Yesterday I went over why I believed Amtrak should be privatized. Today, the federal government is responsible for the lives lost on the inaugural run of an Amtrak train south of Seattle. Local officials knew that the tracks were not able to have trains running at 80 mph, but it is not a local program run by a private business, it is not a state program run by local officials, it is a federal program run by bureaucrats 1000's of miles away in D.C.
Fiscally conservative policy and safety can go hand in hand. By removing the federal government from projects that are local in scope we will be better off as a nation. A private business would have had a duty to its stakeholders and the ability to change without approval of a bureaucrat in D.C. that the federal government does not. It's time for a change.