Vice President Joe Biden: Trains are still awesome 

Our esteemed Vice-President is talking trains again, this time in a piece published by the Huffington Post about how Amtrak was once his conduit to the American people.

He writes:

When I took the train every night--and I still do whenever possible--I always noticed the lights on in the houses flickering in the passing neighborhoods, dotting the landscape speeding by my window. Moms and dads were at their kitchen table, talking after they put their kids to bed. Like Americans everywhere, they were asking questions as profound as they are ordinary: Should Mom move in with us now that Dad is gone? How are we going to pay the heating bills? Did you hear the company may be cutting our health care? Now that we owe more on the house than it's worth, how are we going to send the kids to college? How are we going be able to retire?

I would look out the window and hear their questions, feel their pain.

As a VRE commuter, I love trains as much as the next person, but I've never been able to hear private family conversations from the train.

If I did, I imagine that I'd hear, "Why the hell did we ever move next to a noisy train track?"

But Amtrak trains have always been a spiritual event for Sen. Biden, maybe that's why he promotes dumping billions of taxpayer dollars into the system when in some cases it would be cheaper for Amtrak to buy their passengers free airline tickets than to transport them on the trains.


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