I received an email this morning offering bonus points and a 10% discount on train travel when you join the National Association of Railroad Passengers.
Now, the National Association of Railroad Passengers is an advocacy organization founded to lobby for train subsidies.
And Amtrak is owned by the federal government.
Whatever you think of government funding for train travel in the United States, is it problematic that a government corporation will give people discounts if they pay to join an organization that will lobby the government for more subsidies?
Put another way, Americans who pay to support more subsidies get charged less to travel on subsidized trains than those who oppose the subsidies. Two classes of citizens, based on political beliefs, when riding the train?
What do you think?