Obama And The Lionel-Industrial Complex

Is Obama in thrall to the powerful Lionel-Industrial Complex or just skittish plane travelers? From Obama’s Transportation policy factsheet (.pdf)*:

As president, Barack Obama will continue to fight for Amtrak funding and reform so that individuals, families and businesses throughout the country have safe and reliable transportation options.

Meaning, we’re going to subsidize scaredy-cats who won’t board a plane? Can we at least call it the John Madden Transportation Act of 2009?

*And again, this is the stuff in the .pdfs — the stuff no one bothers to actually read . . .