U.S., Commentary: Nostalgia Not in Amtrak’s Future

By Frank N. Wilner, Capitol Hill Contributing Editor, Railway Age Magazine; February 5, 2020

WATCHING WASHINGTON, RAILWAY AGE FEBRUARY 2020 ISSUE: Spending others’ money as if it were one’s own isn’t successful politics. Yet notwithstanding Congress’ current appetite for trillion-dollar annual deficits, there are limits to federal spending—especially on Amtrak, which labors perennially for but a miniscule portion.

Presidents Reagan and both Bushes recommended zeroing-out Amtrak funding, Presidents Clinton and Trump sought 23% cuts, and Amtrak opponents in Congress are too numerous to list.

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