Choo choo Joey has lobbied for decades to preserve the money losing Amtrak. In 2008 he co-sponsored a bill for $1.3 billion. George Bush signed the bill in 08, doubling the funding to $13 billion over 5 years. Now keep in mind that for $172 choo choo could buy a round trip ticket from Wilmington to DC. Something most of your average Joe's cannot afford. Then again average Joe Biden usually didn't pay either. You see he is allowed to use campaign monies as long as the trip is for campaign meetings or events. According to the New York Times though, little choo choo Joey's campaign paid for trips even in years he wasn't up for election. Ut oh. Seems that average Joe Biden is just your average cheat and liar. Oh and just so you know that the rotten apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Choo choo Joe's son Hunter, was appointed to serve on the Amtrak reform board in 2006. Hmmm. How convenient. Amtrak is forbidden by law to lobby congress for money but according to Politico Hunter was an "effective advocate" for the tax payer funded Amtrak. Isn't that nice?
In February of 09 Obama signed the $787 billion Porkulous bill. He also made honest Joe the spending watchdog. So naturally he gives Amtrak a $1.3 billion present. Thats just precious. Flushing more tax payer funds down the Amtrak toilet. Oh did I forget to mention that Amtrak actually loses money on 41 out of 44 of their train routes? Yeah, sweet. Now fast forward to February 8, 2011. Choo choo Joey announces that the White House will ask congress for $53 billion for faster passenger rail. I guess that is so we can lose money even faster on 41 out of 44 routes. Nice!!
Now Marxist in Chief Obama loves to use Japan as an example of successful high speed passenger trains. He said Japan the nation that unveiled the first high speed rail system is already at work building the next. A line that will connect Tokyo and Osaka at speeds of over 300 miles per hour…There’s no reason why we can’t do this. This is America. Yea, but what he conveniently left out was an important fact. Most of Japan’s high-speed rail lines are ran by a private company. Thats right unlike America, Japan was intelligent enough in 1987 to dump the government run trains and privatize them. In the 70's and early 80's Japan's government run trains were losing $50 million a day. You see unlike America, Japan actually learned from their mistake and corrected it. Now the 3 main companies that run the trains have made huge profits, increased ridership, and decreased accidents. Wow! Who would have thunk it, capitalism works. Too bad that we don't have any intelligence or capitalist in this administration.
“I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes.” Thomas Paine