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And Phil Goff wants light rail?

The Economist reports on a light rail project that has failed miserably.

?LATE and over budget, streetcars are finally rumbling to life in Washington, DC. The long-awaited service, which has cost at least $135m to build, spans 2.4 miles along H Street in the city?s north-east. But it is not taking passengers yet.?

This newspaper?printed those words?in August 2014, but it really could have done so at just about any point this decade. The streetcar was originally supposed to launch?in 2009, in an impoverished part of the capital?s south-east quadrant. Those plans fizzled, and were replaced by a?promise?to bring the trolley to H Street in 2012. Then 2013 passed. So did 2014. As late as December 30th of that year, Mayor Vincent Gray?s administration?wouldn?t say for sure?whether the streetcar would be operational by the year?s end (it wasn?t). Mr Gray was ousted in an election in which he wasn?t helped by the project?s continued embarrassments. His successor, Muriel Bowser, failed to learn from his mistakes and?promised?a streetcar service by the end of 2015. That deadline came and went, too.

Now it is 2016, and at long last the streetcar will begin carrying passengers.

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 Chip Somodevilla?Getty Images Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is greeted by members of Congress as he arrives to speak during a joint meeting of the United States Congress in the House chamber at the U.S. Capitol March 3, 2015 in Washington, DC.

Chip Somodevilla?Getty Images Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is greeted by members of Congress as he arrives to speak during a joint meeting of the United States Congress in the House chamber at the U.S. Capitol March 3, 2015 in Washington, DC.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – ?????? ?????? said it well:

?Iran and ISIS are competing for the crown of militant Islam. One calls itself the Islamic Republic. The other calls itself the Islamic State. Both want to impose a militant Islamic empire first on the region and then on the entire world. They just disagree among themselves who will be the ruler of that empire. In this deadly game of thrones, there’s no place for America or for Israel, no peace for Christians, Jews or Muslims who don’t share the Islamist medieval creed, no rights for women, no freedom for anyone?The difference is that ISIS is armed with butcher knives, captured weapons and YouTube, whereas Iran could soon be armed with intercontinental ballistic missiles and nuclear bombs.?

Mr. President, wake up to the very real threat of Islam.

-Franklin Graham (facebook)

 

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