Addendum: Rand Simberg echoes proper disdain for government financed high speed rail, but then gets very defensive about governement financed high speed space ships.
By the way, just to preempt any further commentary along these lines, comparisons between my opposition to government-subsidized high-speed rail and my support for smarter government spending on space transportation are spurious and idiotic.
Rand, as is his want, does not define what "smarter government spending on space transportation" would be like. It is surely not the current plan of, if we believe NASA administrator Charles Bolden, promising virtually unlimited subsidies until something flies. Nor does he say why the comparison between high speed rail spending and high speed space ship spending is "spurious and idiotic." It possible that the only reason that Rand opposes the one and favors the other is that he would prefer to go where the space ship is headed over where the train is. Fair enough, but we need to be honest about what kind of governement sponsered crony capitalism we favor.
Addendum 2: Obama Wants High-Speed Railroads and High-Speed Space Ships