Amtrak Loses $1 Billion on Food; Unveils Black, Gay and Latino Services

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Amtrak and the Postal Service are both little reminders that the government can lose money even providing a service that people need and charging them money for it.

This year, Amtrak lost $72 million on free food. There is indeed a free lunch… for Amtrak employees and passengers.

The taxpayer-subsidized rail line found its food service operation deep in red ink, even as it served the free wine, champagne and cheese to long distance riders and fed employees for free, according to Inspector General Ted Alves.

“Amtrak’s operating losses on food and beverage services have been a long-standing issue, and they contribute directly to the need for federal subsidies to support operations,” Alves told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, according to Bloomberg.

Alves said customers traveling on Amtrak’s Auto Train from Virginia to Florida enjoy complimentary wine and cheese and that sleeper-car passengers on three long-distance routes get free wine and champagne — freebies Alves said cost the company a whopping $428,000 in 2012.

“The Amtrak Inspector General has confirmed that Amtrak cooked the books to cover up food service losses that now approach $1 billion,” Florida Republican John Mica, the Government Operations Subcommittee’s chairman, reportedly said of the spending by the passenger railroad.

That’1 billion in food service losses. Last year Amtrak lost $361 million and considered that a success. This year it’s got even bigger plans for politically correct service.

Amtrak has announced the launch of three microsites targeting specific segments of the population: MyBlackJourney.com, AmtrackRideWithPride.com and DescrubeNotreAmerica.com.

In an Amtrak news release, the government-funded intercity train service company says the new websites launched last week, “provide connections to Hispanic, African and LGBT travelers.”

“AmtrakRideWithPride.com speaks to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) traveler. The site is loaded with photos, testimonials and blog posts from Amtrak’s LGBT editor Mark Mastro,” the release says.

How much money will this cost? Short answer… probably a lot. But Obama Time means every part of government has to do this politically correct nonsense.

Also, true to form for Obama websites, they take a minute to load.

  • Judahlevi

    Gee, liberals are sure colorblind.

    Only a liberal/progressive like Obama and his ilk would ever push for making sure the government classifies you only by the color of your skin. In other words, your skin color completely defines who you are as an individual. This is a primitive and barbaric way to classify human beings, which may explain why liberals believe in it.

    Your skin color says nothing about you. Your gender says nothing about you. Neither your skin color or gender was decided by you so how could they have anything to say about who you are as a unique individual?

    You are defined by your character and actions – by your mind not your body. Only a racist believes you are defined by your skin color. Only a sexist believes you are defined by your gender. Based on these truths, most liberals are both racists and sexists.

    • pupsncats

      And heterophobes.

    • Jenny L

      This thinking is the product of Leftist brainwashing in the public school system. It has led to the Islamization of Europe and the downward spiral of what remains of the US. Sad.

  • chan chan

    Just like General Motors is a pension and benefits company that happens to make automobiles as a sideline, Amtrak is clearly a mobile catering business that sells tickets to travellers as a by-product.

  • GSR

    This government is obsessed with pandering to any and all who are not White Americans, which is still the vast majority of the nation. Nice, real nice.

  • cacslewisfan

    Everything I know about gay pride I learned from Amtrak.

  • Johnnnyboy

    The set up is simple enough. They gain votes by pandering to one group or another, usually a minority, and then avoid a backlash by playing to (usually) guilt in the majority.

    What makes it work is that the political left controls the means of propaganda. They dominate the liberal arts in the universities, effectively turning what ever discipline is allegedly being taught into ideological training. These propagandized individuals then go on to become employees in the media, in magazines, and so on. That makes the whole system work because they dominate the means of propaganda through a near cultural domination in the educated classes.

    The downside of the whole thing is that it is inherently corrosive. We are systematically damaging our society for the sake of keeping an elite minority in power.

  • susan

    does this mean that white people will be discriminated against? guess so. I still can’t figure out how they group blacks, latinos and gays together, unless you are a black gay latino..

  • John Kruzelock

    Total BS article 1billion headline is just crap.