You know what they call someone who puts aside their morals for money – a whore. The L.A. Times is now asking the people of California to prostitute themselves because the state government is broke.
This comes from the same state that has poured billions of its tax and bond dollars into building a semi-high-speed railroad between Los Angeles and San Francisco, despite having more than a half-dozen air carriers servicing that same route. After several years, the tracks don’t come within a hundred miles of either city, and even its first leg still hasn’t been completed after nearly a decade of planning and spending. In fact, from the project’s latest construction update, it does not appear that a single mile of actual new high-speed track has been laid anywhere in the state.
The LA Times editorial board has backed this project for almost a decade now, rather than spending money on water projects or any of a number of higher priorities. Even as the projected cost for this boondoggle hit $98 billion and no one could offer a convincing explanation as to why a fixed-rail system across the San Andreas Fault was superior to air service, the LA Times’ editors pushed for spending state and federal resources on the 30-year project. Meanwhile, California’s water infrastructure has decayed, along with most other public-use infrastructure in the state. They want the Trump administration to bail them out from an egregious mismanagement of public resources — but at least are realistic to know that they probably won’t get it.