The shortsightedness of the state Republican platform is getting a little hard to take. Scott Walker, in an attempt to be the most conservative candidate possible for governor, has repeatedly declared that he would halt the $810 million high-speed rail project even if millions have already been spent because the maintenance costs will be too high in the future.
Yesterday he generously offered a specific estimate of the crushing maintenance costs that will have hardworking Wisconsin taxpayers on the hook for generations to come: $10 million.
$10 million! There is a major candidate proposing to waste hundreds of millions of dollars of federal money and eliminate any potential for infrastructure innovation because he is worried it might cost the average Wisconsin resident $2 a year to maintain? How far from reality does this state's political dialogue have to shift before I begin thinking I'm living in Oklahoma?