Thursday, February 23, 2006

Tongue Firmly In Cheek - Let The UAE Run Amtrak

We see no reason to believe that our readers have not heard about the Federal Government allowing a Dubai-owned corporation to operate container ports on US soil. If you haven't, read this.

It got us thinking. Let's sell Amtrak to the United Arab Emirates. They are transportation experts on a world-class scale. We bet they would make a better job of it than the Federal Government. Of course, we might have to stipulate that they run it better than Congress has for the past 35 years.

But think about it! Luxury trains with legendary European efficiency run by a country with unlimited oil resources and plenty of cash. All the things that Amtrak has never had.

The Bush Administration says that one of the main reasons we let Dubai run the ports is that there is no American company that can do it. Well, they also say they want private corporations to run or compete with American Rail. If there is no American company wants to do it, we should let Dubai have them.

Something tells me they might do a good job. Maybe my tongue shouldn't be so far in cheek.

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