The only thing Democratic Presidential hopefuls apparently won’t ban is themselves using private jets to fly around and tell the rest of us we have to live like the Flintstones to save the planet. But as always with leftist elites, there are many reasons why their crushing policies should apply to us hoi-polloi but not to important people like them.
According to Pete Buttigieg (and I don’t mean to pick on him, but he just keeps making outrageously arrogant statements that perfectly encapsulate the attitudes of the entire field), he has to fly on private jets to campaign because “America is a very big country” and he has to visit all the states. But he can’t understand why we aren’t subsidizing trains because “trains are a lot easier to power on a green basis because they run on electricity."
Wow, so much flapdoodle to unpack in what, in typical liberal fashion, he calls “common sense.” But here goes:
1. Long-haul trains in the US don’t run on electricity, they run on diesel fuel, which all the Democrats plan to ban. To convert long-distance trains to high-speed electric would require massively expensive (and CO2-emitting) construction of specialized tracks and power stations. Also, the electricity has to be generated by something. The only reliable power source that doesn’t generate CO2 is nuclear, which – say it with me – Democrats will ban.
2. The fact that America is a “very big country” is a major reason why train travel is not a feasible option. Trains require laying tracks between every point on the trip, including over vast mountain ranges. Even the fastest are considerably slower than air travel, and after a long trip, you’ll still probably be miles from where you need to go. There’s a saying about trains: “Cars take you where you want to go. Trains take you where the train tracks go.”
3. We do subsidize trains. It's called Amtrak, and it costs all taxpayers about $1.4 billion a year, even though it serves only about 31.7 million passengers a year out of a nation of 327 million. Although it reaches 46 states, most of its riders are in the densely-populated Northeast, where it doesn’t take days to get from one city to the next. Amtrak has been described by critics as a “mobile money-burning machine.”
4. As for subsidizing the building of new high-speed rail, I refer you to the so-called “train to nowhere,” the plan to build a line between L.A. and San Francisco, which as of last February was 13 years behind schedule and $44 billion over budget. Gov. Gavin Newsom blasted it as costing too much and taking too long. It just might be the only government boondoggle so bad that even Gavin Newsom recognizes how awful it is.
5. Sorry you have to visit all the states to talk to voters to get elected President. Is that why Democrats want to abolish the Electoral College?
6. This isn’t a factual correction, but it’s instructive to note the way the question was phrased. CNN’s Chris Cuomo said that critics might shake their finger at Buttigieg, and he responded that “the right loves to sink their teeth into anything we say.” Note how the onus is put on the mean questioners for daring to bring up the subject. If Buttigieg were a Republican, the question would be, “Why are you such a big hypocrite?”
7. Finally, note that he never actually answered the question, which wasn’t about trains, it was about why he has to take private jets. Might I humbly suggest that he try flying commercial, the way I do, which has far lower CO2 emissions per passenger. He could start by flying home to South Bend, Indiana, and figuring out how to run his own city before trying to run the entire country or telling the rest of us how to run our lives or interpret the Bible.
I don’t know if you’ve been keeping up with this ridiculous story about President Trump and the Sharpie pen and the hurricane map and the media hysteria over whether, after the collapse of “Russian collusion” and every other charge, this could finally be the scandal that brings down the Administration, but there are only three things I have to say about it:
1. NOAA has issued a statement backing Trump: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/weather-officials-say-dorian-could-have-impacted-alabama-as-trump-said
2. Trump has found a way to make money off it while infuriating his critics:
3. I get that some people are suffering from terminal Trump Derangement Syndrome and think they have to rail about Trump 24/7. But rescuers are still pulling bodies from wreckage in the Bahamas and trying to help desperate people who’ve lost everything, so pardon me if I have ZERO patience left for your idiotic political sniping. For once in your empty, shallow lives, put your TDS on the back burner and try to focus your attention on what’s actually important, and that’s thousands of suffering hurricane victims, not a week-old incorrect weather map.
Dispatches from the Land of Wokeness: Will Witt of Prager University went to a trendy L.A. neighborhood and asked people to sign a petition to protect eagle eggs because baby eagles in the egg “have rights, too.” Many gladly signed, with one woman explaining that “eagles are people, too.”
Then, he asked them to sign a petition to protect human babies in the womb. Oh, no way! They’re totally pro-abortion!
So to sum up: to today’s liberals, pre-born eagles have rights and should be protected because they’re like people. But preborn people have no rights and can be killed with impunity.
I think I can understand why “Think Progress” went out of business due to the shortage of modern progressives interested in thinking.