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One thing that wasn't pointed out in the Politico article, which made it sound like this money was merely the product of Rahm Emanuel's backroom dealing and Obama's desire for a "signature issue" project, is that HSR was one of the highest rated policy proposals on Change.gov's Citizens Briefing Book, one of the few that actually elicited a response from the transition team.

So Obama has merely done the people's bidding here.

$8 billion is really a drop in the bucket, but this does show a strong pro-HSR consensus in Washington DC. And that is long overdue.

(Thanks for the link to my CA HSR blog, btw!)

And the world will live as one

by Montereyan (robert at calitics dot com) on Tue Feb 17th, 2009 at 02:59:16 PM EST

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