Now that the Senate has upheld the will of the electorate on high-speed rail, let's consider Economics 101.
The shovel that the governor uses to start the project will be bought from Orchard Supply, who will pay a stocker, who will buy gas to obtain food produced by a local farmer. Said farmer will repair his tractor and take his family to Disneyland.
The debt service on the bonds used to finance this project will be paid to me and people like me, who will buy our health care and lavish the rest on our children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren. A first-grader today will help design and build a magnificent engine to power and run HSR on opening day.