We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Hey, just because every job requires an entrepreneur, that doesn't mean they should profit from such behavior. Everyone knows that people create businesses so they can be boss and order the real workers around.
AMTRAK? As a model, maybe. Not a good one, because AMTRAK's railbeds were existing. HSR has no railbeds, and selecting them provokes NIMBYism, and calls out the Sierra
Club and others to protest the environmental damages they foresee. And after that, it gets really ugly...
North Africa democracy: not "can", "will". I suspect it's "not much, if any".
MSM Sheep: Another heaping helping of why we don't trust them.
Leonsis tells Obama to stop with the class warfare, but that didn't keep him from contributing to the President's re-election campaign. I suspect Obama will heed Leonsis's advice about as much as Leonsis would pay attention to the advice he might get from a lowly janitor in one of his companies, which is to say not at all. The way to make a self-centered, arrogant, know-it-all politician to pay attention to you is to withhold your campaign contributions. It makes them FOCUS.