John Boehner Melts Down When Asked If Republican Cuts Played A Role In Amtrak Accident



John Boehner cut off and yelled at a reporter today who asked if Republican budget cuts are to blame for deadly Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia.



Speaker Boehner said, “Are you really going to ask such a stupid question? Listen, you know, they started this yesterday, it’s all about funding, it’s all about funding. Well, obviously it’s not about funding. The train was going twice the speed limit. Adequate funds are there; no money’s been cut from rail safety and the House passed a bill earlier this spring to reauthorize Amtrak, and authorize a lot of these programs. And it’s hard for me to imagine that people take the bait on some of the nonsense that gets spewed around here.”

The NTSB disagrees with Speaker Boehner. CNN reported that the train that derailed did not have the latest safety technology, “A system known as positive train control likely would have stopped the train — which had been hurtling around the curve at more than 100 mph — from derailing, National Transportation Safety Board Member Robert Sumwalt told reporters.”

Amtrak doesn’t have the latest safety technology on all trains because they lack the funds to pay for such an expense. Amtrak lacks the funds because Republicans have been trying for years to kill and privatize Amtrak. Boehner only gave half of the answer while leaving out the part about Republican budget making the nation’s railway system less safe.

As usual with Boehner when the Speaker lacks facts, he flips out on the reporter who asked the question. There was nothing stupid about the question. The reality is that Republican budget cuts literally kill people.

No amount of yelling and theatrics from Speaker Boehner can hide the fact that the Republican refusal to properly fund infrastructure has life and death consequences for the nation’s travelers.

54 Replies to “John Boehner Melts Down When Asked If Republican Cuts Played A Role In Amtrak Accident”

  1. ” And it’s hard for me to imagine that people take the bait on some of the nonsense that gets spewed around here.”

    That’s right, Boehner – especially the nonsense that you spew.

  2. Flat OUT! Republicans don’t give a Damn about Americans! They ONLY care about Corporate Americans! I’ve said before and it bears repeating everywhere people. “It is not Democrats vs. Republicans anymore! It IS AMERICANS vs. Republicans.

  3. This tragedy IS a direct result of the Reich Wings de-funding of Amtrak and other vital infrastructure.

  4. Usual Boner moves, scream at the bobblehead reporters when you can’t confront your failure.
    Then the question become what cable pundit bobblehead call out the drunken buster fact free presser or
    wither and bow down and make-up phony expert analysis to prove boner’s point. To satisfy the screaming hillbillies (cue) Faux follow by every other cable station.

  5. If only JE’s words “John Boehner melts down” were
    literally correct. The visual image of shoes and clothes
    floating in molten orange wax gives me great

  6. What is the precise amount of money required to prevent all rail accidents at all times under all circumstances? I think it’s eleventy billion dollars. If republicans don’t fork over the eleventy billion immediately then they hate women and puppies and have blood on their hands.

  7. No wonder he had a meltdown… it’s sad but true.

    If Amtrak had the money to put in PTC in the area where the crash happened, this sad story would of never happened. Instead, you have a group of people whose main focus is turning this country into an oligarchy that forces the poor and weak to become their version of Atlas: Having to hold up the rich and powerful on their golden thrones for all of eternity.

    Part of that is cutting money for Amtrak.

  8. Dumbass how much does a plane the f-35 cost that cant even do what it is suppose to do which is to fly
    How DOD’s $1.5 Trillion F-35 Broke the Air Force

    So let me this straight you have no problem spending over a trillion dollars on a plane which don’t fly, don’t employ a lot of Americans to build a plane don’t fly but you mock spending as you say eleventy billion dollars whatever elenenty means, sorry I wasn’t homeschooled.

    This right here is why we are now a third world country. Plain dumbfukery

  9. Was this latest crash preventable by a PTC system? How can you know when the cause of the crash isn’t known yet? Do you know how many PTC preventable rail accidents with loss of life have occurred in the last 30 years? Do you believe that even with an infinite amount of money all rail accidents can be prevented? Also, you seem to be well versed on my stance on the F-35 even though I don’t appear to have mentioned it in my statement. Weird. Did you forget what we were talking about dumbass?

  10. Isn’t Japan the country who we beat the shit out of and won the Pacific war?

    They’re leaving us in the dust…

  11. The answer is 2. So I guess we do know. That is, 2 which it is possible the PTC could have prevented. Also, a lot of this is moot anyway since the reasons why the PTC hasn’t been installed are more complex than simply “durr..funding”.

  12. China has high speed rail and is leaving us in the dust.
    Europe has high speed rail and is also leaving us in the dust.

    Reaganomics is really working isn’t it?
    We LOST the best nation status decades ago.

  13. The companies that were bailed out by Democrats- have invariably paid back their ‘loans’.

    When are we gonna get back the $$$ we lost by the Unnecessary War in Iraq?

  14. uh, no Andy. The last Amtrak bill wasn’t after a fatal crash. It was 5 months ago in the $1.1 trillion spending bill signed by President Barack Obama which included nearly $1.4 billion in funding for Amtrak.

  15. 25 Counties are beating us in the dust when it comes to infrastructure but cheer up we are still number 1 in killing people and putting people in jail

  16. And the idiots on here who constantly find some way to defend and lie for their MOST DISASTROUS BIGOTED GREEDY LYING SACK OF DUNG REPUBLICNA 114TH CONGRESS is just stunning! And will always try to turn it on DEMS! RWers would defend them if they KILL THEIR MOTHER or DOG. They are just fricken brainwashed idiots. AThey’ll justify it somehow someway. All the while NOT THINKING HOW THAT WILL IMPACT THEM AS AMERICANS! The RW BOTTS WILL JUSTIFY GOP at every insane turn. They do nothing for your state. RED STATES ARE WELFARE STATES. But they lie about that too. These poor unfed uneducated people will die for their GOP! Next is your BRIDGES..more will DIE because of NO ACTION GOP. They have done nothing in 8 years but LIE GUNS ABORTIONS! THAT IS IT! Worhtless party.

  17. No one is answering the question: Why was the Train Speeding?

    The engineer involved, mentions that he tried to slow it. But not mentioned is why he let it go so fast in the first place.

    “Even without the system,(PTC) rail safety experts said Amtrak locomotives have multiple systems to alert train operators to excess speed, with warning lights and sound alarms. Mr. Sumwalt said he did not know yet whether those systems had worked.”
    Even Amtrak Trains have a “black box” which is supposed to record conditions- which is why they’re able to determine the train’s speed (106 mph).

    But no word if this is a one-off, or a common condition, speed wise.

    I put out the notion that the Engineer was speeding to make up for time lost at previous stops.

  18. I don’t know. The only trains I have ridden were in Europe where I knew they take infrastructure seriously. All I know these are the same tracks that derail oil trains all the time so maybe it was just a matter of time before something happens.

    This will be forgotten and then a bridge will collapse and we will be talking about the same thing again which is sad. If you cant take pride and build up your own country then we cease to be a country and say fuk it lets just have fiefdoms and everyman for himself

  19. It was funny to hear one of the odious dumb
    women of FOX saying how awful it was that it seemed like someone was trying to play politics with a tragedy –
    She was absolutely right – Beghazi has been
    a political football for about 3 years right now, and the rethugs cut the funding for security there too!

  20. ” And it’s hard for me to imagine that people take the bait on some of the nonsense that gets spewed around here.”

    Like Benghazi? The IRS “scandal”? The US Armed Forces preparing to “invade” Texas and impose Martial Law? You mean THAT type of nonsense, Boehnhead? Or is it just the “perceived nonsense” coming from your opponents?

  21. If you cant take pride and build up your own country then we cease to be a country and say fuk it lets just have fiefdoms and everyman for himself

    Which is exactly what the Republican/Libertarians seem to want- Feudalism.

  22. What about the $$$ wasted on the GOPT government shutdown??? Was that a fiscally responsible move?

  23. Guess the troll on this post thinks all the money wasted on the “faux scandals” was okay.

    Don’t feed the trolls. This one must be off her meds.

  24. It isn’t just the electronic safety devices that the GOP threatens and cuts, but the money needed to reroute tracks and eliminate curves for the fast trains. That is going nowhere. I live a few miles from the I-5 Bridge across the Columbia River and one span of the bridge is nearly a century old, the other not much younger and the rail bridge downriver the same. The infrastructure back east is even older yet not being replaced. The GOP policies just killed 8 people, kill many more in unnecessary wars and by denying health care coverage. Boehner is an assclown liar.

  25. Here’s where our tax $$$ went to

    US Wars in Afghanistan, Iraq to Cost $6 trillion
    How the US sent $12bn in cash to Iraq. And watched it vanish

    Cheney’s Halliburton Made $39.5 Billion on Iraq War
    How much did the financial crisis cost us? $12.8 trillion, one group says
    Medicare Part D will add $852 billion to the debt over the next 10 years
    Tax Cuts, War Costs Do Lasting Harm to Budget Outlook

  26. Never saw the name of the reporter who asked the question. Perhaps he’s embarrassed, as it is one of the dumbest questions asked by a reporter in… well days anyway.

    The train crashed because the engineer was driving it at 106 mph in a 50 mph zone. End of story. Move on.

  27. Too bad these republicans can’t be sued! They should beheld responsible every time a person loses their life or suffers other physical injury because of their negligence.

  28. “John Boehner cut off and yelled at a reporter today who asked if Republican budget cuts are to blame for deadly Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia.”

    As my dear granny would say; “a hit dog will holla.”

  29. So, by Republican logic, we’re wasting millions of dollars painting lane stripes and putting up speed limit signs on freeways because people should just not crash. Pretty soon they’ll be decrying the requirement for brakes because tyranny against responsible car owners!!!1!

  30. And then there’s the excuse for the crash that came from government affairs director Sandy Rios of the American Family Association. I have no idea where she got the inclination that the engineer was gay or “may have been” gay or could have been dealing with that issue because of who he is. In Ms. Rios’ opinion, homosexuality was the cause of the derailment because the engineer was overly emotional at the time of the crash.
    Well, we’ve been blamed for the rash of tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, and forest fires by the likes of the haters at the American Family Association. Why not train wrecks?
    More Republican interference in the lives of the American people. We’re so busy fighting the right wing that we can’t begin to set things straight. Bernie Sanders, like FDR, is planning on setting the Oligarchy straight and putting this country back together. He also hates the Republicans and what they’ve done here. They’re traitors and need to be hanged in public.

  31. Had you actually read the story, you’d know that the story is by no means at an end.

    No doubt we’re ever so impressed with dingbats suffering from a Napoleon complex who wander in and throw orders around.

    You may move along if you like. The rest of us are interested.

  32. Ya Thank?!?!? 1) Amtrak Disaster: Lawmakers Moved To Delay Rail Safety Rule Weeks Before Philadelphia Derailment
    2) Currently Available Technology May Have Prevented Fatal Amtrak Crash. But Congress Never Funded It.
    The Safety Feature That Can Slow Down a Speeding Train—Which the Derailed Amtrak Didn’t Have via @slate
    Derailed Amtrak train lacked latest U.S. safety controls
    “In 2008, Congress ordered the installation of what are known as positive train control systems, which can detect an out-of-control, speeding train and automatically slow it down. But because lawmakers fail…

  33. Never mind John Boehner’s claim that it’s “stupid” to ask if the crash was in part a funding issue, because, as he put it, “Adequate funds were there, no money’s been cut from rail safety.” Sen. Chuck Schumer had the right response to that nonsense:

    “Speaker Boehner’s comments are patently false,” Schumer said in a statement. “Experts have made clear that Positive Train Control [PTC] could have prevented the tragedy in Philadelphia.” […]
    “It is simply a fact that insufficient funding for Amtrak has delayed the installation of PTC, and to deny a connection between the accident and underfunding Amtrak is to deny reality,” Schumer added.

  34. I didn’t see it mentioned in the article, but Fox gave the real reason for the crash. Yes, Fox News. They had a GOP idiot on there claiming that it needs to be privatized,just like the post office, they will cut so much out of safety that privatizing it will look good to stupid voters, but not intelligent ones who see what they are up to with trying to privatize Amtrack and the USPS. Democrats need to get out in front and say ” look at how privatizing the prisons and schools is working out”. After writing this, I see an article on down the link that covers what the dolt said on Fox. Sorry.

  35. Isn’t it funny how Republicans like Boehner think they can get all huffy and make their statement, call it a stupid question and then walk away and nobody ever questions their intelligence or authority. Just accept what I say without question. That is normal for any of these self-important individuals.

  36. This writer (Jason Easley) needs to learn what the hell a “Melt down” really entails. WTF are you stupid in the head claiming he had a meltdown. The damn man got annoyed
    [You submitted the same damned copypasta in the last twenty-four hours]

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