Amtrak Attacked by Bush Admin ... Again
I've written once or twice about Amtrak in the past on this blog ... &, unfortunately, I'm writing about it again today. George Bush just released his year 2009 budget, & in it, he is looking to reduce Amtrak funding from $1.325 billion (2008) to $800 million (2009). That would be a 66% haircut, by my calculations.
This is the kind of madness that makes people wonder whether Bush & Co. aren't actually insane. Like, how can they think cutting funding for our rail system makes sense in an era of oil depletion & rising gas prices? Don't they realize that rail is one of the most efficient transportation options available? Don't they want to encourage people to use rail? I can pretty much guarantee that Amtrak will become a less appealing & sensible option if the service continues to have operational issues ... which it will if it has 40% less money to work with.
The Congress is not likely to go along with this budget proposal ... so there isn't a whole lot to worry about on this. It simply underscores how far afield the Bush admininstration is on important issues. They didn't get it when they came into office ... & 7 long years later they still don't get it. What an embarassment!
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