jaredsxtn Wrote: Man I miss that show. I'm so bummed that HBO decided to end it after only three seasons.Everyone who thinks 'America is the best' should be able to explain why, exactly, we are. As he said in the clip--we are number one in only three things: number of prisoners, people who believe in god, and military spending. I'm not entirely sure how that makes us the best country in the world when we are behind some third world countries when it comes to education and countless other topics.
Schmidt Wrote: I think California was the only state that wasn't opposed to the idea, but I haven't heard what's happening there. I suppose there were obstacles to overcome there as well.
jaredsxtn Wrote:Schmidt Wrote: I think California was the only state that wasn't opposed to the idea, but I haven't heard what's happening there. I suppose there were obstacles to overcome there as well. The California high speed rail is currently under construction. It's taken a long time to get it going, and it's not supposed to be done for another fifteen years. I'm not sure why it is going to take so long though.California High-Speed Rail
Schmidt Wrote: Thanks Jared. I think we all agree that high speed rail is just a part of a much bigger problem regarding infrastructure. Republicans are so obstructionist in their phobia about cutting taxes and spending and "big government tyranny" that they have lost all sight of what made America "great" during a few small windows in our distant history. And those windows have been kept tightly shut by the "No Compromise" Tea Party Republicans that mimic Reagan's often repeated slogan, "government is not the solution to the problem, government is the problem".I live in the highly Christian conservative city of Colorado Springs whose candidates run for office on the mandate of cutting taxes...always cutting taxes. We've cut city government taxes and services, and now after the winter people are bitching about all the potholes. However, the city doesn't have enough money to fix all the potholes because we vote down all measures to increase taxes. Given a choice in this city of lowering taxes and living with more potholes, they will always vote for more potholes. They won't call it "potholes" though...they vote for the promise of more prudent spending, and to an extent I might agree as I look where my city taxes are spent. But then they cut bus services to poorer neighborhoods to cut spending...or stop watering our city parks and trees, which then die and have to be replanted.