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Scott Walker Does 180, Suddenly Backs Federal Money for High-Speed Rail

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 30, 2011

I think the English translation of this article is “Scott Walker fears getting his ass recalled next January”:

Less than four months after losing nearly all of an $810 million grant, Wisconsin is again seeking federal high-speed rail money – this time to upgrade the existing Milwaukee-to-Chicago passenger line.

Gov. Scott Walker’s administration will announce Tuesday that the state will seek at least $150 million to add equipment and facilities for Amtrak’s Hiawatha line.

The upgrades apparently would not increase the speed of the 79-mph line but could provide the capacity to increase the Hiawatha’s frequency from the current seven round trips daily.

In a bizarre twist, some of the money that Walker is now seeking originally was allocated for the Milwaukee-to-Madison route he previously turned down. That money is available because a fellow Republican governor rejected it, as well.

Too little too late, Dropout.

11 Responses to “Scott Walker Does 180, Suddenly Backs Federal Money for High-Speed Rail”

  1. jo6pac said

    Hopefully the money has been sent to Calif.

  2. Charles II said

    Hypocrisy, thy soul’s name is “Republican.”

    • Stormcrow said


      Counterexample: Barack Obama.

      • Oh, Obama tries, but it’s not been bred into his bones for generations like it has with Scott Walker.

      • Charles II said

        Hypocrisy is Obama’s servant, but not his soul.

        At least, not yet. As we know, making deals with the devil usually ends badly.

        When I say that hypocrisy is the soul of the Republicans, I mean that they will lie whenever they believe they can get away with it, often purely recreationally. Without lying, they are nothing.

        Why did Walker reject the rail funds initially? He said that it was “wasteful” spending. Now, supposedly because this is just for repairs rather than a new line, it’s valuable spending. But in fact the previous allocation included those repair costs– he could have requested a partial expenditure if he had genuinely believed that the repair money was valuable and the rest not. But he’s not inconsistent! This is dishonesty well above the normal for politicians.

  3. David W. said

    I’d be happy as a Wisconsin resident to get the rail improvements, so I hope it isn’t too late.

  4. shrimplate said

    Do Republicans even *understand* money? They don’t seem to realize what it can do or how it should be allocated for use.

    • Buttered Biscuit said

      How money should be ‘allocated for use’
      Poisoned minds.

    • Charles II said

      Buttered Biscuit, what do you think individuals, companies, and governments do with money? Decide how to spend it by ouija? Consult the oracle? Wipe themselves?

      No. They decide how to allocate it.

      If you’d criticized Shrimplate’s grammar, that would be one thing. But you’ve taken an enormous leap in judging what he’s thinking about. You are, I think I can safely say, no mentalist.

      Your comment qualifies as the silliest of the month. Hands down.

      The whole point of the Walker story is that he turned down the exact same money that he now wants. Before, he called it wasteful spending. Now he thinks it’s in the vital interest of Wisconsin. He is trying to dodge around by claiming that this smaller tranche of money that he is after is good spending, while the larger portion from which it came was bad spending. But of course, if he actually believed that, he would have accepted a portion of the money earlier, and only declined the portion he didn’t think was a good use.

      I think he’s a hypocrite, frightened for his political career. Shrimplate thinks he just has no clue about money. Either of us could be correct. But the only person with a “poisoned mind” is… you.

      • “I think he’s a hypocrite, frightened for his political career. Shrimplate thinks he just has no clue about money. Either of us could be correct.”

        And in face, you both are right. Governor Dropout’s a frightened hypocrite who has no clue about money.

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