One of many signs of Congressional ineptitude is its willingness to continue shoveling money into Amtrak (about $1.5 billion annually at last count), the government-owned (socialized) rail monopoly. Obviously, cutting $1.5 billion is not going to solve our national deficit which runs at approximately 100 times that amount, but it is symbolic and you have to start somewhere.
Recently, it was reported that Amtrak lost $834 million in the last 10 years selling hamburgers, drinks, and other food to a captive audience on its trains.
It is long-past time to sell Amtrak off to the highest bidder or, where no one will buy the railroad, simply abandon rail service. I do know that I don’t want any more of this “government efficiency” brought to my health care and other, more complicated areas of the economy.