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Mica, Republican Congress critter from Florida, is attempting to push though a bill to SELL off the Northeastern Corridor of AMTRAK, including the ACELA high speed rail system. Seems some of his corporate owners have decided that there is some profits to be squeezed out of the passenger rail system in this area and they want their dirty stinking mitts on it.
The Republicans are pushing this deal, (wonder how much in BRIBES they are recieving), and it is really amazing how stupidly they avoid history. They forget that the Private Sector squeezed the former private passenger rail system, pulling profits and not investing, until they simply dumped the entire program of passenger rail travel services. The Federal Government formed the National Passenger Rail Service (now known as AMTRAK) and promoted rail travel again. They cut many routes and closed a lot of stations, but kept the trains running and the rolling stock upgraded and in reasonable repair.
Now that the AMTRAK system is starting to pull itself out of the hole, the scumbags in Washington see a great opportunity of putting more billions of taxpayer dollars into the hand of their private corporation owners. People need to flood the congress with protests. IF the private sector gets their dirty mitts on the passenger service again, it will simply be driving into bankruptcy once again and passenger service will be eliminated once again. Then what? WE depend on the tender mercies of the rapacious airline industry? Can you say more fees anyone???
Mica needs to be investigated for corruption, bribery taking and then convicted and thrown in the Prison in Gainesville Florida.
Bustards the lot of them.