Even in Reverse, California’s Bullet Train Rips Off Landowners and Taxpayers

In Analysis by Michael Rae

As we noted back in 2012, California’s high-speed rail bosses faced the same problems as the devious Hedley Lamarr (Harvey Korman) in Blazing Saddles. He needed land for his railroad, but one thing stood between him and that property: “the rightful owners.” And the notorious Mongo (Alex Karras) said the raids on the town of Rock Ridge were all about “where choo-choo go.”
California’s “bullet train” was supposed to go from Los Angeles to San Francisco, but new governor Gavin Newsom says that would be too expensive. As Ralph Vartebedian of the Los Angeles Times notes, “the California bullet train

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