What a shame it is that the actual voters have a say in things here.

Stealing Borrowing again from Karen, The Lovely Conservative:

Obama’s Transportation Secretary Loves the Way They Do Things In China

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?

More at the link.

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.


  1. Remember when DEMOCRAT Beverly Perdue, the Governor of North Carolina, declared they could actually get stuff done if only they bypassed the elections this time around?

    Such fun and games, and such insight into the hearts and souls of the Fascist Democrat Party.

  2. Well, Boo Hoo for Mr. LaHood. If he likes the way China does things so well, he should move himself and his family right on over there. I’m sure they would let him and his family live there. They would deserve each other.

    Sorry, but I can’t stand it when some tries to allude to this mysterious non-fact that China’s system is so much better than ours.

  3. What do you suppose would happen to Transportation Minister Rai Li-Xud in China if he suggested that the American system was better than China’s?

  4. LaHood has a point. Representative governments are messy, slow, and inefficient. But, since our Republic derives its authority from the consent over those it governs, we the people insist our overseers act only after we’ve had enough time to see what they’re up to and to decide if it serves our best interests or not.

    That’s precisely why we’re outraged at Barack Obama and his enablers in the Democrat Party. They’re attempting to be more like the Chinese and impose their ideas on us whether we approve or not.

    That’s why Democrats forced ObamaCare legislation on us in the dark of night, on Christmas Eve, without allowing even time to find out what the legislation included. And that under the cloud of bribes, special accommodations, and carve-outs, and without a single GOP vote.

    So, we see that LaHood’s preferences are shared by the totalitarians in the White House and in the Democrat Party. They prefer the tidy efficiency of a communist dictatorship to the messy freedom and liberty of our Republic.

    Well, I’ve got news for our wannabe dictators, this ain’t China and Barack Obama isn’t Mao Zedong, yet.

  5. And let’s not forget ANITA DUNN at a commencement speech:

    The airing of a June video showing interim White House Communications Director Anita Dunn praising Mao and Mother Teresa as “two of my favorite philosophers” to a group of high school students is barely news in the establishment press

    …. the third lesson and tip actually comes from two of my favorite political philosophers – Mao Tse Tung and Mother Teresa, not often coupled with each other but the two people that I turn to most to basically deliver a simple point, which is you’re going to make choices.

    Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tom-blumer/2009/10/18/anita-dunn-mao-establishment-press-predictably-mostly-muzzled#ixzz203SL38FQ

  6. Eric, it’s got nothing at all to do with efficient transportation, it only because Solyndra energy panel scams have been wearing a bit thin lately and if Obama’s campaign contributors are to keep the money spigot flowing it’s time for the Administration’s corruptocrats to pick another transparent excuse to keep on looting the Treasury in the name of green energy.

    There’s an election coming and Obama needs the money if he going to buy enough TV time to get reelected. Since the economic downturn there just aren’t illegal aliens crossing the border to provide the votes he needs to overcome his record of failures.

  7. Eric, it’s simple: the Europeans and the Japanese like passenger rail, and our American friends on the left who think that we ought to be more like the Europeans seem to think that that’s part of it. The urban hipsters who ride the subways think that it’s cool.

    But we’re not like the Europeans, and our country is nothing like Europe: we have vast expanses of wide, open spaces, and our transportation needs and infrastructure evolved around American needs and desires. What is reasonable and practical for more densely-populated Western Europe is not necessarily reasonable and practical for the United States.

    There are some places in the US where high speed passenger rail does make sense, primarily in the densely-populated Northeast corridor, and we already have it there. But even in the Northeast, results are mixed.

  8. That makes sense York, passengers are going to need an ID to ride the new rails and too many of the professional voters who actually live in downtown LA just don’t feel comfortable showing picture identification for fear of triggering an arrest warrant or an illegal immigration alert, then there’s all those back child support payments, and well, there’s just no place like home.

    Besides, you just gotta be there when the mail comes, ya know?

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