FROM Curt Pringle
High-Speed Rail in Trouble California voters approved a $9.95 billion bond issue for high-speed rail from San Diego to San Francisco, and construction on the first leg is scheduled to begin next year. The assumption has been that the federal government would put up much of the money, which would be matched with state funds. But the recent compromise on the federal budget rescinded $400 million for high-speed rail this year and eliminated it altogether for next year.
The Dream and Reality of High-Speed Rail across California When voters passed $10 billion in bonds to jump-start a San Diego-San Francisco high-speed rail, promoters claimed it would haul 50 million people a year and generate a $1.1 billion surplus. But putting together a business plan hasn’t been easy. Projections of money and ridership have been reduced, but the latest plan doesn’t adequately consider the risk that even scaled-down predictions might be wrong, according to the California Legislative Analyst’s Office.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.