President Bush has called for a dramatic drive to place a manned station on the moon and land humans
on Mars. He made the call even as some pointed to huge deficits and mounting costs of the war on terrorism. At the same time
as the president was telling us we can go to Mars, spokesmen for the quasi-governmental Amtrak were saying we won't be able
to ride a passenger train from Stuart, Fort Pierce or Vero Beach anytime in the near future, because there isn't enough money.
In every administration, the Congress and White House have seemed willing to lavish money on the airlines, subsidizing
them in times of crisis. But they have been reticent to find funds for rail service. ...
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