Amtrak Subsidies

Since its formation in 1971, Amtrak has been criticized for catering to neither the traveling public nor the taxpayer. Amtrak is unique in that it has cost the government over $45 billion in subsidies over the last 44 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), a non-partisan agency. Matthew Sabas of the Manhattan Institute concluded that much of the waste is due to “unprofitable routes, overstaffed trains, and the mismanagement of its food services.” Sabas was not the first to point out Amtrak’s excessive spending and waste. In 1985, Tom Wicker wrote in the New York Times that David Stockholm (then-Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)) “threw a tantrum the other day before a Senate subcommittee.” Stockholm said, “If senators did not have ‘the courage, the foresight, the comprehension’ to ‘pull the plug’ on what he called an ‘irredeemable’ Amtrak rail passenger system,” American taxpayers would have to continue to foot the bill. Stockholm was right. Amtrak still relies on public money. 

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Clinton Revisionism

Let us start with an obvious fact: Bill Clinton is a repulsive person.  No, he’s not repulsive because he balanced the federal budget, reformed welfare, signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or repealed Glass-Steagall.  Bill Clinton is a bad person because he is the personification of rape culture and the living, successful embodiment of almost every harmful patriarchal structure we are taught to revolt against.  

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