Says who? Well, I read it in an online article. Besides, Florida Senator Bill Nelson believes this is the biggest economic boost since Disney World. We are getting a huge slice of that stimulus pie — $1.25 billion for a high-speed rail from Tampa to Orlando. Yummy!
Aaaand the president is coming to Tampa on Thursday, the 28th, to tell us all about it. We are going to have a high-speed rail that will run from Tampa to Orlando. Eventually it’s supposed to speed all the way to Miami. This train project is supposed to create a lot of jobs—like laying track, planning, rail maintenance, engineering, and more.
I have a question: Who is going to train the people to build the train, the train stations, etc.? Those of you who have been laid off have been working at car factories, restaurants, offices, car lots, construction, print shops, groceries, etc.
What happened to those shovel-ready jobs that were going to put thousands to work? The green jobs that were going to do the same? Are you with me on this one? What the heck is a “Job Bill?” The president said he wants congress to put one on his desk A.S.A.P. Here’s the deal: the government does not give jobs … it’s the private sector that gives us jobs.
Instead of spending billions on a high-speed rail that really won’t benefit the average person, the funds could be used to SAVE thousands of jobs. Here in Cape Canaveral, Florida, NASA employs more people than any other company. It has been supporting families, making history, and bringing in tourists from all over the world for a long time. Until the funding started to dry up and hundreds lost their jobs; hundreds more soon will.
You know this place means a lot to us—and the people of this nation. They come from all across the country to witness the miracle when the shuttle goes up; the roads are lined in every direction for miles … days ahead of time. You’ve never seen anything like it. David and I can watch the spectacle from our front porch.
These are our granddaughters, Toni and Tyler, on their first visit to Kennedy Space Center. The girls are sixteen and fifteen now; they still remember the experience. We soon will be taking Brittany, our five-year-old granddaughter, for a day of fun and learning at the visitor’s complex. She can’t wait.
May Your Glass Always Be Half Full
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