The General Idea

Ohhh, nooo!
The Trump administration has just thrown a roadblock at the California high-speed rail project by halting federal funds.

What will Gov Keaton Moonbeam do‽
Will he come up with a plan?
Will he act in time to save the day?

Will Trump stop this stupid project in its tracks?
(alt: Will Trump derail this stupid project?)

Stay tuned for next-week’s thrilling episode of Bureaucracy InAction

The General (full movie)


  1. Thunderbottom
    Posted March 4, 2017 at 11:47 am |

    President Trump should have made a statement to the people of California after suspending funding for the “high speed” rail project, “Some day, you’ll thank me.” He should also tell the governor, “Fix your damn highways and reservoirs first!”

  2. Posted March 4, 2017 at 11:51 am |

    Well they do have all that dam money sitting around doing nothing.

  3. DougM (easily entertained)
    Posted March 4, 2017 at 12:18 pm |

    ^ Well, mebbe not nothing.
    Never fear, the gov’t experts are here.

  4. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted March 4, 2017 at 3:47 pm |

    State Officials Incompetents:
    “I’m proud to say we’re spending more manpower scooping fish than we are fixing the Oroville dam or helping the farmers whose fields we flooded, then eroded. Farmers are rich and are not entitled to state assistance.”

    Kalifornians should be proud of our gross negligence, dereliction of duty, malfeasance in office and technical incompetence in our quest to save the Planet for the People and drive out the bourgeois farmers.
    As you know, the Trump Regime squandered our Federal aid entitlement for some aircraft to be used to kill middle eastern peasants, so tomorrow we’re having a 10k run fundraiser in Beverly Hills for the Delta Smelt and our glorious high speed railroad. We’ll have categories for six age brackets and six genders, so all can feel good helping the Cause.

  5. Daemon
    Posted March 4, 2017 at 10:21 pm |

    ^Dick 4

    “Bourgeois farmers” = Kulaks = enemies of the proletariat, according to Comrade Stalin. It is unknown exactly how many of them he killed; estimates range from several hundred thousand to several million. See “dekulakization”.

  6. Blake
    Posted March 5, 2017 at 8:10 am |

    What’s disheartening is that the High Speed Fail Project cannot meet the legal requirements for the project.

    In other words, since the law isn’t being followed, the project should be dead in its tracks.

    However, since laws are only for the little people, full steam ahead!

  7. MPH
    Posted March 5, 2017 at 9:58 am |

    Only morons have any liking for high speed rail. I’m from FL, where our governor and legislature shot down the idea of HSR from Tampa to Orlando (which takes about and hour to drive). Over any distance where high speed travel makes sense, HSR cannot compete with airplanes.

    HSR has to operate like an express elevator. You can’t stop every 10 miles for a station, otherwise your average speed is just crap. It also cannot share rails with slower traffic, so you need a separate roadbed for it. Airplanes only need airports at the destinations. HSR needs a roadbed from point A to point B. It has to be built and maintained to very high standards.

    Compare the costs of travel between two reasonably distant cites: car, bus, Amtrak (which is subsidized, so their ticket prices are artificially low), and airlines. My example: Orlando to DC. Car is cheapest, and according to Mapquest would take about 13 hours to drive the 850 miles (cost will vary based on your car, but 30 MPG will cost about $64 in gas, and eventually about the same amount in maintenance). Amtrak and Greyhound will take about 24 hours for about $200 (last time I checked). Airlines cost about $200 and take about 2 hours for the flight. HSR will HAVE to cost more than Amtrak. It will have to have its own roadbed, whereas Amtrak rents time on existing freight lines, so that makes Amtrak’s roadbed costs cheaper. It will have to have higher energy costs, since Amtrak does about 80 MPH and HSR would be going say, 3 times as fast, so you’d have 9 times the energy costs just for the increase in air resistance (parasitic drag is a square function – 3 times the speed means 9 times the parasitic drag). Assuming that HSR doesn’t stop along the way (and it WILL), it would take HSR 3.5 hours at 240 MPH to make the trip.

    So who’s going to pay more to get there slower?