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Skelton: Voters deserve a do-over on bullet train vote

April 23, 2012
(California High-Speed…)

The car salesman offers you a sleek new luxury model for $33,000. Go for it, you think. Time for an upgrade. Sold.

Oops, the sales guy says later. Those numbers won't pencil. We'll need $98,000.

You're stunned and outraged.

Tell you what, the dealer counters. We'll let ya have it for $68,000 and take off some options.

Take the car and shove it, you tell him. Can't afford it. Don't need it.

You're entitled to do that — back out of a car deal before taking delivery. But apparently not a bullet train.

Once you sign up for a bullet train, you're stuck, no matter the bait-and-switch on cost and details.

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-- George Skelton

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