In his response to Barack Obama's speech, Bobby Jindal singled out a (fictional) proposal to construct a "magnetic levitation line from Las Vegas to Disneyland" as a perfect example of "wasteful spending" that wouldn't stimulate the economy. Well, guess what?
Louisiana's transportation department plans to request federal dollars for a New Orleans to Baton Rouge passenger rail service from the same pot of railroad money in the president's economic stimulus package that Gov. Bobby Jindal criticized as unnecessary pork on national television Tuesday night.
The high-speed rail line, a topic of discussion for years, would require $110 million to upgrade existing freight lines and terminals to handle a passenger train operation, said Mark Lambert, spokesman for the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.
So, to review, a nonexistent high speed rail line from LA to Las Vegas proves that the Recovery Act is full of wasteful "pork", while a high speed rail line from New Orleans to Baton Rouge is vitally necessary infrastructure spending. This is reason No. Eleventy to ignore Republican complaints about the stimulus.