I voted for Bush. Yes, he was an embarrasment. BUT, he has been gone for two years and has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with here and now, Amtrak, or this ill conceived notion to build a high speed rail that NO ONE will use except a few folks. This project will require full time and permanent subsidies, and anyone with gel between their ears knows it.
Didn't anybody get the hint on November 2nd? WE ARE BROKE!!! The vote out of incompetent politicians will continue. Since 1972 Amtrak has received more than $13 billion of federal SUBSIDIES (for those politicians who don't understand that - it means it can't operate on it's own and therefore needs continuous handouts . Amtrak is now pressing for a half-cent of the federal gasoline tax in order to have a permanent "gimme" from the federal treasury. The people who pay the gas tax (people who drive their cars)aren't using Amtrak. ANY RAIL SYSTEM is going to have to be subsidized forever ... WE ARE BROKE, IT IS UNSUSTAINABLE. I am calling for all conservatives across America (yes you are paying for this also) to 1.) Shut this project down, 2.) identify all politicians involved and boot them out with the rest of the incompetent idiots NOW.