Posted 04 February 2018 - 05:35 PM
First of all, the Talgo trainsets *were* contracted and Walker actually *broke* the contract. It is perhaps understandable that Doyle did not expect Walker to be a contract-breaker.
Second, Doyle quit politics and is widely forgotten. His dithering was a problem, but really being annoyed about it isn't going to do anything now. That cretin Scott Walker is still Governor of Wisconsin and is still trashing the state.
Does that answer your question?
Let's add Obama waiting until October with the money to try and use it as an "election bribe" for the voters in those states. If the grants had been made in June, there's a pretty good chance (IMHO at least) that things would have been far enough along to avoid this. Doyle at least had the defense that he was deferring to the will of the voters (since Walker had made a big stink about this). The 3Cs and Florida didn't have this excuse, however...
And the problem is ultimately that Amtrak has the rights to run operations which a third party doesn't. Just ask Iowa Pacific (or WashDot, for that matter).
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