Joe Biden is giving California Gov Gavin Newsom a present. He is giving Newsom the one billion dollars that President Trump withheld because they scrapped plans to build high-speed rail.
Naturally, if you scrap the project, you don’t get the money to complete it. But Newsom can’t spend the money on the rail system they aren’t building, which means he can pretty much spend the money on anything he pleases.
One billion dollars could buy Newsom a lot of votes in the upcoming recall election. Nothing says vote for me more than free stuff. This could be the first program initiated by Newsom that does not prioritize illegal aliens.
That’s because few illegals vote compared to legal residents. But under what reasoning should Biden have given California the one billion dollars? Congress appropriated the money for high-speed rail. If the project has ended, why give them the money.
Biden might be tight with his own money but he is generous to a fault with yours and mine. Biden has canceled a program that helps victims of crimes committed by illegal aliens and he is redirecting that money to….you guessed it, illegal aliens. He is also redirecting two billion from the wall fund and will be redirecting that as well.
In a statement, Newsom announced that:
“The U.S. Department of Transportation and the State of California finalized settlement negotiations to restore nearly a billion dollars in federal grant funding to California’s High-Speed Rail project. The action comes after months of negotiations to restore funding that was previously rescinded by the Trump Administration in 2019.”
Breitbart News recalled the history of the high-speed rail project earlier this year:
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Voters approved the initial bond funding for the high-speed rail project in 2008, under Proposition 1A. The newly-elected Obama administration spent billions of dollars on high-speed rail under then-Vice President Joe Biden’s leadership in the 2009 stimulus bill, though none of the projects amounted to much. Only California, under then-Gov. Jerry Brown, took high-speed rail seriously — though cost overruns, environmental concerns, and right-of-way concerns delayed the project.
As Breitbart News noted:
[O]ver time, the project grew more and more expensive, rising from an initial estimate of $37 billion in 2008 to nearly $100 billion according to an estimate last year. In 2014, Breitbart News revealed that the “high-speed” train would not be so “high-speed” after all, running slower on tracks from San Jose to San Francisco, and from the San Fernando Valley into downtown Los Angeles. The earliest the project might have been completed was in 2033.