Biden: Americans Can Travel By Rail Nearly As Fast As A Plane
President Joe Biden defended his exorbitant “infrastructure” bill Wednesday by urging Americans to imagine a world in which they can travel by rail at the speed of an airplane and traverse the globe’s entire circumference in just an hour.
These dreams of his — or “delusions of grandeur” rather, as some critics have put it — were shared during a speech he delivered at the White House (known by some as “Planet Biden”) about his so-called “infrastructure” plan.
“Investing in research and development help lead to lithium batteries, LED technology, the internet itself. It helped lead to vaccine breakthroughs that are helping us beat COVID-19.
“To the Human Genome Project, which has led to breakthroughs in how we understand and fight cancer and other diseases. Government, meaning the taxpayers, funded this research. Government,” he said about 10 minutes into the speech.
He added, “We stopped investing in the research, we stop investing in the jobs of the future and we give up leading the world. When we do invest in research, what we’re really doing is raising the bar in what we can imagine.
“Imagine a world where you and your family can travel coast to coast without a single tank of gas, or in a high-speed train, close to as fast as you can go across the country in a plane.” [emphasis added]
Notice that he said “in a plane” versus “in a commercial plane.” This matters because the fastest jet aircraft in the world, the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, has been clocked at speeds over 2,000 miles per hour, according to Lockheed Martin.
The fastest commercial plane, on the other hand, is the Boeing 747-8I, which has been clocked at speeds of Mach 0.86, which is about 660 mph, according to the Saudi National Center of Aviation.
Big difference …
Train max speed is about 200mph.
Commercial airplane is about 700mph.
Biden is an idiot.
— Rhinocrates (@Rhinocrates1) April 8, 2021
Biden’s lofty dream inspired an abundance of snarky responses.
Some portrayed the president as a man so out of touch that he lives on another planet:
Breaking News from Planet Biden: “Imagine a world where you and your family can travel coast to coast without a single tank of gas on a high-speed train close to as fast as you can go across the country in a plane.” pic.twitter.com/8NcucvmWcu
— Andrew Malcolm (@AHMalcolm) April 8, 2021
But the president wasn’t done.
Later during his speech, he went on to suggest that his investments in “infrastructure” may make it possible in about a decade or so for Americans to be able to traverse the Earth’s circumference in just an hour by plane.
“I told my kids when I go on college campuses, they’re going to see more change in the next 10 years than we’ve seen the last 50 years. We’re going to talk about commercial aircraft flying at supersonic speeds, be able to figuratively, if we decided to do it, traverse the world in about an hour, traveled 21,000 miles an hour. So much has changed. We have got to lead it,” he said.
The responses to this especially lofty dream were particularly snarky.
Joe just said we’d travel 21,000 miles per hour on commercial flights. Has he heard of inertia and g-force?
— BLOODROBOT (IFBAP) (@MAGABLOODROBOT)
April 7, 2021
My 14YO just rolled her eyes when I told her Joe Biden wants airplanes to go 21,000 mph. Her exact words were: “21,000 mph going through clouds would be like a 600 pound person cannonballing into a pool.”
LOL, LOL, LOL, LOL.🤣🤣🤣
— AMABLACKPATRIOT (@DrShayPhD)
April 8, 2021
21,000 MPH? Sounds like a TON of greenhouse gases would be required. RUH ROH
— ThatCoolGuy (@Arebstar)
April 8, 2021
“First, is this really about infrastructure? Bridges? Roads? Airports? Things we could actually use? Or is it yet another weird climate scheme/power grab/race-based redistribution plan? What exactly is this?” he asked during a “Tucker Carlson Tonight” monologue last week.
“Only about 5 percent of that $2 trillion will actually go to roads and bridges,” Carlson stated, noting that taxes for Americans “are going up dramatically.”
“So, 5 percent on infrastructure, 95 percent on social engineering. That’s what Joe Biden calls a once-in-a-lifetime infrastructure bill,” the Fox News host added. “He’s right about part of it: It is once in a lifetime. If this bill passes, the next generation will live in a very different country.”
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