The “Brain Train” put on a candidate forum last night in Lawrenceville and over 30 candidates showed up. The Gwinnett Daily Post has this article:
Ga. Republican Rep. John Heard suggested the candidates’ forum became more of a “Kumbaya” for the brain train than a debate on the pros and cons of the proposed 72-mile line between Athens and downtown Atlanta with 10 stops in between.
In fact, the mood was so overwhelmingly in favor of commuter rail that the one lone dissenter in the mix, State Rep. Steve Davis, was booed.
“Go back to Henry County,” one man yelled from the crowd after Davis finished his attack on the passenger train, which he called an unfunded mandate. He also suggested its political, government and business supporters were trying to “brainwash” the public.
I’m ambivalent toward this proposal. I see that is has merit, but I’d like to see much more private funding and much less, perhaps even no, public funding. Let the private sector run this Train and it will be much more successful. People may say not enough private funds are available, but is that because so much public funding is available? Why would an investor risk his own money when the government will spend our money, with no negative consequences possible?
Nevertheless, with over 30 candidates present last night, including Cathy Cox and Ralph Reed, it sure seems the “Brain Train” has plenty of support and might be inevitable.