Skip to comments.Sequester Forces Biden to Take Amtrak
Posted on 03/01/2013 8:25:00 AM PST by KeyLargo
Sequester Forces Biden to Take Amtrak Friday, March 1, 2013 10:04 AM
By: Sandy Fitzgerald
Joe Bidens military flights back home to Delaware will be grounded starting this weekend, as the vice president plans to start taking Amtrak trains to help cut the costs involved in using military transport for the short trip.
Biden said he initiated the change in travel plans, Fox News reports, saying the change is the one part of the sequester that works to his benefit.
According to published reports, it costs the government tens of thousands of dollars every time Biden takes Air Force Two or other military flights back to Delaware. Biden told the National Association of Attorneys General he enjoys taking the train, and took nearly 8,000 trips by Amtrak as senator.
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Reminds me of the movie, Throw Mama off the train
Which is the real issue.
Oh, the humanity!
Think carefully about what Biden riding the train due to sequestration means and to who it benefits.
Watch your back uncle Joe.
UNCLE CHOO CHOO! That is really funny.
He don’t need a plane. He don’t need Amtrak....they should just use the short yellow bus they have for him.
Maybe it’s just me, but so far I haven’t seen anything I don’t like about “sequestration”.
In fact, as far as I’m concerned, it doesn’t go nearly far enough.
The ghost of Willie Green is happy!
Boo - hoo ... when it has nothing to do with his job, he should be paying his own way back home in the first place. They all should.
They have to do demonstration projects like this to prove to us that its a big deal. Proving of course,, that it is no big deal.
So how much does it cost to have a secret service detail to secure the train the train route etc. My guess this publicity stunt is actually costing more than flying. If Joe really wants to save some money he should crawl back under his rock and stay there.
Maybe its just me, but so far I havent seen anything I dont like about sequestration.
In fact, as far as Im concerned, it doesnt go nearly far enough.
I want to see just how Obama and Michelle handle this. Are they going to roll back those air force one trips.
Parden me boys, is that the uncle biden choo choo...
I recall reading that when Joe was Senator the train was his usual transportation to and from DC.
Love that pic!
There will be a lot of ticked off commuters when they can’t catch their normal train to work and home because he’s got the whole shebang locked up with security for himself.
The only thing I don’t like is that the cuts are focused alot on the military. I know the military could stand to be trimmed down; but, the structure of this thing concentrated the cuts on it, while leaving alot of other wasteful spending untouched.
Now this was the big bluff. The democrats thought the gop would ultimately cave, to prevent military cuts. And you have seen the scare tactics - not fueling and aircraft carrier for example. (BTW, this was a complete lie - the uranium refueling costs $95 million...and a scheduled overhaul of the ship costs $3.3 billion. The Navy can absolutely afford the re-fueling, they’d just have to postpone the overhaul. And the refueling happens every 4 years, so its not like it has to coincide with the overhaul.)
Anyway, I’m glad the gop called Barry’s bluff...but a little concerned that it hit the military so hard.
Not to mention, now TSA has an excuse to build their rank-n-file by moving past air travel to rail and most likely bus transit once the undersecretary of federal foo-foo has to ride a bus to Trenton, NJ.
Now if we could just ground Air Force One and wookie One.
He dont need a plane. He dont need Amtrak....It’s less than 100 miles. He don’t need a donut for his hemorohoids.
The problem with the military being hit so hard lies squarely with the Republicans who negotiated the sequester in the first place because they went along with the RATS wanting 50% of the cuts to come from defense as if we're still running at Reagan era spending levels. Total idiots.
Can anyone tell me the exact distance between Wash DC and the nearest airport tht Biden would fly to in Delaware?
Is it worth winding up Aur Force 2 for such a short distance??????
Yes, I think this was the GOP bluff...they thought any problem with military readiness would be pinned on the CIC...and gave him ‘flexibility’ to change where the cuts are made.
So far Barry has called their bluff...and even doubled down by refusing to fuel a carrier.
However, with every hour that passes by, without starving nude children roaming our streets, Barry looks worse. And, the idea of government cuts will not look so scarey after to the sheeple after all.
amtrak is government make jobs for unions.
biden is pandering.
If it was a bluff, it was a foolish bluff because with the media as his personal PR department and most Republicans hiding under their desks instead of challenging him, nothing gets pinned on Obama. However, I don't believe for a second that it was a bluff. It's just SOP for the GOP.
Look back at any Congressional bipartisan effort and you'll see the same pattern over and over again: Republicans appoint mostly members who want to solve the problem or find out the truth but most of all will make whatever deal is necessary with the RATS while the Democrats appoint one highly respected bipartisan member to lead their side and use their remaining members to protect their turf and most of all, to protect their own.
For example, the 9/11 Commission. The Republicans were led by RINO Tom Kean with the remainder RINOs while the RATS were led by above-it-all Lee Hamilton and included not just protectors of their turf like the detestable Richard Ben-Veniste, but an actual perpetrator of 9/11, Jamie Gorelick. It was her directive instituting a wall between the CIA and FBI that directly led to the attack and should have landed her in the cell next to Khalid Sheikh Mohammed instead of on that panel investigating the attack.
Same with this issue: You had Republicans all too willing to fix the problem by making any agreement they could with the RATS while the RATS made sure to protect their spending and big government programs and take out more of the Defense Department which they hate, but most of all, they were there to enhance and protect Obama.
Whenever a deal gets made, and the Republicans will make a deal as the heat continues to be turned up under the desks where they're hiding, Obama will simply blame them for not agreeing sooner and they'll just stand there hanging their heads like puppies who soiled the living room carpet.