High-speed rail is violating the law. That is a new one! Typical government and public officials attitude. Let’s spend the money and change the rules and laws on the fly; it always works. Why would you want to spend years of planning and making sure the taxpayer gets value for money if you just can bolt out into the light without knowing what is front or back? The cart in front of the horse is another brilliant example of project management, fiduciary responsibilities and cautionary spending. It is great for some of the guys to get their name on the first HSR train and perhaps having one of the stations named after them. In the meantime, to hell with the taxpayer. This project must be stopped, even after we have spend almost a billion dollars on, well, things they needed to start. You know: business cards, management digs, paying for committees that have meetings in exotic places, learning to dance the Conga (that is really important) and some spending money too. Come to think of it, I bet Mr. Brown could get his name on any high-speed train in China, just with another stroke of his famous pen.