Scott rejects high-speed rail boondoggle
By Chris Ingram
Rick Scott has announced he has rejected the proposed high-speed rail train between Orlando and Tampa. The mostly federally funded project came with strings which left Florida taxpayers immediately on the hook for a portion of the proposal. Additionally, Floridians would have been liable for certain cost overruns and other under-performing measures for the line.
As taxpayers, we all owe Rick Scott a collective “thank you” for killing this boondoggle. Leadership is about making tough decisions. It’s about recognizing the difference between politically popular “wants” and unpopular “needs.” Knowing the difference escapes most politicians — especially our current president.
For the record, what we (America) need is more politicians like Scott who won’t take more deficit-financed projects (in part by China and other non-allies of the U.S.) and who will stop the hemorrhaging that is the U.S. federal debt — currently $14+ trillion and counting.
If Obama, wants us to have a train, let him figure out how to pay for it NOW — as opposed to burdening our children with more debt.
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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