By now, the entire American nation knows about the wreck of an Amtrack train that was going too fast and wound up in a wreck with the loss of at least eight people. The story captured my attention. NO,not the fact that there had been a train wreck. NO, not the fact that several people are dead. NO, the figure that jumped out to me was that the train was “going too fast at the speed of a hundred miles an hour.” Hell, there have been trains for years that go over a hundred miles an hour. But, in the United States of America, a train that runs at the speed of 100 miles per hour is “going too fast.” In countries like China or France, there are trains that go over 300 miles an hour. Heck, in Japan there trains go faster than one hundred miles an hour.
What has happened to the USA? We used to boast about our fast trains and planes. We used to boast about our wonderful interstate road system. But, we now have Republicans who vote against any bill that will rebuild our infrastructure. Ironically, it was Republican President Dwight Eisenhower who created the interstate road system and raised taxes to accomplish that task. Oh, for the day when we can say thatourtrain was ONLY going 300 miles per hour!