[box type=”shadow”]Editor’s Note: I’m on a month long “sabbatical” and for some reason Billy Townsend is in on the shores of Lake Erie, but he was able to send a message to suggest we rerun his column from February 17. Good idea.[/box]
What’s indisputable is that any governor who cuts a project designed primarily to serve the public, which is almost entirely paid for by the federal government, should also do whatever he can to scrap the CSX/SunRail deal, which requires $700 or so million from the state for construction and massive CSX payoff, ongoing operations money, and untold new taxes in the Orlando area.
But the state has more obligation for the SunRail project, a $1.2 billion Central Florida passenger line. Scott recently put a hold on $235 million in SunRail contracts, but said today that he is “still reviewing” that project.
How many of you Tea Party folks actually think Gov. Medicare Fraud is actually going to halt CSX/SunRail?
Well, consider this: On Tuesday, the governor hired CSX’s former general counsel as his own general counsel.
Look, if there’s one thing Lex Luthor* has been about in his business and government life, it’s finding ways to get tax money into private corporations’ hands.
He killed HSR because it had actual public benefit in mind, rather than straight corporate benefit. Doing that makes liberals and Democrats mad. Making liberals and Democrats mad and transferring as much public wealth to private hands as possible is the entire conservative platform. Thus, the fact that the CSX plan is a massive freight deal–the state-funded implementation of CSX’s business plan disguised as worthless suburban passenger rail plan–appeals to Scott. I promise you. I predict he and J.D. will eventually get along quite well. Similar sensibilities.
I want to thank you delusional, Tea Party old people and “conservatives” who voted for this guy. He’s gonna entertain the hell out of me for four years. And I suspect he will provide you a taste of the reality of what you think you believe. Keep telling yourself: “This is what I wanted. This is what I wanted.”
*Can’t take credit for this. Saw it first with the blogger Atrios. But it fits wonderfully.