At a dinner in Sacramento for labor leaders on Monday night, California's Democrat Governor Jerry Brown used the argument that "old people" should not be driving to push his bullet train. He allegedly was joking when he said the elderly should not be driving but instead drinking and playing with technology.
There's a lot of old people who shouldn't be driving. They should be sitting in a nice train car working on their iPad, having a martini.
Brown did not clarify the age for drivers to stop driving, which may have been because Brown is now 75 years old, making him, along with Hawaii's Democratic Governor Neil Abercrombie, the oldest governor in the United States.
Brown then cracked a joke about not knowing the names of his potential GOP contenders in the gubernatorial race. Both Tim Donnelly and Neel Kashkari, the likely Republican front runners, have come out strong on the campaign trail against the train.
Many state Democrats are concerned about how the train will affect their re-election; Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has asserted that it is a flawed idea. Newsom told Truth Revolt's Ben Shapiro that the planned $100 billion slotted to build the train could be used for infrastructure instead. Other critiques have said the train leads to nowhere and that the money should be spent on retrofitting public buildings for earthquakes or creating solutions to provide water to a state facing drought issues.