Thursday, May 14, 2015

Train Wreck

Perfect timing:

The bodies had not yet been fully recovered from the Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia before Capitol Hill erupted hours later into its usual partisan clash over how much money to spend on the long-struggling national rail service.

As investigators picked through the rubble on Wednesday morning, Democratic lawmakers in Washington angrily demanded an increase in Amtrak funding, calling Tuesday night’s accident a result of congressional failure to support the rail system. Republicans refused, defeating the request in a morning committee hearing and accusing Democrats of using a tragedy for political reasons.

Just like after a gun massacre, their excuse is “Now is not the time to talk about fixing the system.”

3 barks and woofs on “Train Wreck

  1. In fact their answer to the tragedy (failure to fund as well) was to cut $300,000 from the AMTRAK budget.

  2. I think we could put a lot of people to work repairing our railways, highways, and bridges. We would all be safer. The economy would improve because people are working. The Republicans are so short sighted.

  3. I hear a freight train derailed this morning near Philadelphia, as well. I wonder, just how third world will it get before they vote enough money to correct the issues? I am told that in most (first world) countries, every train rolling is connected to a system that reveals LIVE their speed, location, and other vital info — so they KNOW how to prevent accidents. But here? Our train systems are so archaic as to make that impossible.

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