When is a hamburger not just a hamburger? When it costs Amtrak $16 to make. They sell it for $9.50, and taxpayers cover the difference — every time. Then it becomes a glaring symbol for spiraling costs, crippling deficits, and the inherent inefficiencies of big government. Thirty years ago, the idea of Amtrak losing money on food sales was as outrageous as it is today. Hungry customers on a moving train with nowhere else to go. How hard can it be?
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