White House Politicizes Tragedy, Blasts Republicans for Proposed Amtrak Funding Cuts

by Charlie Spiering  |  published on May 14, 2015


The Amtrak passenger train crash last night has caused many political commentators and legislators to question budget cuts for infrastructure projects, as the news cycle has propelled a white hot political discussion on infrastructure spending.

At the White House, press secretary Josh Earnest was quick to point out during the daily press briefing that President Obama actually supported a nearly $1 billion increase in Amtrak funding while Republicans wanted to cut it.

“We’ve been very clear about what we we believe is the appropriate level of funding for Amtrak,” Earnest said, pointing to Obama’s budget proposal that would benefit the company.

  • Dave In Arizona

    Hey, Obama! Budget cuts weren’t driving that train over 100 mph in a 50 mph zone. Apparently, Obama, you have no shame.

  • gpicha

    What idiot would do over 100 mph in a 55 mph zone. Oh yeah a dombucrapt. Amtrack should be brought up on charges for millions. That enginner shoud be brought up on manslater & a ton of charges. He needs to be fired, pension gone & any certifications terminated.

  • Ronney

    They will probably find out the engineer was muslim

  • Ron Long

    We are all targets, please be vigilant where ever you go. God bless.

  • Ron Long

    Look at what we know so far, the engineer was knocked unconscious, the train sped up prior to the curve, call me a conspiracy nut if you will, but so far this sounds like the train was deliberately wrecked. I do not believe that the government inspectors will disclose this for what it is, an attack. Did anyone know that the CSX train that was derailed a few months back was an act of sabotage? A device used to remove train cars from tracks was used to derail that one. Did they report that to us?

    • Terry Rushing

      surely you don’t believe that peaceful muzzies (who love all people) could indulge in such. Maybe it was simple case of “workplace violence”.

  • Rhonda Hunt

    How does going 106 MPH on a curve,when the speed limit is half that, 50 mph,have to do with their budgit,sound just like a Democrat,its already been stated that this train was a new high tech model,so funding would not have changed anything,it was Human error,not equipment failure.—–Jim Hunt

  • OBAMA using another lie so what is new?

  • OBAMA using another lie so what is new?

  • teaman

    Are you kidding…..you mean the Obambulating Manure Spreader didn’t blame Bush! Shocked I am, just simply shocking!

  • RescueKyron

    No longer parroting Who Is John Galt. Now shouting Where Is John Galt. Clearly Atlas has shrugged and another way of saying it is… the nuts are running the institution.

  • Bob Stewart

    More democrat claptrap. They overlook the fact that the accident was caused by the train going twice as fast as the speed limit. If a speeder was going 100 miles an hour and killed 8 people, he would at least be facing vehicular homicide. I think the engineer will face that charge, unless the district attorney is a wimp. Democrats are fools and never miss an opportunity to prove it.

  • Art Hock

    This is what happened when a lot of idiots elected a muslim who hates America and is bound and determined to destroy all of us patriots. He has allowed all of these desert rats to infiltrate our cities and lay on their asses and draw welfare. This bullshit by the WH is just another way to try and hide all the corruption by the Dumocraps.

  • Hotnike

    Anything to blame the republicans.

  • Gerry Costa

    It takes low life demoRATS to turn a tragedy into political bulls!it. What a bunch of disgusting hypocrites. The trains speed of 106 mph in a 50 mph zone just may have had a bearing on the crash !!!!!!! What a bunch of scum bags.

  • David in MA

    Amtrak: another government bottomless money pit.

    • Terry Rushing

      Government took over passenger rail service because the railroads were loosing money on passenger trains. Now it seems that the taxpayers are loosing money on passenger rail service. Naturally, unions permeate government workers so any money that might mean improvement and even a revived interest in rail travel is sucked out by the unions (who incidentally funnel money to Democrats) and taxpayers get only the bill.

    • Ronney

      You got that right, if it wasn’t for government funding Amtrak wouldn’t even have a track

  • sweetqueen777

    That is a TYPICAL, worn-out, tired old response by Democrats to any problem. Whatever happens, it should have more money thrown at it. The problem here is that money will not keep an engineer from going over 100 mph around a 90 degree turn. I would hope that someone took a drug test on this engineer. His union rep has obviously instructed him to say NOTHING. I have a feeling this guy’s career is over. Too Bad. RR engineers make awesome money, and they have great benefits. Dumbass.

    • David in MA

      this mornings news said drugs and alcohol were not a factor….?

  • Peatro Giorgio

    Sure the administration wanted to increase funding for Amtrac by 1 billion dollars of tax payer money. How about Amtrac increasing it’s rates . Therefor the 95% of the population which doesn’t ride those trains won’t have tO fund it for the freeloaders . Like The Washington Political hacks and their burr rat I mean burracrat buddies. It’s privite enterprise. No more freaking public funding. Not for energy, not for housing , not for banks, not for sports, Not for the arts. Certainly not for illegal s.

  • john41

    The news indicated they were going over 100mph in a 50mph zone. I wouldn’t guess that had some impact on the outcome.

    • Terry Rushing

      It seems a bit of a stretch to relate funding to speeding. But then, this too is in keeping with Obama’s guiding tenet to never miss a disaster for political gain.

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