What? Straz Center wants you to ride the train…

The Straz Center (formerly the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center) e-mailed me a link to take a survey about the proposed high speed rail boondoggle between Tampa and Orlando earlier today.

Our kids owe $14Trillion, but we want a train

By Chris Ingram

The Straz Center (formerly the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center) e-mailed me a link to take a survey about the proposed high speed rail boondoggle between Tampa and Orlando earlier today.

I’m not sure why the Straz Center is sticking its head into the messy debate about high speed rail, but doing so is certain to annoy many of its patrons and perhaps jeopardize its tax status for getting involved in a question of politics if it takes this issue much further.

You can take the survey by clicking here.

The survey is more-or-less meaningless in as much as its authors have written an instrument looking only for the answers they want — as opposed to meaningful research about what the public actually thinks about the high speed rail proposal.

All I know is our nation is $14 trillion dollars in debt and this stupid train is going to add billions more. Currently $2.05 billion in Chinese funds (to be clear: US taxpayer dollars financed by China and others) will help pay for the little train no one will ride to Disney World. Those figures of course are estimates. Once all the cost-overruns and screw-ups get figured in it will be 3-4x that amount as these things always do.

I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of all this deficit spending. Sure we want healthcare. Yes we want better roads. No doubt someone thinks we want some train to keep the tourists flowing to Orlando (ever been there? There isn’t a problem).  We want lots of things, we’re greedy Americans.

But what we need is for someone in Washington and Tallahassee to kick us all in the rear-end and say “enough is enough.”

Our kids are going to be saddled with all the debt for the things we want but are too spineless to pay for as we go. Shame on all of us for allowing this free-spending to continue. Shame on us for electing the politicians who promise us the world, but have no idea how to pay for it (other than to pass the buck to the next generation).

I’m going to invest in one of those Rosetta stone courses. The one on Mandarin. The Chinese will in fact own us, if we keep this up. I intend to be able to understand what my landlord is saying.

Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of Irreverent View. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, and National Review online. He is the Republican political analyst for Bay News 9, the only 24 hour all news channel in Florida’s largest media market. The opinions expressed here are those of author and do not represent the views of Bay News 9. E-mail him at: Chris@IrreverentView.com.

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