James Rowen points out that planes are fine, as long as you have an airport nearby to land at and take off from.
But there is another key point that the erudite Rowen missed. Paddy made this assertion in his post (emphasis mine):
Oh, wait: We get around in America on an even faster form of transportation. It goes about 600 mph. It beats trains on most trips, and it carries Americans 600 billion passenger miles a year, far more than the most optimistic projections for high-speed trains here. And it pretty much is funded out of passenger fees rather than general taxes.One problem for old Paddy. How many of those pesky airports does he know of that are privately built or maintained. Even Milwaukee County took stimulus dollars to improve Mitchell Field.
But Paddy's never let a thing like the truth bother him before, why start now?