I Call Shotgun!
I spotted Kevin Horrigan‘s fantastic article on Amtrak subsidies last week when it was published in the Post-Dispatch, but somehow I neglected to post about it. Horrigan points out that Amtrak survives only because it receives billions of dollars in federal subsidies. He further notes that in the last year alone, Missouri taxpayers were forced to pay an additional $6.3 million to support folks taking the train between Kansas City and Saint Louis. He then exposes the inanity of Amtrak’s self-justifying arguments by showing that they could just as easily support the use of tax dollars to bring back stagecoaches. If you haven’t read it yet, it’s well worth a few minutes of your time.