then i would accept that change has truly come.
Truth is Obama had to parade around his white parent and grandparents as a badge to get elected, and that still only got him so far. The film industry is a business, Disney is a company... they know a story about a black prince and princess is not going to sell on its own. At least not to white america. Does this mean they are still the racist company they have always been. I say yes!
Dec 2nd 2008 5:53PM SOLUTION
switch to sprint $99
I did.. and i love it! Everything for $99 no ifs.. ands.. or buts.. or fineprint
Now if we could get the FCC to do the free universal wireless.. well ... that would wonderful.
Afterall .. what do you use that tiny cellphone screen for anyway?.. texting, email, and gps nav?
I have the unlimited package and the most i do is an occasional website for info while im out and i've used the tv feature once while waiting 45 minutes for a seat in a restaurant. And that was just to check football scores. Come on people.. we are being robbed and dont even realize it. Like .. why is text and pic data different from web data.. isn't it all data going through the same network... YES! So why is it priced separately?? The only reason is to make money... what if the cable providers started charging you for texting while on your broadband line at home .. or for email seperate from web browsing.. or maybe charging you separately for each protocol.. ie: web port 80, ftp port 21, etc, etc... sounds crazy right! But yet we accept this from our cell phone companies. And many of you writing comments even try to justify it! My internet access at home is $40 dollars.. and home phone is $30....Thats $70 a month and both are unlimited usage... so dont tell me that the cell phone companies cant lower the price... and dont tell me that the cell phone companies have a higher expense than landline telephone and cable companies. The only argument im willing to concede is that they may not have enough capacity to support all the users. Which is why im NOT against caps on the amount of data you can use on your phone. personally i think the transmission of video should be kept at home and off the cellphones and pda's (i could have just as easily gotten my NFL scores off the web). The time for the consumer being robbed has to end... but we need to be a little more realistic in what these little screens can and should do.
May 10th 2008 7:19PM Catherine almost touched on something... it wasnt awful that "she" lived that way. it's awful the asking price and the extreme waste for what amounts to an apartment. I think its a shame what people charge for apartments and pretty stupid what people pay to live in NYC (mostly Manhattan), its nothing to do with supply and demand.. but everything to do with greed, lust and vanity (sins). It truly is a shame we admire this while people starve to death and die in the streets and park below.