DFF Item #23

23. Dear Mr. Railroad President,

Based on extensive research by our team of uncontrollably sagacious reporters it has come to light that the Lackawanna Terminal Railway missed an invitation extended by the Department of Defense to the Lackawanna Terminal Railway, offering the status of "Civilian Defense Emergency Transportation and Cargo Movement System". Under the Federal Transportation Commission's 1999 expansion initiative (H.R. 2317, sec 15.4, subpara 2b.). The offer was extended last  year to any railroad operation that maintained over 50 miles of right-of-way, and owned, leased, or otherwise operated over 120 Pullman Standard covered hoppers. We are now sure that the Lackawanna Terminal Railway  was on the list but due to your failure to respond to this most gracious invitation by the Department of Defense those moneys that would have otherwise gone to insure the vital and righteous defense of our proud nation have been squandered on outrageous subsidies for foreign investment under the Nafta Treaty.

What have you, Mr. Railroad President, to say about this most unresponsive, egregious, and grossly anti-American behavior on the part your railroad management team.

John Montenigro
Inquiring Reporter
Special Interest Press, LLC

Dear Mr. Montenigro, 

The Lackawanna Terminal Railway did, in fact, receive that special invitation from the Department of Defense under the Federal Transportation Commission's 1999 expansion initiative (H.R. 2317, sec 15.4, subpara 2b.) but declined the offer due to the fact that the more than 120 (actually 179) Pullman Standard hoppers mentioned are being subleased through our subsidiary corporation Fero-Mex of Satillo, Mexico, under contract with the Lackawanna Terminal Industries Ltd. freight car leasing subsidiary, Les Ateliers Internationaux de Machinerie D'Exportation or L.A.I.M.E., to chicken ranchers throughout Central and South America as portable poultry residential units with integrated poultry feed storage containers and automated poultry feeder assemblies.
 
This contract will be in effect for five years. When the lease is fulfilled the more than 120 (actually 179) Pullman Standard hoppers will be refurbished with new paint and carpeting by the good people at Fero-Mex and contracted to the Satillo, Mexico Housing Development Authority as low cost residential abodes subleased to employees of the rapidly expanding Fero-Mex corporation, a rebuilder of freight car equipment for the Lackawanna Terminal Railway. The refurbishment of the low cost residential adobes will be paid for by a grant from the United States Government's National Partnership to Squander Taxpayer's Money Program. 

While the Lackawanna Terminal Railway is ever willing to cooperate with the United States Government in national security matters the fact that the 120 (actually 179) covered hoppers required under the Federal Transportation Commission's 1999 expansion initiative (H.R. 2317, sec 15.4, subpara 2b.) would be unavailable for immediate government pilferage persuaded the Lackawanna Terminal Railway's Management Team not to participate in the Federal Transportation Commission's 1999 expansion initiative. More to the point, the Federal Government could not come up with the appropriations needed to retain our lawyers much less commit our entire railway system to another Federally sponsored boondoggle. Additionally, the subsidies offered by the Federal Government under the Federal Transportation Commission's 1999 expansion initiative (H.R. 2317, sec 15.4, subpara 2b) were actually substantially less then the subsidies for foreign investment, offered under the NAFTA agreement which took affect on January 1, 1994, ergo the contract with the poultry farmers and, ultimately, the Satillo, Mexico Housing Authority. 

We hope this addresses all you concerns related to the status of "Civilian Defense Emergency Transportation and Cargo Movement System" as regards the Lackawanna Terminal Railway and we thank you for your interest, special though it might be. 

Sincerely, 
The Lackawanna Terminal Railway Management Team

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