California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared Tuesday there "isn't a path" for completing the state's plan for a high-speed rail line between San Francisco and Los Angeles, yet his office insisted he is fully committed to building such a project.So what go-to destinations are on the path?
Newsom, delivering his first State of the State address, said he'd shift his focus to completing just a 171-mile segment of the line already under construction in the state's Central Valley. The project is key to the economic vitality of the state's agricultural heartland, he said.
Democratic state Sen. Anna Caballero, who represents part of the Central Valley, called the shift to a line only from Bakersfield to Merced "disappointing." But she said she hopes to see that line connected to other state hubs at some point.Move what? Produce? Hey, you can stop in Fresno, too. I'm sure that's appealing. But argument by assertion is always king among California politicians:
"People need to see it move to really feel like it's important," she said.
Newsom rejected the idea that his plan would create a "train to nowhere" and said building in the Central Valley would help revitalize the economically depressed region.How, exactly? Well, he doesn't say.
Ann Althouse notices the herd of elephants standing in the doorway:
Sad and predictable. Awful dissonance with his party's "Green New Deal."Yes, that. High-speed rail from coast to coast. Ground those airplanes. Trains are better, you see. Sure, you can travel from Minneapolis to St. Louis if you'd like. I'm sure you don't mind going to Chicago first. Gotta save the planet and all that. You understand, right? Well, you'd better. Get on that train.