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Tuesday, February 08, 2005

More on the budget

 

I’ll have to agree with my esteemed colleague Oblio on the budget. Bush is wanker for leaving the cost of the war off the budget. At least according to this article on the relatively pro-republican site Newsmax, they appear to backpedaling, where White House aides have said they may add 80 billion to the budget to account for Afghanistan and Iraq. (which sounds pretty low to me)

My only point of separation with Oblio may be on Amtrak. I agree that Amtrak is incompetent and that lowering their budget will not make them more efficient. But I also think that raising their budget or keeping it the same will not improve their efficiency either. They are a business and hence supposedly should be offering a service in exchange for money. The money they receive for the service is supposed to be more than it costs to offer the service. If it is not, a normal business would go out of business. When it is Amtrak or the federally subsidized airlines (by the way these are just examples, there are certainly more handout beneficiaries), they just tax people to make up the difference.

Trains are simply obsolete in most areas of the country. It is cheaper (and faster if you have two people) to drive from NY to Chicago than take the train. It is also roughly only $100 more to fly roundtrip which cuts a little time (34 hours) off the trip.

And, as someone who would actually use affordable trains to go from NY to Philly or DC, can someone explain to me why a ticket to Chicago from NY (18+ hours one way) costs $88 and a ticket from NY to DC (4 hours one way) also cost about $80+.

Greg -

3 Comments:

Blogger Oblio said...

"can someone explain to me why a ticket to Chicago from NY (18+ hours one way) costs $88 and a ticket from NY to DC (4 hours one way) also cost about $80+."

yeah, amtrack sucks and the oil companies want us all to drive SUVs. but that is just my, like, opinion.

12:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"can someone explain to me why a ticket to Chicago from NY (18+ hours one way) costs $88 and a ticket from NY to DC (4 hours one way) also cost about $80+."

yeah, amtrack sucks and the oil companies want us all to drive SUVs. but that is just my, like, opinion.

12:51 AM  
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