George Will has arrived at a unique conclusion as to why liberals love rail projects. Noman merely assumed it was that they are the kind of blue collar, shovel ready sops that left-wing politicians need to provide in order to keep working men dependent on the government, and voting Democrat. But, Will sees something deeper:
"To progressives, the best thing about railroads is that people riding them are not in automobiles, which are subversive of the deference on which progressivism depends. Automobiles go hither and yon, wherever and whenever the driver desires, without timetables. Automobiles encourage people to think they--unsupervised, untutored, and unscripted--are masters of their fates. The automobile encourages people in delusions of adequacy, which make them resistant to government by experts who know what choices people should make."