• Dem. Uses 9/11 and Katrina to Push for More Amtrak Spending

    The Democratic party has just reached a new low.

    During a debate on the House floor over possible budget cuts to Amtrak, Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) made the case for more taxpayer funded high-speed train systems by using some of America’s deadliest disasters to make her ridiculous case.

    “What is it that we don’t support transportation infrastructure?” Brown yelled on the House floor Thursday. “When we had 9/11, Amtrak was the only entity that was moving people. When we had Katrina, we had Amtrak. We had over 3,000 people to die because they couldn’t move around the area.”

    Firstly, 1,833 people died during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 according to government data–not 3,000 like the idiot in the video above says.

    Secondly, Amtrak cut off all its services to New Orleans days before the deadly hurricane hit the mainland.  But for some reason Corrine Brown thought the tragedy useful in her argument for more government spending. “We need a train that leaves New Orleans to go to Orlando and on down to Miami. That is the future,” Brown said.

    But it’s a future of wasted millions.

    The tracks have since been repaired but service to Orlando has not been restored. According to the Florida Department of State, The Sunset Limited’s Gulf Coast service, which ran rail lines from New Orleans to Orlando until Katrina destroyed the rail lines, was one of Amtrak’s “least efficient routes.” It lost constantly lost money. Some $29.3 million in loses occurred in 2004 and the rail line saw another $35.2 million in losses in 2005.

    So there’s a reason that House lawmakers are blocking Corrine and the Democrats’ proposal to resurrect the fail plan.

    Jerome Hudson

    Managing Editor

    Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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