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Following its report on high-speed rail failure, New York Times calls for more federal funding

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In a story appearing on its Aug. 7 front page, the New York Times reported:

WASHINGTON — High-speed rail was supposed to be President Obama’s signature transportation project, but despite the administration spending nearly $11 billion since 2009 to develop faster passenger trains, the projects have gone mostly nowhere and the United States still lags far behind Europe and China.

The reaction of the newspaper's editorial page on Wednesday? An editorial making the case for high-speed rail, declaring, "more federal support is needed."

In a column last week, I argued that the failure of Obama's high-speed rail program represented a failure for his transformational vision of liberalism.

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