The president's so-called "skinny budget" will eliminate all federal funding for Amtrak's national train network, meaning 220 cities will lose all passenger service, the National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) warned this week.
"It's ironic that President Trump's first budget proposal undermines the very communities whose economic hardship and sense of isolation from the rest of the country helped propel him into office," said NARP president Jim Mathews.
"These working class communities—many of them located in the Midwest and the South—were tired of being treated like 'flyover country,'" Mathews continued. "But by proposing the elimination of Amtrak's long distance trains, the Trump administration does them one worse, cutting a vital service that connects these small town economies to the rest of the U.S.."
"These hard working, small town Americans," he added, "don't have airports or Uber to turn to; they depend on these trains."
I want to feel badly for the people who were fooled by Trump and are just now waking up to the terrible monster they helped to create.
But I just can't.
They, like all of us, saw who Trump was. They heard about his background, they listened as he stumbled through those debates, they knew that he had no experience WHATSOEVER for this job, and yet they allowed themselves to believe that he, and he alone, would bring back the jobs that they had lost, restore their faith in their country, and keep America out of foreign wars.
And of course he has done just the opposite.
If I feel badly for anybody it is those of us who recognized who Trump was from the very beginning and tried desperately to inform the low information morons that they were being tricked.
Because unfortunately we are now all suffering through this together.