A Tale of Two States and the Little Choo-Choos That Could

Is there something about Democrats and trains? New Mexico’s recent governor Bill Richardson (D) burdened his very poor state with the Roadrunner, a state-owned passenger train connecting Albuquerque and Santa Fe alongside the I-25 freeway. The governor guaranteed his remembrance by the debt left by the project and by the ongoing deficit the train runs every year lugging a comparatively few folks the roughly 60 miles between the cities. It’s true that the streamlined-looking train looks nice from your car’s window as you pass it on your way from one city to the other. But so far, the choo-choo’s biggest impact has been more on moving the state’s money than its people.

New Mexico is a small, poor state; California is a really large and newly poor one that apparently feels the pressure to compete; it’s supposed to be a leader, right? California Cities Bankrupt But Bullet Train Barrels On will give you the latest on its response to Nuevo Mejiquito; it’s connecting two adjacent cities by train too but appropriately, the distance is 400 miles and it’s a high speed bullet train that will get you from L.A. to San Francisco  in only twice the time you can fly. It one-up’s Richardson’s N.M. folly for cost, too; high speed rail can’t use ordinary railroad tracks. And instead of mostly open desert (which cost plenty) the Golden State turf between the two cities is built up and new right-of-way where needed will likely make gold look cheap. Maybe the State’s Governor Moonbeam, Jerry Brown (D) can sell off some of his bankrupt cities for quick cash.  Or perhaps he’s smarter than he looks and is planning to make up the deficits on the amount he charges folks to park at train stations. I hear you can’t leave your car at LAX more than about 3 days; the parking fee will cost more than the car.

N.M’s Richardson can’t compete any more, his term has ended. But Governor Moonbeam is still in Sacramento and if I were an inmate–excuse me, a citizen of California I’d have to worry a bit, knowing that Richardson’s parting gift to his state was a brand new (via more borrowed billions), shiny spaceport down in the desert near Mexico. If you’re reading this outside N.M. I’ll bet you don’t have an honest to goodness spaceport! Or of course, the debt to go with. Even with his train building, I’ll bet Moonbeam can’t sleep nights, thinking of it…

About Jack Curtis

Suspicious of government, doubtful of economics, fond of figure skating (but the off-ice part, not so much) Couple of degrees in government, a few medals in figure skating; just reading and suspicion for economics ...
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