Romney Slammed in Philly Over Train Platform
If you’re like us, you spend most of your time staring at clocks just waiting for 2030 to come around, so you can get on that high-speed rail and head to New York City in just 37 minutes. It’s going to be so awesome.
Unless Mitt Romney becomes president. Maybe. The Republican candidate has promised he’ll defund the private-public transportation line because it is a waste of money. Romney’s been nailed by politicians across the land for this view, especially people like Joe Biden, who rides Amtrak all the time (or, at least he did when he was a senator.) Out to prove that Romney’s idea to fuck the train isn’t the change we believe in, a clot of Massachusetts politicians are criss-crossing the Northeast saying no, Mitt Romney should not do this—and Mitt Romney should not become president, either. They met up yesterday at 30th Street Station with Philly pols Rep. Tony Payton and Councilman Kenyatta Johnson.
“You don’t see any mayor in Massachusetts out promoting [Romney's] candidacy, because there are none,” said former North Adams, Mass., mayor John Barrett.” We saw the job that he did, and so did Republicans. They’re staying on the sidelines because they know.”
Barrett also cited a poll which came out yesterday a poll came out show Romney’s favorability rating in Massachusetts was about 30 percent. (The actual poll says 39 percent.) Additionally, 67 percent of Massachusetts residents do not consider Romney a Bay Stater. The former one-term governor will not win his home state even a little.
Like RomneyCare, the candidate seemed to have a different opinion of the issue while governor. He actually went after millions in federal earmarks for transportation projects at the time. And, according to the Morning Call, “in 2005, Romney unveiled a 20-year, $31 billion state transportation plan that directed “75 percent of all new capital spending toward maintaining and improving the Commonwealth’s existing transportation network.”
“By 2040, Amtrak traffic in the northeast corridor could reach 43 and a half million passengers annually—more tan 4 times the level that it is today,” said Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone, “but only if we have the American-made infrastructure to support it.”
Although Amtrak’s ridership has gone up in recent years (they served 30 million passengers in 2011), the company continues losing money. It was also reported that Amtrak lost $450 million in 2011 while receiving $1.5 billion in public funds.
“[Romney] was an empty suit in Massachusetts, he’s been an empty suit in this campaign and he would be a disaster if he was ever elected president of the United States,” noted Barrett.