I’m loving this myth that the stimulus bill contains $1B for a mag lev train from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. Republicans have kept parroting this talking point long after the media caught on that it’s not true, leading to embarrassing spectacles like this exchange with Rep. Mary Bono (R-CA):
While a social moderate, Sonny Bono’s widow is a solid conservative. Talked to her about Obama’s $780 billion stimulus legislation. She’s outraged that the plan has “$1 billion wasted on a magnetic-levitation train from L.A. to Sin City” – all at Nevada Sen. Harry Reid’s doing.
After expressing my doubt that the Las Vegas line was actually in the bill’s language, Bono Mack directs her staff to “get him the bill, it’s right there, show him.” A few minutes later, a staffer emerges with a copy and quietly says “it’s not in the bill.”
Here’s hoping Republicans keep flogging this talking point. It’s a good one. By the way, I’ve got a bridge to sell to anybody who believes that a magnetic levitation train can be built clear from Los Angeles to Las Vegas for just $1B.