Amtrak CEO: Railroad takes 'full responsibility' for crash

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  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    May 15, 2015 12:27 p.m.

    Hey Vanceone -

    "Well, Slick, if you listen to the leftist commentators, on this site and in the media, this entire tragedy is to be blamed on Republicans and their apparent cruelty in not spending hordes of cash on Amtrack, since clearly if they had this train would have taken the curve at the right speed or something. "

    LOL

    "The leftist commentators??" . . . Oh, you mean everyone capable of realistically appraises the situation?

    Yeah well, face it Vancone . . . From your point of view, reality is leftist.

    Depriving AMTRACK of necessary funding KILLED 8 people yesterday, wasted millions of dollars, and paralyzed transportation and businesses around Philadelphia.

    And WHO do you suppose was behind depriving Amtrak of that necessary funding? . . . Choosing instead to fund their friends in the military industrial complex and wasting MILLIONS investigating Benghazi and other made-up scandals?

  • Vanceone Provo, UT
    May 15, 2015 11:58 a.m.

    Well, Slick, if you listen to the leftist commentators, on this site and in the media, this entire tragedy is to be blamed on Republicans and their apparent cruelty in not spending hordes of cash on Amtrack, since clearly if they had this train would have taken the curve at the right speed or something. The engineer is blameless, according to the leftists that I've read, and it's all the fault of the right wing for not taxing rural America more to pay for free trains that carry lobbyists and Joe Biden.

  • Vermonter Plymouth, MI
    May 15, 2015 10:57 a.m.

    @Slick Mick.
    Your question is most appropriate. We frequently hear public figures say they take "full responsibility" for mistakes or errors. But, what do they actually do to fix the problem and what is the negative impact on their lives due to taking "full responsibility"? Gone are the days when mistakes like the Amtrak accident would require the resignation of the CEO or other top managers. For the most part, gone are the days when government officials would have to resign in disgrace, or take a serious pay-cut or be assigned different responsibilities because they simply could not be trusted anymore. Our society prefers scapegoats and sacrificial lambs--but only if they are of a certain ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation or hold politically-correct viewpoints. No, in many corners of America, true responsibility and accountability is gone, replaced with a smothering political correctness or blind cronyism. Unfortunately, Amtrak is basically part of the federal government.

  • SlickMick Ashburn, VA
    May 15, 2015 8:59 a.m.

    Full responsibility. What exactly does that mean? For that matter, did anyone remotely assume that it was someone else's fault?