Scalding Hot Take From Chris Matthews: Republicans View Hispanics Like They View Amtrak Trains or Something

Posted by on May 15, 2015 at 8:04 am

In the race to the bottom in the aftermath of the Amtrak derailment Tuesday  night, leave it to the deranged Chris Matthews to come up with his usual incoherent idiocy.

Really is hard to figure why MSNBC’s ratings keep plummeting.

Meanwhile, speaking of idiots, the moron in the White House weighed in with his usual simplistic nonsense.

President Obama on Thursday called for increased infrastructure spending in the wake of a deadly Amtrak derailment this week in Philadelphia.
“We are a growing country with a growing economy. We need to invest in the infrastructure that keeps us that way,” Obama said during a press conference at Camp David following a summit with Gulf state leaders. “That’s what great nations do.”
We have a growing economy? That’s news to us. Anyway, it begs the question: Why hasn’t Obama used his magic pen and phone to just unilaterally increase Amtrak funding? Well, becasue it’s easier to demagogue than actually do anything useful.

Throwing money at a problem is not always the wrong thing to do, of course. But one has to wonder where the limiting principle is in this case. There is no department or organization in the world that would struggle to find a use for more cash were it to become available. If our standard is a) that more funding might potentially equal less death, and b) that all death must inevitably be assuaged by more funding, we will soon run out of treasure. Alternatively, if the conceit is less absolute — i.e. if we accept that we do not have infinite resources and that this debate is there about priorities — one will still have to question the choices that Amtrak’s boosters would have us make. To support federal spending on Amtrak is by definition to suppose that every dollar spent on the trains is money that could not be spent better elsewhere: not by taxpayers; not by businesses; not by other parts of the government; not on paying down the debt; not on anything else on this earth. This, naturally, is highly debatable. Per the agenda-less, data-driven denizens of Vox, Americans today are 17 times more likely to be killed in a car accident and 213 times more likely to be killed on a motorcycle than they are to be killed on a train. Trains, in other words, are relatively safe. That being so, one has to ask why anybody would advocate increasing the train budget. By rights, shouldn’t that money be going to General Motors or to Harley Davidson or to the various DMVs up and down the land? Shouldn’t it be “invested” in areas where it will be 17 and 213 times more useful? If it should not, why not? Why do those who wish to spend money on the trains and not on motorcycle safety not have blood on their hands, just as we are supposed to believe that those who wish to cut Amtrak’s budget do? Surely if Harley Davidson had a little more money, they could develop systems to save lives. Why, pray, are they being denied that money?

Curious how the person seemingly responsible for the crash isn’t being talked about. Weird, huh? Instead we get stupid reporters asking stupid questions.

 

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5 Responses to “Scalding Hot Take From Chris Matthews: Republicans View Hispanics Like They View Amtrak Trains or Something”

  1. Gilligan on 15/15/15 at 9:33 am

    Money was spent to install a device that is designed to control the speed of trains in dangerous curves and prevent exactly this sort of accident.

    Apparently the device was not turned on because there was some sort of bureaucratic pissing contest between the railroad and the FCC about the use of radio frequency.

    Eight people are dead but don’t expect that to have any consequences for the bureaucrats responsible. They are safely protected from consequences by civil service laws and their unions. Rather than public safety, the Amtrack and FCC bureaucrats can concentrate on empire building and career enhancement.

  2. Drumwaster on 15/15/15 at 9:55 am

    And even if said money was not spent, and that device never installed, it is precisely meaningless, because they have this walking and talking device that has NO OTHER JOB than to control the speed of the trains. He is called the train engineer. That seems to be his sole function. He doesn’t have to worry about which routes to take, or where he will be stopping next, since those decisions are already made far in advance of him ever filling out the application for the job. He does not have to worry about weather, or alternative landing sites, or anything like an airplane pilot does. He just makes the train go either faster or slower, depending on the position and conditions. Period.

    If he was busy sexting with his significant other or reading a comic book or playing grab-ass with the conductor or ticket takers, and anyone dies from his inattention, it is manslaughter, open-and-shut.

    There is no politics involved, and no additional moneys need be spent.

  3. Ray Van Dune on 15/15/15 at 11:24 am

    Money is also spent, millions of dollars of it per annum, to install and maintain devices designed to control the speed of trains not just in curves, but at all times. These are called Engineers.

  4. rduke305 on 15/15/15 at 5:45 pm

    Chris Matthews and Joan Walsh together…it’s always the stupid…it burns!!!! They’re like symbiotic amoeba.

  5. PatMac on 15/15/15 at 9:07 pm

    Amazing, not a single liberal has mentioned the idea of raising ticket prices to cover more infrastructure spending for Amtrak. Instead, they want people like me, someone who lives in Tennessee and will never ride Amtrak in their life, to pay more in taxes to subsidize the ticket prices of the relatively affluent typical NE Amtrak rider.