The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, a newspaper which runs my weekly political column every Monday, ran a column in the Sunday paper that may have showed up in your town. Now, you can’t read the Democrat-Gazette online without a subscription. The publisher has taken some heat on that, but the paper continues to operate without the cutbacks common in the newspaper industry. Maybe some folks in Arkansas know what they’re doing, after all.
Anyway, the column is simply dreadful. Patrick McIlheran takes the mandatory shot at Amtrak and announces that the automobile is still king of the transportation world.
That’s not a surprise. It’s the truth. It’s also what students of rhetoric call a “straw man.” Nobody has ever suggested that the American love affair with the automobile is going to end any time soon. What we at TFA propose is alternatives.
People will continue to drive, but probably less. Why should we take fewer trips just to satisfy the greed of political interests?
We might also note that Amtrak ridership will experience a natural “cap” due to a serious equipment shortage.
You can read it all here, or wait for the darned thing to appear in the local paper. It’s just as wrong either way.