Gov. Jerry Brown’s trade mission to China this week is intersecting with one of the most controversial issues of his governorship: California’s $68-billion bullet train.
The governor has staked part of his legacy on the rail network, a centerpiece of his vision for California. He is hoping that China, which is enjoying an economic boom and spent $77.6 billion on overseas investments last year, according to official figures, will pump some of its cash into the troubled project.
There’s the key: “troubled project”. It’s troubled because-get this-it costs more than was originally planned. So when your Big State “investment” project isn’t working out well why not hit up the biggest of the big state purses? After all, it only means getting an infrastructure investment here from the area of the world that our own military is looking at as the greatest looming trouble spot.
What could possibly go wrong?