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Trainwreck Tirades

Jim Gibbons at the WheelGuv Jim Gibbons got the crack governor staff/re-elect Jimbo team up early today to jump all over Harry Reid for failing to get on a government give-away list for high-speed trains. (Gube)

Now, I suppose I could go to a lot of work responding to Gibbers’ tirade, but it’s a lot more fun to see what showed up in my mailbox from the majority leader’s office:


Rail project rejected because Nevada Dept. of Transportation failed to apply

Washington, DCJon Summers, Spokesman for Nevada Senator Harry Reid, issued the following statement in response to Governor Jim Gibbons’ latest attack on Sen. Reid.

“If Jim Gibbons wants to know why Maglev didn’t get any of the $8 billion in stimulus money announced today for high-speed rail, he should look in the mirror.  The U.S. Department of Transportation explained very clearly in its letter to Maglev that it would not receive this funding because ‘only States, Groups of States, Interstate Compacts or Public Agencies’ could apply for funding.  If anyone was asleep at the switch, it was Governor Gibbons because his department of transportation failed to apply.”

Woah. Talk about picky. Going after Gibbons just because he didn’t apply for any of the money and then he starts whining about it. Almost seems unfair, don’t it? Especially when Gibbons has proven again and again he can’t be expected to apply for stimulus funds in a timely manner.

And then there’s this from the State Dem’s:

Gibbons drags feet on spending stimulus, then blames feds

Who's Running This Thing?Las Vegas, NV. – Given his abysmal record of creating jobs with Nevada’s $1.6 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding, Gov. Jim Gibbons is far from qualified to criticize the way that funding is distributed. Neglecting to apply for funding for the Maglev high speed train project he claims to support is only his latest failure.

Since Democrats – led by Sen. Harry Reid and Congresswomen Dina Titus and Shelley Berkley – passed the recovery package last year, Gibbons has:

  • Opposed the legislation altogether.
  • Threatened not to accept any stimulus money for Nevada.
  • Been criminally slow to use the $1.6 billion in funding Nevada was allotted to create good paying jobs and revive the economy.
  • And dropped the ball on applying for funding for any rail project in Nevada.

On Thursday Gibbons launched into one of his ill-conceived attacks when $8 billion in funding for high speed rail went to projects in other states. Never mind that $2.25 billion went to a Southern California rail project that will pave the way for a similar project in Nevada.

The reality is, thanks to Gibbons dismal leadership, Nevada has lagged behind almost every other state in spending the stimulus dollars it’s already been awarded. As of September, the Gibbons administration has created 3 jobs with $35 million in clean energy funding. In a recent congressional analysis, the state ranked 49th in spending its funding for clean water projects. And earlier this week Congressional Quarterly reported that Nevada was 49th in spending stimulus money the state received for transportation.

It was Gibbons who dropped the ball by not even applying for funding high speed rail – which was available only to states or public agencies.

“If Gov. Gibbons had gotten his way, the people of Nevada wouldn’t have seen a single dime from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act,” said Phoebe Sweet, communications director for the Nevada State Democratic Party. “Gibbons has said he wishes this legislation — legislation that created jobs by funding highways, road and clean energy construction and put $500 million back in the pockets of 1 million Nevada families — would never have passed in the first place.

“This is just the latest example of how out of touch Jim Gibbons is with Nevadans. Just ask the construction workers who have been hired thanks to this legislation, to the teachers in the classroom and the cops on the beat thanks to this legislation, to the taxpayers who have a little more to spend each month because of this legislation.

Jim Gibbons is right that unemployed construction workers should be livid, but they should be livid at the governor for dragging his feet on spending the stimulus funding that could be used to put them to work.”

Yeah, well, so? Attacking Jim Gibbons over incompetence is like attacking a snail for being slow. He just can’t help it.

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