I generally ignore stuff I get in emails from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), who spam me with anti-Santorum stuff all the time. But, this, though a few days old, is too good to pass up:
After breaking his promise to fight George Bushs efforts to eliminate funding for Amtrak last week, Rick Santorum displayed what is becoming characteristic audacity today by penning an op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer where he wrote that it would be a grave mistake to cut the federal funds that keep Amtrak operating. But he voted to do exactly that just last week!!!!
TODAY, SANTORUM WROTE: IT WOULD BE A GRAVE MISTAKE TO CUT THE FEDERAL FUNDS THAT KEEP AMTRAK OPERATING. In a March 25 editorial in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Santorum wrote: As our nation's premier passenger rail service, Amtrak plays a crucial role in our transportation infrastructure. Keeping the rail lines open and the trains running should be one of Congress' priorities in the upcoming budget discussion. At a time when Amtrak is setting ridership records and as congestion at our airports and on the highways continues to increase, it would be a grave mistake to cut the federal funds that keep Amtrak operating. [http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/editorial/11223961.htm]
BUT JUST LAST WEEK, SANTORUM VOTED AGAINST RESTORING AMTRAK FUNDING CUT IN BUSH BUDGET! On March 16, Santorum voted against restoring $1.04 billion for Amtrak, flip-flopping on a promise he made to fight for that money when he was on Meet the Press. [CQ, Vote #51, 3/16/05; Meet the Press, 2/27/05]
LAST WEEK WASNT THE FIRST TIME SANTORUM HAS VOTED AGAINST AMTRAK: Santorum voted against an amendment to the 2003 Budget Resolution to increase spending on Amtrak by $912 million. [3/21/2003, #77]