Trump Demands California Pay Back Federal Government for Canceled Bullet Train Project

The State of California, Guv Brown, knew it was lying when it told the Fed we could build a train to nowhere, costing $200 billion by 2017.  Then in 2016 Obama gave California till the end of 2021 to build the train.  Now we know it can not be built, and even if the money was available, it would take FORTY years.  By then it would be so out of date you could you it for a classroom example of scam artists in charge of government.

“The way that the size of your “impermeable” square footage was determined was by someone flying over all the parcels in LA County and using image manipulation to calculate the number. You will be able to go online and see your bill. Then compare it with the spiffy language in Measure W on cost to taxpayers and see how you really fared.

And don’t bother with a challenge. Unless you have a really big parcel or are a good-sized corporation, you don’t stand a chance. As I mentioned before, there are only two grounds for appeal — either a mathematical error in the calculation, or a “significant discrepancy” between “the assessed and the actual Impermeable Area.” So good luck with that (you can read the earlier article here.

The people of Iowa should not pay for the scam artists of Sacramento—what do you think?  Should we pay back the $3.5 billion Brown and the Democrats scammed from the Federal taxpayers?


Trump Demands California Pay Back Federal Government for Canceled Bullet Train Project

Evie Fordham, Daily Signal,  2/14/19

“California has been forced to cancel the massive bullet train project after having spent and wasted many billions of dollars … We want that money back now,” President Donald Trump says.

President Donald Trump demanded that California pay back the federal government for its abandoned high-speed rail project, in a tweet Wednesday evening.

“California has been forced to cancel the massive bullet train project after having spent and wasted many billions of dollars,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “They owe the Federal Government three and a half billion dollars. We want that money back now. Whole project is a ‘green’ disaster!”

Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom responded to Trump’s tweet Wednesday evening.

“Fake news,” Newsom wrote on Twitter. “We’re building high-speed rail, connecting the Central Valley and beyond. This is [California’s] money, allocated by Congress for this project. We’re not giving it back. The train is leaving the station—better get on board! (Also, desperately searching for some wall $$??)”

Newsom announced Tuesday he was abandoning the high-speed rail project that sought to connect Los Angeles to San Francisco.

“Let’s level about the high-speed rail,” Newsom said during his State of the State address. “Let’s be real, the current project as planned would cost too much and, respectfully, take too long. Right now, there simply isn’t a path to get from Sacramento to San Diego, let alone from San Francisco to L.A. I wish there were.”

The governor’s office appeared to partially walk back the announcement Wednesday.

The multibillion-dollar project is not dead, Jesse Melgar, a spokesman in Newsom’s office, told The Daily Caller News Foundation Wednesday.

“We have to be realistic about the project—that means refocus and reprioritize to get a finished section from Bakersfield to Merced,” Melgar said, adding that the governor intends on “completing the bookend projects and finishing the environmental review for the San Francisco to Los Angeles leg.”

Former California state Assemblyman Chuck Devore appeared on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Wednesday to discuss the fate of the high-speed rail project.

“The federal government has put $3.5 billion into it,” Devore said. “And now they are in material breach of their agreement with the federal government. I think the federal government should ask for that money back and use it to build the wall.”

Projected costs for the full train project had grown from $33 billion to $77 billion, leading to Newsom’s announcement Tuesday.


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