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How Defunding Derails Our Infrastructure


How Defunding Derails Our Infrastructure

John Nichols

House Speaker John Boehner blew a gasket when a reporter asked him whether the Republicans’ refusal to adequately fund Amtrak might have played a role in the May 12 derailment of a Northeast Corridor train that killed eight people and injured more than 200.

“Are you really gonna ask such a stupid question? Listen, you know, they started this yesterday: ‘It’s all about funding. It’s all about funding.’ Well, obviously, it’s not about funding,” Boehner whined, before seizing on reports that the train “was going twice the speed limit” as it entered a turn in Philadelphia.


On a recent trip, I was amazed at how far the European’s infrastructure has surpassed America’s. Boehner needs to get out more.

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