President Barack Obama should consider the recent elections -- and winners' opposition to high-speed rail -- as a referendum on the project, The Washington Post argues. Monies paid to Wisconsin and Ohio, in particular, should be redirected to states eager for high-speed rail, the editors say. California Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein agree; they have asked for a share of returned funds to be directed to their state. Republican lawmakers from Wisconsin have a different plan: They want to return the funds so that the federal government will use them to pay down the national debt.
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