The USA took a first step toward building a national high-speed rail network when the Obama administration announced the winners of $8 billion in grants for rail-building projects Thursday.
"We want to start looking deep into the 21st century," President Obama said at a town hall meeting in Tampa. "There's no reason why other countries can build high-speed rail lines and we can't."
Thirteen existing rail corridors in 31 states will receive funds. The big winners: California, Florida and Illinois.
They're not even trying to make believe the "spending freeze" is real.
By the way - - $8 billion for California, Florida and Illinois? Payback to Republican governors who supported the stimulus bill, and pork for the home team.