Legislation likely to be enacted in California, the Fair Pay to Play Act, is making big noise, threatening to pit our largest state against arguably the country’s biggest sports power: the National Collegiate Athletic Association, or NCAA.
While the daily drumbeat of negative news—particularly that which is related to President Trump’s counter-productive and futile trade war with China—is worth paying attention to, it is somewhat of a sideshow.
The People’s Republic of China is at the center of multiple controversies, though it is not solely responsible for them. However, its growing authoritarianism and aggressiveness are contributing greatly to regional tensions.
Rather than give it billions of dollars to restore or build infrastructure that it can’t afford to maintain, Congress should simply agree to pay Amtrak a given amount for every passenger mile it carries. This will give Amtrak an incentive to focus on passengers, not politics.