The salaries this taxpayer-funded corporation is handing out have working-class Americans up in arms

Oct 18, 2023

Over the years, the ruling class elites have slowly but surely forced working-class Americans to fork over a bigger and bigger cut of their hard-earned income.

But while they use that money to fund their special interests and serve as the world’s police, they tell Americans there’s simply not enough to keep America from crumbling under their feet.

And now the salaries this taxpayer-funded corporation is handing out have working-class Americans up in arms.

Prepare yourself for white-hot rage

Each year, the federal government takes in more than $4 trillion dollars in taxes, and roughly $1.7 trillion of that total is contributed by individual taxpayers.

Nevertheless, in 2022, the federal government spent more than $6.2 trillion, helping drive the national debt to the more than $33.4 trillion it is today while skyrocketing inflation and disintegrating working-class Americans’ monthly budgets in the process.

Of course, much of the ruling class elites’ spending these days doesn’t go to actually improving the lives of the American people but rather to the elites’ woke special interests, the U.S. military’s efforts to police the world, and foreign aid.

But it’s also no secret that a good chunk of tax dollars inevitably find their way into the pockets of the ruling class elites and their lackeys in the federal government.

And apparently, that luxury also extends to corporations that are wholly government-controlled and taxpayer-funded, like Amtrak.

According to documents obtained by Open The Books through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, Amtrak, which has failed to turn a profit at any point since it was founded in 1971 and relies on tax dollars to cover its losses, paid its 19,000 employees an average salary of around $121,000 per year in 2022.

Open The Books noted in its report on Amtrak that the exact figure cannot be known, as Amtrak has repeatedly blocked efforts to release the information in the name of “employee privacy.”

“At Amtrak, we discovered that you just can’t follow the money,” Open the Books CEO Adam Andrzejewski explained.

“They denied our request for the rank and file workers at Amtrak, saying that it’s an invasion of their personal privacy to disclose just how much they make to all of us and taxpayers.”

“Amtrak is a federally chartered Corporation,” he added. “They’re heavily subsidized by the United States taxpayer.”

Working-class Americans continue to be used and abused

The nonprofit organization found that Amtrak paid its employees $2.3 billion in total cash compensation last year, which would put the railroad company’s employees amongst the highest-paid federal employees if they weren’t considered private employees despite being paid plenty of taxpayer dollars.

“Those 19,000 rank-and-file employees pulled cash compensation of $2.3 billion last year,” Andrzejewski explained.

“This morning, I did the math. The average employee is highly compensated at Amtrak. They make an average of $121,000 a year, and that puts Amtrak at the top of the Top Paid list of federal agencies.”

The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure has noted that “without significant taxpayer support, Amtrak could not operate” and that the roughly $1 billion the company projects to lose each year are “largely covered by the taxpayers.”

Andrzejewski argued that for any private corporation that isn’t majority-owned by the federal government, “accountability would come in the form of an ‘Out of Business’ sign.”

He added that Amtrak’s status as a “federally chartered corporation” should, at a minimum, entitle American taxpayers to scrutinize how their tax dollars are being spent by the company.

“In the pseudo governmental realm, taxpayers should at minimum be allowed to scrutinize the pay and performance of the 19,000 employees that keep Amtrak barely chugging along,” Andrzejewski contended.

“Instead, the feds choose to use a technicality in the law to shield Amtrak from proper accountability, a practice that’s all too common in the Beltway.”

To make matters worse, Open The Books also exposed Amtrak’s utter incompetence, pointing out that the taxpayer-funded corporation is losing $566 per passenger on its route from Los Angeles to New Orleans, $288 per passenger on its route from Chicago to LA, and $2 per mile on its 393-mile route from Boston to Washington, D.C.

Amtrak has attempted to respond to criticism over its efforts to shield American taxpayers from knowing how their money is being spent by the failing government-controlled company by releasing financial statements on its payments to its top-10 executives.

Needless to say, it didn’t help matters in the slightest.

The railroad company’s own payroll data showed that the top-10 executives of a company that hasn’t turned a profit in its more than 50-year history and loses roughly $1 billion per year ranged from $504,000 per year all the way up to $780,000 per year.

The fact that working-class Americans are being forced to subsidize utter incompetence and the lavish lifestyles of Amtrak employees is a total joke.

And every American with a functioning brain knows it.

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