Typical liberal response to any budget cut threat is: "You can't possibly cut (fill in the blank). It’s way too important. Besides it's not very much money by itself." As Everett Dirksen once said, a billion here, a billion there, pretty soon you're talking real money. We are borrowing 35 to 40 cents on the dollar of Federal spending. The right answer is, we have to cut EVERYTHING WE CAN. This includes the sacred cow of Amtrak. The Amtrak subsidy budget is 1.45 billion dollars. The romance of passenger trains is not worth it.