Thursday, February 20, 2014
We still have trains that rumble through Ocala occasionally. In fact, we could hear the train whistles from where we used to live in East Ocala.
But some of Florida's elected officials are monumentally stupid. First, our governor declined federal monies for the Medicaid program which means many people - the elderly and the young - will be left without health insurance. Now, this guy (along with a subservient state legislature) has decided to accept millions and millions of federal dollars to build a high-speed rail line down I-95 to Miami, as well as across the central part of the state through Orland to Tampa.
There are a couple of problems with this. For one, federal money will cover only part of the cost. The rest will be absorbed by Florida's taxpayers. Secondly, we already have train service to Miami and across the state to Orlando, Tampa, Ocala, Lakeland and other places. It's called Amtrak!
[It should be noted also that the governor fought any kind of high-speed rail service tooth and nail up until just recently. Something changed. Past is prologue so far as he goes, so follow the money!]