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Apr 04, 2011

Caught "Red" Handed on Amtrak

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Back in February, fussy conservative columnist George Will opined that "the real reason for progressives’ passion for trains is their goal of diminishing Americans’ individualism in order to make them more amenable to collectivism."

On Sunday, eagle-eyed liberal columnist Paul Krugman blogged: "It is my civic duty to report that yesterday, as I got off Amtrak 161 from Trenton to Washington — having spent 2 1/2 hours being made more amenable to collectivism, not to mention finishing another chapter for 3rd edition — I saw George Will leaving the business class car."

Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that "Amtrak is seeking $1.3 billion in federal funds for major improvements to the heavily traveled Northeast rail corridor, including $450 million to make Philadelphia-to-New-York trains the fastest in the country." The move was prompted by Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott's decision in February to reject federal money for high-speed rail in the Sunshine State.

To the bar car for a Stoli, comrades!

--Reed McManus

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