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In 2008, then-candidate Obama praised China’s “vastly superior” infrastructure and expressed a desire to rapidly bring that style of high-speed rail system and other infrastructure “improvements” to the United States.

Later, the administration even dubbed Joe Biden as the “Conductor or the train to the future” (if that isn’t disturbing, nothing is).

So how’s China’s high speed rail system working out?

The collision is the latest setback for China’s bullet- train program. The $34 billion Beijing-Shanghai high-speed rail line, the world’s longest, has suffered major delays from storm-related electrical breakdowns at least three times since it opened on June 30.

“In so many areas, there is the lack of an adequately trained — and perhaps more importantly, experienced — workforce, along with tried-and-tested management oversight at the operational level,” Bill Barron, a visiting scholar at the Division of Environment at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, said in an e-mail. “Given the pace of expansion, how could there be?”
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In addition to technical faults, China’s spending on its railways has generated accusations of graft.

Liu Zhijun, an advocate of bullet trains, was fired as railway minister in February for “severe” disciplinary violations as part of a corruption probe, Xinhua said. Su Shunhu, deputy chief of the transportation bureau of the Ministry of Railways, is under investigation on suspicion of taking bribes, the 21st Century Business Herald reported on July 22, citing an unidentified ministry official.

“I don’t think China should develop this high-speed, high- cost system,” Jiaotong University’s Zhao said. “The last railway minister did not follow any scientific development approach and this is the result. This is not only a technical problem but a management problem.”

Sure, let’s bring this superior transportation system to the states!

Actually, among too many politicians, the potential for graft is a selling point instead of a liability, which makes it an even worse idea.

Speaking of graft, there’s one thing American politicians will never import from China, and that’s their method for dealing with corrupt public officials.

Comments

9 Responses to “Sure, Obama Administration — Bring on That China-Style High Speed Rail System!”

  1. backwoods on July 26th, 2011 5:24 pm

    The Democrats are determined to railroad us, one way or another.

  2. cdl on July 26th, 2011 5:45 pm

    All aboard The Shanghai-ed Express!

  3. Marshall_Will on July 26th, 2011 6:58 pm

    "Transcript:

    Everybody's watching what's going on in Beijing right now with the Olympics. Think about the amount of money that China has spent on infrastructure. Their ports, their train systems, their airports are all vastly the superior to us now, which means if you are a corporation deciding where to do business … you're starting to think, "Beijing looks like a pretty good option." Why aren't we doing the same thing?"

    The Moonbattery commenters at the time couldn't have known but for Obamzhou, it was/would never BE about a train ( high speed or otherwise ) that actually ran or WENT somewhere! Like Michelle [our] always says.., "It's about The Boodle!"

    Jobs, jobs, jobs were a hot button issue in Aug/Sept '08 and XiaoBama was ( in typical fashion ) was speaking in code to Blue State contractors that Big Things were coming their way if they greased his azz to DC. I swear, you'd have gotten of and taken a BUS to the next Blue State HSR Terminal..!

  4. SignPainterGuy on July 26th, 2011 7:09 pm

    Unless I`m mistaken, we already have passenger rail service most everywhere they`re needed. While my trip (2 days / 3 nights on 3 trains) was really neat, it was expensive. A few years afterward, the first train I rode crashed, killing most of the crew and several passengers. Now think of AmTrak on steroids, going even faster, still gooberment / union connected, controlled and administered, graft and ineptitude out the wazoo, how could hi-speed rail ever be safe OR profitable ?!

    I`ll NEVER understand why the left here in the greatest nation ever thinks almost any other nation offers almost everything better !?

  5. Marshall_Will on July 26th, 2011 8:20 pm

    "still gooberment / union connected, controlled and administered, graft and ineptitude out the wazoo,"

    Ok I mean 'other' than that..? Yup what could possibly go wrong there.

    As an aviation-type I've always anguished over why we haven't revisited the viability of dirigible? Mostly it's COMMUTING that's the problem here in America. Longer distances are invariably flown or become the Great American Road Trip.

    If Progs are so worried about Urban Sprawl and Congestion blah blah? I have no difficulty visualizing a steady airborne caravan streaming like busy bees coming in and out of the city departing every 8 minutes. No unions, no boondoggle, no road repair, hell, no ROADS!

  6. SignPainterGuy on July 26th, 2011 8:46 pm

    Weather is the biggest danger to dirigible operation, beginning with wind. But other than that, ;-) , in good weather, they`d be fun and relatively inexpensive. Just don`t be in a hurry…..Even Greyhound, stopping at every wide spot in the road as they do, will get you there quicker and at lower ticket cost !

  7. Joe Redfield on July 26th, 2011 9:33 pm

    Progressive politicians have never admired the high speed rail system in China; what they admired was the amount of graft the system generates. (And last week's accident gives new meaning to the term 'bullet train'.)

  8. virat on July 5th, 2014 7:51 pm

    The $34 billion Beijing-Shanghai high-speed rail line, the world’s longest, has suffered major delays from storm-related electrical breakdowns at least three times since it opened on June 30. http://www.ediassociates.com/

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