Trains For America

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A little history lesson?

From an unlikely source, there comes today an excellent recitation of railroad history. “The historical roots of the crisis of Amtrak” is a superb analysis of the present situation, which reaches a bad conclusion.

Let’s (gently) cut to the chase. Take a deep breath.

The option of safe and efficient passenger rail has been excluded, solely because the profit interests of freight railroads, automakers, and airlines were not served by its development. The only way to provide adequate passenger transportation is under a planned socialist economy, where all aspects of transportation can be efficiently arranged on an international scale.

But honest folks, the World Socialist Federation didn’t get it all wrong.

Would anybody argue that freight railroads, automakers, and airlines have too much influence over the transportation decisions made by congress?

That part about the “planned socialist economy” gives me the chills too, but let’s think about this. There is a plan. Truckers, airlines, and automobile companies are all invited to the table, and the doors are then shut. We, as mere taxpayers, are never supposed to think that there could ever be a better way to get from “A” to “B”. The “plan” exists to benefit a favored few economic interests. All any of us would ever ask is to be allowed to take part in significant decisions that effect everybody.

The exclusion of logical and efficient transportation choices is not in keeping with “free market economics.”

It’s a darned good thing for America that the elites that control transportation decision today were not the owners of buggy whip factories and horse drawn carriage; manufacturers, or we would still be shoveling the manure out of the streets.

And, as far as that stuff about “a planned socialist economy, where all aspects of transportation can be efficiently arranged on an international scale,” I think history speaks loud and clear about that possibility.

Click the above link. It is a most concise organization of facts regarding the dire condition of America’s passenger rail system.

Filed under: Amtrak, Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy

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