Stealing Borrowing again from Karen, The Lovely Conservative:
July 7, 2012
President Obama sure knows how to pick ‘em. His Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood lamented that the US isn’t more like China when it comes to infrastructure planning and spending. Over there a few people manage these things and the voters have no say. But thanks to our messy form of government he isn’t able to spend as much as he would like on boondoggles like high speed rail.
Echoing the laments of pundits like Thomas Friedman of the New York Times, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood argued Saturday that China outpaces the United States in building major transportation infrastructure like high-speed rail because of its authoritarian system and because the Chinese don’t have the Republican Party holding up progress.
“The Chinese are more successful [in building infrastructure] because in their country, only three people make the decision. In our country, 3,000 people do, 3 million,” LaHood said in a short interview with The Cable on the sidelines of the 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival on June 30. “In a country where only three people make the decision, they can decide where to put their rail line, get the money, and do it. We don’t do it that way in America.” …
“Two years ago, between 50 to 60 Republicans were elected to the House of Representatives to come to Washington to do nothing, and that’s what they’ve done and they’ve stopped any progress. Those people don’t have any vision about what the government can do. That’s been a real inhibitor in our ability to think outside the box and think big,” he said. (Read More)
Not all of China’s high speed rail projects have been success stories. And how about those new cities that sit empty? But what’s he so sore about anyway? California just approved a massive high speed rail boondoggle that will put the state’s bankruptcy on the fast track, so why isn’t he celebrating?
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Gee, what an absolute shame that the United States is a democratic representative republic, that the actual voters get a say. “Two years ago, between 50 to 60 Republicans were elected to the House of Representatives to come to Washington to do nothing, and that’s what they’ve done and they’ve stopped any progress.” Those new Republicans were elected to Congress precisely on the platform that they would try to stop federal government overspending; that was what the TEA Party was all about. But it seems that Mr LaHood is just beside himself because the voters disapproved of President Obama’s plans, and the Republicans who were elected are actually trying to keep their promises.