IT APPEARS to me that Florida Governor Rick Scott’s refusal of federal funds for a high-speed rail project can be explained from another perspective: cultural (“Mass. vies for Fla.’s spurned rail funds,’’ Page A1, March 27). The idea of large numbers of Americans actually riding sleek, high-speed trains invokes images of foreign places such as European countries, Japan, and China. This is not the America of Tea Party conservatives, where the automobile is king and cheap gasoline is an American birthright. These conservatives do not easily embrace anything that is perceived to be foreign.
So we should not be surprised that high-speed rail will be rejected by conservatives. Its success would require a cultural shift, which any true conservative would naturally resist.