In 2011, George Will wrote an article entitled, “Why liberals love trains”.
Generations hence, when the river of time has worn this presidency’s importance to a small, smooth pebble in the stream of history, people will still marvel that its defining trait was a mania for high-speed rail projects. This disorder illuminates the progressive mind.
Will then sums it up by writing
To progressives, the best thing about railroads is that people riding them are not in automobiles, which are subversive of the deference on which progressivism depends. Automobiles go hither and yon, wherever and whenever the driver desires, without timetables. Automobiles encourage people to think they—unsupervised, untutored, and unscripted—are masters of their fates. The automobile encourages people in delusions of adequacy, which make them resistant to government by experts who know what choices people should make.
George Will, of course, has a very good point. The main agenda, it seems, in the mind of the progressive/statist is to control everything. We see this all around us in the nanny state legislation and in cradle to grave entitlement programs. Politicians pass these laws under the guise of trying to help us, but we know that they really just want to be in charge of the whole world. And, they NEVER do it right!
Progressivism equals failure and botched high speed rail projects just exemplify this.
Reason.tv has covered the debacle that is rail in Honolulu.