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Old 05-13-2015, 06:38 AM
 
Location: Smithtown, NY
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Sadly, Democrats blow Trillions on failed programs like Obamacare when they could be using that money to invest in US infrastructure.

Just think how many jobs they could create if they used that money more wisely.
I guess that wasn't a "shovel ready" job.
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Old 05-13-2015, 06:41 AM
 
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Railroads are not public infrastructure. They are privately owned I believe. That is why passenger trains don't have priority on the lines. Freight pays the bills.
Nope, railroads are public infrastructure. Congress decides on their budget.
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Old 05-13-2015, 06:47 AM
 
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Some of your will bring politics into anything, geez.

Such a tragedy, R.I.P to those people.
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Old 05-13-2015, 06:50 AM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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Railroads are not public infrastructure. They are privately owned I believe. That is why passenger trains don't have priority on the lines. Freight pays the bills.
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Nope, railroads are public infrastructure. Congress decides on their budget.
Most rail lines in this country are privately owned by one of various freight companies (Union Pacific, CSX, BNSF, etc.) and on those lines, freight trains are given priority over passenger trains. (This is the main reason why long-distance Amtrak trains are so unreliable.) But Amtrak owns the Northeast Corridor line from Washington to Boston, including the location of this terrible accident.

Amtrak is a very big component of intercity travel in the Northeast Corridor, especially between New York and Philadelphia. Shutting down this line is going to have a big impact on all alternate routes, especially Interstate 95.
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Old 05-13-2015, 07:12 AM
 
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Sadly, Republicans don't want to invest in US infrastructure. They'd rather squander trillions in Iraq and Iran.
Exactly, but the rightwing news media will refuse to point this out
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Old 05-13-2015, 07:21 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Very sad. I liked obama when he was running because he touted this big RR infrastructure push. That's anonther thing that never happened.
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Old 05-13-2015, 07:37 AM
 
Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
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The jury is still out on the ACA but it hasn't failed yet. Most certainly "Trillions" have not been "blown" yet. Are you counting the hypothetical losses "calculated" by right-wing blogs over the next 50 years or something? The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office said ACA is accretive, meaning it would save billions of dollars over 10 years. Of course, these forecasts are often very wrong due to assumptions, but my point is that no one credible has said "trillions" could be "blown". Mr. Clinton, on the other hand, may be "blown" if he goes back to the White House.
Just the money dumped into the cost of the failed state and national websites have been in the high Billions.

Such a huge waste of money just to get websites running. States are even shutting theirs down after pumping massive Millions into their development. Hawaii is the latest.

Of the 7-8 million on Ocare we probably spent a few Mil on each enrollee. Even then many of them already had coverage and just shifted to Ocare.

It is a failed and expensive program.
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Old 05-13-2015, 07:50 AM
 
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This is the second time there has been an accident in this place:

Eerily similar rail disaster occurred 72 years before at same junction
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Old 05-13-2015, 07:55 AM
 
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A 6th person has died:

6 dead, at least 150 injured after Amtrak train derails - CNN.com
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Old 05-13-2015, 08:09 AM
 
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Railroads are not public infrastructure. They are privately owned I believe. That is why passenger trains don't have priority on the lines. Freight pays the bills.
No freight lines run on those tracks, afaik. They're under Amtrak's control.
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