How our once-great nation will again arise to exceptionalism and promote every American citizen's opportunity to enjoy the fruits of his labors and the unbought grace of life when the freeloaders have seemingly legitimated their entitlement rights by parasitizing the productive members of the society?
New infrastructure should be a dedicated public policy interest. I am in no position to decide if High Speed Rail or Hyper-Loop is the best answer to whiz people between LA and San Francisco, but the politicians should be able to come to a reasonable choice, if any. Good government can contribute, but corrupt and defective politicians can poison and paralyze the public policy field. All IMHO.
Why is HSR or Hyper-Loop needed? You can fly from LAX to SFO in an hour and a half, or you can take the train or the bus in ten or twelve hours. Or you can drive in 7 hours or so. It's just a big project to give us what we already have. What's needed is housing that people can afford, urban mass transit that can get commuters out of freeway traffic jams. Why build a pyramid just to create jobs?
Once again, I have no firm opinion of HSR or Hyper-Loop from a technical engineering standpoint or from an economic vantage point.
But somehow, and I could be very wrong, once upon a time in an innovative America, both ideas would have had saliency. We did go to the moon, didn't we? WHY did we go to the moon --- probably just to prove that American engineering and aerospace technology could do the mission. Where did that spirit disappear to in our post-modern age?
IF the Chicoms decide to build a hyper-loop system as part of their infrastructure development this century, I won't be surprised. This may well be The Chinese Century. All IMHO.