China High Speed Rail Leapfrogs America As Conservatives Constrain Our Innovation

The Bush years were the beginning of America slipping behind the rest of the world, as our government rapidly increased its hands-off approach to national greatness projects. What we are dealing with now is the aftermath of that (and Democrats enabling it):

Just as building the interstate highway system in the United States a half-century ago made modern commerce more feasible on a national scale, China’s ambitious rail rollout is helping to integrate the economy of this sprawling, populous nation. In China’s case, it is doing so on a much faster construction timetable and at significantly higher travel speeds than anything envisioned by the United States in the 1950s.

Work crews of as many as 100,000 people per line have built about half of the 16,000-kilometer, or 10,000-mile, network in just six years, in many cases ahead of schedule, including the Beijing-to-Shanghai line, which was originally planned to open next year. The entire system is still on course to be completed by 2020.