"One of the biggest waste programs that we have, and that needs reform, is Amtrak," Mr. Mica said. "It's basically a Soviet-style federal transportation program which the federal government and some special interests won't let loose. Almost the entire world is now competing; the European Union will require competition rail service over state-owned service. We've seen privatization in England, Germany, Japan, Italy, where the price can go down and the quality of the service goes up. And more people are employed in the industry."
"The shocking thing is that there is no protocol for handling our returning troops, and at Oakland they got a very rude welcome," Mr. Mica said. "We just need to get some regular order of the process so we don't have a recurrence of what we saw happen here."