(WASHINGTON TIMES) — By spring, anyone caught driving the streets of Paris without a breathalyzer in the car will face a stiff fine. President Nicolas Sarkozy added this device to the list of gadgets every Frenchman must carry under penalty of law - equipment that already includes a high-visibility fluorescent jacket and warning triangle. Europe is bankrupt precisely because its governments insist on coming up with ever-crazier regulations.
America is not immune to such folly. In 2008, California voters approved a bond measure for a “high-speed” rail (HSR) system that would travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 2 1/2 hours. The 53 percent of voters who supported this scheme didn’t care where the then-estimated $40 billion would come from. Nor did they consider that airlines already make the same journey in 90 minutes at the cost of $60 per passenger.