Republican governors have a very strange relationship with federal rail money:
Less than four months after losing nearly all of an $810 million grant, Wisconsin is again seeking federal high-speed rail money – this time to upgrade the existing Milwaukee-to-Chicago passenger line.
Gov. Scott Walker’s administration announced Tuesday that the state will seek at least $150 million to add equipment and facilities for Amtrak’s Hiawatha line.[….]
In a bizarre twist, some of the money that Walker now seeks originally was allocated for the Milwaukee-to-Madison route he previously turned down. That money is available because a fellow Republican governor rejected it as well.
I have one big problem with this: no group’s been helped more by government than American Indians, do we have to name train lines after them too? Call it the John Galt line, build it out of that perpetual motion metal, and force the unions to build it. Then all Americans will support it. This stuff’s not rocket science.