A quiet week in Who-ville. I've been reading a very interesting history of railroads in America, which has yielded plenty of interesting factoids and some interesting comparisons in my head about the benefits and detractions of laissez-faire government. It also makes me wonder why Congress is choking so hard on ponying up for Amtrak. It seems like simple math to me that people riding rails are people not driving their cars into the densest population centers. I've been on German trains and been passed by French ones running parallel to the autoroute, with hundreds of people and tons of goods moving a whole lot faster than our turbodiesel Vectra, and it makes my wonder if maybe Americans wouldn't prefer the shiny, efficient infrastructure of trains to the never-ending nightmare known as cars that brings us the freedom we claim to need so badly.
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