Obama’s Transportation Secretary says we should be like Communist China

China’s attempt at a high-speed rail network is fraught with corrupt officials, impossible costs, and deadly safety failures. But U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood wishes America would follow it as a model.

LaHood told The Cable last week:  “The Chinese are more successful [in building infrastructure] because in their country, only three people make the decision. In our country, 3,000 people do, 3 million. In a country where only three people make the decision, they can decide where to put their rail line, get the money, and do it. We don’t do it that way in America.”

His comments are stunning. Yes, that’s how Communists do it: A few people make decisions for the country and control the money, land, resources, and workers. And how has that worked out?

“Rather than demonstrating the advantages of centrally planned long-term investment, as its foreign admirers sometimes suggested, China’s bullet-train experience shows what can go wrong when an unelected elite, influenced by corrupt opportunists, gives orders that all must follow — without the robust public discussion we would have in the states.” That sounds like a direct rebuttal to LaHood, but Washington Post editorial writer Charles Lane wrote that back in April 2011.


The Telegraph (U.K.) reported in February that 70 percent of China’s railway projects had been suspended, as its railways ministry attempted to continue deficit financing while facing slow ticket sales. Last year, a deadly train crash brought safety concerns and corruption at the highest levels of the railway to light.

The bottom line is that high-speed rail is like pouring money down a hole. China’s official institutions aren’t known for transparency, but according to the Voice of America, “Even the [Chinese] national research institution, the Academy of Science, reported last year that at current investment and estimated passenger numbers, the trains will never collect enough in fares to repay construction loans.”

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  • ttj

    LaHood may be crazy in saying that. But, our transportation could be better. It’s stupid for us to stand around beating our chests and saying “our transportation system is the best in the world because it’s ours.” Some real thought should be put into improving our transportation system. That should preclude automatically condemning proposals just because they come from the Obama administration. A good proposal, it seems, would be to encourage some kind of public-private partnership for improving national rail systems that could be financed with federal, state, local and private funding. Air transportation is not enough and our ground transportation system could be much better.

  • the_uglydog

    Nitwit Communists! Thats it! If he likes it so much better why doesn’t he just move there! We don’t need anmore morons!
    High speed rail is great, BUT, how do people get to and from the station other than in major older cities where there is a local transportation network? How much will be the ultimate cost for all the NEW rights of way? (Remember high speed rail cant run successfully with freight on poorly maintaned track.) And finally lets look at our great rail success AMTRAK, a private/public monstrosity, now that would be a great example of how it would work.

  • Sam

    A VOTE for Romney will get rid of Obama and his socialist cohorts like La Hood, Valerie Jarrett. Sec Clinton, and his stable of Czars. In their place, Romney will return our government to it’s constitutional roots, repeal ObamaTax, build the Keystone Pipeline, reduce the size of government, encourage investments in small businesses, and return honor and civility to the White House.

  • Patrick Henry

    Well send this sorry POS to china….Let them live the good life then!!!

  • Josie

    Let’s think about this for a minute. They want us to be like communists, right? Hmmmmm perhaps we can make this work for us, let’s see if for one day we were to follow the communits policy we can round them all up, make them disappear, no one is allowed to ask questions or know where they go to and we will end up finally rid of all these numbnuts.

  • bingo35

    Will his Food Dept Supr tell us we should be more like communist North Korea and just stand in line with our rice bowls?????

  • Ray

    Say, with bankrupt Mexifornia approving a high-speed rail line (which no one will use) that it can’t afford to pay for, much less run at a profit, this could be a prime example of looks-like-communism in action that lahood could salivate over. In fact. I won’t be the least surprised if the feds don’t get involved in this CA rail to nowhere to make sure it gets all the money they need to get the thing started, thus insuring that it MUST be completed ! ! More or less. . .
    Mexifornia is basically run by looks-like-communism/communists anyway ! !
    And I love trains, but I would not use one for commuting, just as no one in Mexifornia will use the one they will build ! ! Maybe the drug dealers and smugglers will get a discount from the oh-so-non-judgmental law enforcement there. . .
    We can’t even get funding to finish a new bridge here in Cleveland ! !
    R

  • Ray

    Oh, and as always, the history of results and track record of current such events and projects in China, and the corruption that go with it, are of no importance to lahood and his obamabot drones, since they would know how to ‘do this right ‘…. uh-huh . .

  • Bet the high speed rail in China was build by the unions there! HA! Yep, more like China Ray, where the government controls EVERYTHING. I’ll stick with America in spite of you Democrats trying to screw it all up!

  • douglas

    That must be why they have ordered so many in various states to give the Chinese construction projects using American tax dollars for Bridges, subways and other large billion dollar contracts of Chinese Owned companies using chinese labor in San Francisco Oakland bay Bridge..or in New York on its bridges and subways. Talk about out sourcing. What is sad..is those granting the contracts using American Tax Dollars…explain to Dianne Sawyers Investigator…that they are saving money by using Chinese Materials and Labor (Not American). What is wrong with this guy’s head and way of thinking??? Save American Tax Dollars by Allowing China the Contracts for Materials (that could be made in America…buy American Labor), and Use Chinese Labor or sites…(that could be using unemployed American Workers)!!! Search for California San Francisco – Oakland Bay or Dianne Sawyer’s Made In America report for full details!! Obama and his gang don’t ship jobs off shore they bring other countries into America to do the Work in front of Americans!!! Using our Tax Dollars in the process!!!

  • When is someone with the social firepower going to call Obama what he is… A traitor to the American people along with all those who are pushing his unholy and immoral agenda along?!?

    • Kent2012

      most of the conservative talk show hosts have been doing just that, oh and Joe Wilson called him out…..but there are too many weenies in Washington that want to be reelected, at least to reach the 12 year mark in order to get that “government pension”