As published in today’s Tampa Tribune
BY CHRIS INGRAM
Published: March 1, 2011
Gov. Rick Scott’s tactics to kill the high-speed rail project are wrong.
Make no mistake, I don’t support a high-speed rail line from Tampa to Orlando. I have many concerns, the first of which is the federal government doesn’t have the money it is planning to “give” the state of Florida. Today, just about everything the federal government does burdens future generations with more debt; our children deserve better.
But the solution to our national debt crisis (currently in excess of $14 trillion) is not to reject or curtail spending on infrastructure. Rather, it is to throw out 95 percent of Congress as well as the president and to begin meaningful cuts to entitlement programs like Medicare and Social Security.
I have argued we need to start making cuts somewhere, but as rail supporters accurately point out, Florida (or any other state for that matter) will not put a dent in the looming train wreck that is the national debt by refusing federal transportation dollars — because some other state will always be happy to take the funds.
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