Planes, trains, automobiles

"Planes, trains, automobiles" Continued...

Issue: "No time to celebrate," Dec. 1, 2001

To the contrary, I would suggest that we are in for upheavals in American transportation of a sort we may never have faced before. A stalwart carrier like United Airlines has announced it may not survive for another six months, in spite of the fact that taxpayers have just paid through the nose to boost its fortunes. All the airlines are threatened by wildly escalating insurance premiums. On the other hand, Amtrak was told by bankruptcy officials last week to prepare to sell off its equipment. Better spiff up those Greyhound buses!

If you thought this month's congressional battles over nationalizing the screeners at airports was tough, get ready for what's just ahead. There's no time like an emergency for the suggestion that Uncle Sam should take over the planes and trains as well.

Joel Belz
Joel Belz

Joel, WORLD's founder, writes a regular column for the magazine and contributes commentaries for The World and Everything in It. He is also the author of Consider These Things.

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