Excited? You bet.

This is what Pres. Obama should have done his first days in office. This is our real Sputnik moment. Few things are more important than connecting America through trains, but also the general focus on mass transit. Our energy challenges demand it.

The short-sided nature of the Republicans today make this a very hard sell. Michelle Malkin squeals about crony capitalism, which coming from a Republican is laugh out loud hilarious. Pajamas Media has one writer standing up against modernization with a simple slogan: “We don’t have any money left. Cut it out.”

We’re nation building in Afghanistan, while giving $1.3 billion to the Egyptian military, with the top 2% of the wealthiest Americans getting a tax break, but Republicans won’t spend money on infrastructure in the U.S.

When is it a good time to spend money in America?

Here’s what the White House sent out yesterday, with Bloomberg’s story on it here:

President Barack Obama will ask Congress next week to approve a six-year, $53 billion program for construction of a national high-speed and intercity rail network, Vice President Joe Biden said.

“There are key places where we cannot afford to sacrifice as a nation — one of which is infrastructure,” Biden said in a speech today at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. Obama submits his fiscal 2012 budget to Congress on Feb. 14.

America is so far behind the rest of the world on trains and connecting cities in our country that we look like we haven’t even entered the 21st century. Listening to Republicans today means we never will.