The poobahs of Renew Moline have taken to the op-ed pages of The Hare-Dispatch in order to continue the drum-beating for the train boondoggle:
“From the beginning of the debate, the economics (of passenger rail) have remained strikingly clear: this represents a smart public investment that will generate jobs, economic growth while connecting the Quad- Cities to Chicago, one of the world’s top economic cities.”
Yes, it’s “strikingly clear” that Renew Moline has used their own “studies” rather than the mountains of independent research that shows train service is a boondoggle and money pit of the first order which demands taxpayer subsidies in perpetuity. I would say that the Boston to DC corridor is “one of the world’s top economic cities” too, but even THAT train service never ever breaks even and STILL needs taxpayer huge subsidies.
It seems the belief that trains will generate jobs (taxpayer funded, of course) and create economic growth rather than an even larger tax bite, is a fundamentalist religion where facts are thrown over for hope and back to the future change.
So what should a taxpayer do when hit up for a contribution by the acolytes of The Church Of The Holy Boondoggle?
1. Know when they say the facts are “strikingly clear” in their favor, they anything but, and
2. Hold on to your wallet!
Trust me, if passenger trains were such a “smart” investment the private sector would still be running them.