Humble Rants 21 November 2012

Posted Wednesday, November 21, 2012 in Opinion

Humble Rants 21 November 2012

by Robert Skoglund aka The humble Farmer

Did Einhower really put $400 billion in present-day dollars into our interstate highway system, and was it a mistake? Should he have put some of that money into improving our rail service?   

Now some folks are asking if it would be cheaper and easier to move people and freight by rail, rather than over roads by trucks and cars.  

And, like everything else that costs money, this issue has been politicized. 

One party is for rail service, and most working people in the other party who would benefit the most by rail service have been conditioned to be dead set again' it.  

Many of your neighbors don’t know that in 1949 General Motors and other companies were convicted of conspiring to monopolize the sale of buses. Do you remember when they bought up street cars all over the country and junked them? Much as years later GM junked its very popular electric car?

Sixty and more years ago the plan was to make us dependent on our cars — nothing easier with gas at 19 cents a gallon. 

But now we have been married to the automobile for so long that we are way behind Europe when it comes to public transportation. And what kind of trains are they building now in China and Japan? Is it possible that a train in China averages over 200 miles per hour and that it makes a 600-mile trip in less than three hours? 

Can you guess which powerful companies are opposed to this kind of public transportation here and want us to use our cars and trucks? 

Is it time to properly fund passenger rail service in the United States?

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