Politicizing Tragedy

Rescue workers climb into the wreckage of a crashed Amtrak train in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania May 12, 2015. The Amtrak passenger train with more than 200 passengers on board derailed in north Philadelphia on Tuesday night, killing at least five people and injuring more than 50 others, several of them critically, authorities said. Authorities said they had no idea what caused the train wreck, which left some demolished rail cars strewn upside down and on their sides in the city's Port Richmond neighborhood along the Delaware River.  REUTERS/Bryan Woolston      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY


Armed with flashlights, firefighters went from car to car early Wednesday morning, looking for passengers inside an Amtrak train that derailed and tipped over in Philadelphia — killing at least five.

Another 136 were taken to various hospitals, including six in critical condition, authorities said.

“It is an absolute, disastrous mess,” Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter of the crash site. “I’ve never seen anything like this in my life.”

The Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 was traveling from Washington to New York when it derailed in the Port Richmond neighborhood of Philadelphia about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. The impact tore cars apart and left the engine a mangled mess.

The northeast corridor, which spans from Washington to Boston, is the busiest passenger line in the country, and the train was carrying 238 passengers and 5 crew members.

The cause wasn’t immediately known.

“We do not know what happened here. We do not know why it happened,” Nutter said. There was no indication the derailment was a result of an impact with another train, he said.

A train wreck. Cause unknown. Armed with only these bits of information, our intrepid media swung into action. A mere two hours after the crash Politico had this story up:

Fatal Amtrak crash in Philadelphia comes on eve of budget-cutting markup

An Amtrak train from D.C. to New York City derailed Tuesday night in Philadelphia, killing at least five people and injuring dozens — on the eve of a House markup of a bill that would slash the passenger rail service’s budget.


The Philadelphia Inquirer said initial reports indicated that the train derailed as it was entering the curve, while social media reports suggested the Amtrak train may have hit a freight train.

The accident comes on the eve of a House Appropriations markup for a fiscal 2016 bill that funds, among other things, Amtrak. The version approved earlier by an appropriations subcommittee contains language that would slash Amtrak’s funding to $1.13 billion, less than the roughly $1.4 billion it typically receives annually.

Democrats had already been expected to take a run at boosting the bill’s funding for Amtrak, but the debate at Wednesday’s markup is sure to take on more urgency in light of the crash, pictures of which posted to Twitter show mangled train car debris strewn across a darkened field. It may also stoke the debate over delays in implementing an anti-collision technology known as Positive Train Control.

This year has seen a flurry of major passenger rail accidents, including a rush-hour collision between a commuter train and an SUV that killed six people in Valhalla, N.Y., a deadly train-truck crash in Oxnard, Calif., and an Amtrak crash with a tractor-trailer in North Carolina that injured dozens of people. Railroad fatalities have also been on an upswing: Last year’s preliminary total of 813 deaths was 20 percent higher than just three years ago, partly reversing a sharp decline since the early 1990s, according to FRA statistics.

Twitter ghouls were even faster:

I like trains. Once upon a time they dominated transportation in our country. But we need to get government out of the railroad business.

Cut Amtrak loose and let it fend for itself. If it goes out of business then that’s just the way it is. We’ll still have cargo trains for many years to come, but we shouldn’t be subsidizing forms of transportation that are not economically viable.

While we’re at it we can kill Jerry Brown’s high-speed rail boondoggle too.

But before we start politicizing tragedies we need to find out what happened first.


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133 Responses to Politicizing Tragedy

  1. votermom says:

    It’s all that’s on the news here this morning.
    Haven’t heard any politicizing on local news yet, thankfully.

    • Lulu says:

      Thanks for the heads up. I’ll keep the tv turned off unless I need a weather report. Train wrecks are like 2-3 vehicle car or truck wrecks where I live. It is just bigger numbers of people moving around from city to city. I’m sorry people were hurt and killed but anything involving humans is going to fowl up periodically and living in a large city does not make you special or require 24/7 news.

  2. HELENK3 says:

    i wish people would wait to find out the cause before spewing nonsense. The NE corridor between DC and Boston carries over 11 million people a year. the derailment could be caused by switch problem. broken rail, even broken wheel.. tin foil hat theory, vandals sabotaged the rail or switch. That has happened in the past.
    Prayers for the families of the deceased and for the recovery of those hurt in the accident.
    I have ridden the trains on the NE corridor almost every day for years and they are very safe.
    It may take some time but the cause will be found and steps will be taken to make sure it will not happen again.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Helen {{hugs}} I thought of you right away. I’m numb. I also thought sabotage with hopes we’ll know for sure soon. Waiting for an “official” press conference by the NTSB or someone more credible than a talking head or politician. It’s only been daylight for a couple of hours. That’s the most profitable route in the whole system, I doubt they let the tracks get into disrepair. I hope the engineer survived.

      • HELENK3 says:

        there are track gangs somewhere on the NE corridor every day. they check the rail and the switches to make sure they are in working condition.
        It was reported on tv that the engineer and the conductor survived the derailment.

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      I thought of you also and that you might know some of the Amtrak workers.

      My news feed has been going steady since last night . There were most likely many residents of this area on the train and sympathies to their families and friends.

      Helen made some excellent points. This is one of the few areas of the country where trains are considered a standard option for commuting and for short trips up the 95 corridor (Philly, NYC, Boston…) for both work and pleasure. Many people take the train rather than flying because it is much more comfortable and relaxing. The number of passengers daily is very high and the number of accidents is generally low.

      They should let them work the scene and determine the cause and if it is something that can be fixed – do so.

    • foxyladi14 says:

      Exactly Helen. 😦

    • leslie says:

      Helen, I had just finished streaming something on tv last night and turned to Fox news. They had just begun reporting on this accident. I, just like so many others thought of you immediately and hoped the RR people you knew were safe. I just arrived home from work and doctor visits and wanted you to know I’d been thinking of you all day..

  3. DeniseVB says:

    You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do (or say) things you think you could not do before. ~ Rahm Emanuel, former Obama Capo

    • Constance says:

      The Dems really have this use of disasters for their own publicity down, it’s like breathing to them. The Republicans can’t seem to grasp the concept.

      I’m sorry to all the people and families who were hurt by this accident. My second thought was, on the eve of consideration of a big transportation bill Progressives must have sabotaged the track to drive home their more subsidies narrative.

  4. Dora says:

    “I like trains. Once upon a time they dominated transportation in our country. But we need to get government out of the railroad business”.

    I absolutely agree!

  5. HELENK3 says:

    the location of the derailment was very close to my old neighborhood. They was talking last night about how the neighbors came out and brought bottled water to the emergency workers and the passengers. That is what neighbors do, the pitch in to help. It was a shock to me when I moved to other places and these kind of things were not done.

    As far as federal funding, the US government spends less on public transportation than many other countries. Many of them a lot poorer the the USA.

    • 1539days says:

      Is that per capita? Because we also have more real estate per person than most countries.

      Also, we have private transportation. If I had to take a train or a bus, it would cost less, but I would certainly lose an extra hour per day waiting.

  6. HELENK3 says:


    a little bit of history on the formation and funding of Amtrak

    • DeniseVB says:

      Good article, thanks. I’m a member of NARP, so I get the newsletter on their lobbying efforts to keep the trains rolling. I usually support the Dems on all things Amtrak, but they’ve got to stop throwing good money after bad policies.

      Latest kerfluffle was it cost the taxpayers $16 to sell a $6 cheeseburger in the cafe car ? Who’s fault is that? Geesh, take bids from food services to provide the nom-noms, I want the train to concentrate on more important stuff, like getting there from here 🙂

      Of course, the interstate system killed the passenger train, thanks Eisenhower /sarc. I can still get to NYC from Norfolk 2 hours faster by driving, but the train is more sane. I love it.

      • elliesmom says:

        When I was a kid, I used to travel by train with my grandmother because she was too afraid to fly. We went everywhere. It’s a very pleasant way to travel. But it’s no longer cost effective. I’d happily take the train to NYC, but the plane ticket costs less, the airport has parking, and I get there in 1/4 the time. I do ride the commuter rail into Boston, but the only thing that makes it cost effective is the high cost of parking in the city. If where I’m going has a free or low cost lot, then driving in is a no-brainer.

        • DeniseVB says:

          Sometimes the hidden cost to those flight savings sorta make it even. Shuttle from JFK/LGA, cab to hotel from that drop off point …. and back again. I only started enjoying the train when I had the time and luxury of adding 2 days travel to my NYC trips 🙂

        • Myiq2xu says:

          When my dad died I priced flights to Oklahoma. Then I tried Amtrak. Train took longer, wasn’t any cheaper and would require switching to bus for part of the trip. Both air and train would require using rental cars, paying for parking, and/or depending on others for rides.

          So I drove. It cost about the same as air/train fair (including 2 motel overnights). Took just a little longer than the train, but we took our time. (Brought both my sons with me too.)

  7. HELENK3 says:


    this is something that happens a lot all over the country

    sometimes kids will tie a cinder block with a rope, stand on an overpass and throw it over when the train comes by. It swings down and hits the window of the engine.

    • Lulu says:

      We have some generally sick puppies in this society. It would not surprise me if one of them was messing with the tracks or engine. The story about the half wits sabotaging the subway in NYC is a recent example.

  8. Myiq2xu says:

    I dreamed I was being attacked by a mountain lion.

    It was just Taggart wanting his breakfast.

    • lyn says:


    • piper says:

      Something about missing treats? 🐱

    • 49erDweet says:

      I’m a little more sympathetic with Klown today because my honey’s discovered one of our dogs is actually a cat. Or thinks she is. Refused to leave the backyard this morning when called for breakfast. Found her batting around another live adult bird (sorry). Fourth in a month. Not a retriever, just wanted to play with it and keep it away from us. So today we are tying fluttering strips of cloth to our berry vines. Hoping she doesn’t start “meowing”.

    • foxyladi14 says:


  9. Myiq2xu says:
    • DandyTIger says:

      The opening scene in a new version Les Misérables. Careful big heartless government, this is the sort of shit that causes revolutions.

    • 49erDweet says:

      The Civil Forfeiture Law is sitting on the courthouse steps, crying to be overturned, but justice has turned out to be deaf, as well as blind.

    • lildoggy4u says:

      I read the comments of that article with some saying all the guy needed was a cashier’s check. A few years ago, my dad gave me cash like that amount to buy him a pickup truck. We knew cash would get a better deal. I went to the bank where he lived and had them give me a cashier’s check for the money. – got reported to the IRS. Then I went to my hometown bank and cashed the check – got reported to the IRS again. Bought the truck but soon after started receiving calls about the money from the gov’t. If I hadn’t already bought the pickup that money would have been seized. I had to prove the purchase to them but the big kicker was I was told that I’d need to claim it as income on my tax return. I didn’t and am awaiting my audit and eventual arrest probably.

  10. DeniseVB says:

    Caught the presser which was nothing more than confirming number of dead, not quite sure of the injured totals. Black box has been recovered and NTSB’s there. Said we know some stuff, and some stuff we don’t know about. Engineer is being interviewed and videos being reviewed at their Deleware facility.

    So why did the FBI rule out “terrorism” so quickly ? Drudge headlined a Gateway Pundit post on some old tinfoily concerns about this type train accident always being in the sights of the bad guys since 9-11. You’d think the FBI would wait for all the facts too.

    • HELENK3 says:

      since ridership is so high on the NE corridor, maybe they are trying to prevent panic. There are several better places to create a derailment that would tie up the whole NE corridor between DC and NYC and trains going east and west along with the north and south trains. Where this derailment is will not stop freight as there are alternate routes for them. other places would stop that movement along with passenger trains

  11. DeniseVB says:

    Greyhound has jumped in honoring Amtrak tickets and adding bus services to disrupted areas. That happened to me once when Hurricane Floyd washed out the tracks in Trenton. Got to DC faster than the train would have that day 🙂

  12. Myiq2xu says:

    An Amtrak train involved in a fatal crash here appears to have been traveling at more than 100 miles an hour as it entered a sharp curve where it derailed Tuesday night, killing at least seven people, according to two people with knowledge of the investigation.

    The speed limit in that section of track drops to 50 miles per hour, according to the Federal Railroad Administration.

    Investigators are focusing on the possibility that excessive speed was a factor in the derailment, one of these people said.


    • HELENK3 says:

      if the train was going that much over the speed limit, the conductor would have been on the radio to the engineer, saying ” Hey what the hell are you doing, slow down”. they would have both been taken out of service for rules violations. It would have been a loss of pay because they could not work, and maybe a loss of their jobs. Yes the conductor would have been taken out of service too. He is in charge of the train. the engineer is the designated driver.

      • Myiq2xu says:

        “Human error” is the primary cause of all accidents.

      • DeniseVB says:

        I don’t think I’ve ever ridden on a train that’s gone over 70-80 in the rural areas. And that feels fast ! How the heck can a “regular passenger train” come out of a station, still in an urban area, and hit 100+ ? Boggles my mind. There’s still so many questions…..I think the NTSB had that 5pm presser because the speed leaked out.

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    • Lulu says:

      I thought they already did that. The same that they turned the National Weather Service into a global warming scamfront and the Australians had to advise NOAA that we are into an El Nino because no one here has time to read REAL data. Payola has to come from somewhere when the easy money runs out. We are down to eating our seed corn.

      • DeniseVB says:

        There is so much federal money being pissed away on stupid stuff, and we can’t just blame “Republicans” for that. Obama’s been pretty good about making sure his pet projects, unions and bundlers have been rewarded these past few years. Sending billions in foreign aid to countries that hate us doesn’t help either.

        • Myiq2xu says:

          As I have said repeatedly in the past, there are a lot of nice things and good ideas that we just can’t afford, even if there was no waste, fraud and abuse involved (but there always is.)

  15. Myiq2xu says:

    John Nolte:

    American People Subsidize $60 of Every Amtrak Ticket Sold

    When you look at the figures, the math is not difficult:

    With a ridership of only 25 million people, that means for every person boarding a train, the American people are paying $60. I did a quick check on Amtrak’s Web site – to travel from New York City to Washington, D.C., will cost the traveler $69. Does it make sense that it costs the person traveling $69 and the American government $60?

    And now for the most galling factoid…

    Taxpayers Subsidize Passengers Who Can Afford to Make Amtrak Profitable

    The welfare queens riding in Amtrak luxury at the benefit of the American taxpayers are mostly not the poor. Nevertheless, you and I and future generations are subsidizing every ticket purchased by those who can afford to pay the fare required to make Amtrak profitable.

    Many of the same media elite already using Tuesday night’s tragedy to call for more government spending on Amtrak, also are guilty of welfare queening on Amtrak between their Emerald Cities of Washington DC and Manhattan.

    This is from a 1997 Cato Institute Study. There is nothing, though, that indicates anything’s changed much. In fact, with the labor force so diminished and Washington DC attracting more and more of the connected and wealthy, it would not surprise me to learn that even fewer of the poor benefit from Amtrak:

    Amtrak’s typical riders are not low-income Americans. The poor are less likely to travel by Amtrak than by most other travel options. Only 13 percent of Amtrak passengers have incomes below $20,000. The average Amtrak rider has a higher household income than the average taxpayer. In fact, the clientele for Amtrak Metroliner service between Washington and New York consists largely of Wall Street traders, K Street lobbyists and other affluent business travelers. These folks aren’t poor.

    • driguana says:

      This is a good article. Comments are interesting, too.

    • Lulu says:

      Who needs to travel back and forth from DC to NYC in comfort and style? Not your average schmo. A few certainly but mostly the elites with fed business and those are government or political or media hacks.

      • DeniseVB says:

        I always upgrade to Business Class as a treat. Not much more $$ and I get all the free soda and coffee I want 😛

        I wonder if the pols tickets are comp’d by Amtrak for their votes ?

  16. foxyladi14 says:

    Prayers for all. ❤

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  18. Myiq2xu says:

    It should be pointed out that a lot of the first responders who risked their safety to rush to that Amtrak wreck and help people were cops.

    • Lulu says:

      Or Uber drivers. Some of the non-injured just trampled people to get out of there. Elites are like that more than average. And yes the first responders were terrific as they usually are.

  19. Myiq2xu says:

    Good read:

  20. Lulu says:

    The train was going 107 mph! Holy crap! Holy lawsuits!

    • 49erDweet says:

      It’s the fault of those Republicans in Congress that force trains to cover twice as much ground because of budget cuts, ya’ know.

  21. Myiq2xu says:
    • DeniseVB says:

      Her brother Craig seems to have done well for himself without any of the pain and stings of racism. Did well on Wall Street (?) but wasn’t happy and went back into coaching. He has a lovely blonde wife I’m sure MO gets along with very well 😉

      • leslie says:

        I don’t know what he’s doing right now, but he lost that coaching job recently after several losing seasons. I wonder what MO said then…..

  22. Myiq2xu says:

    Apparently black Latinos are white nowadays.

  23. Myiq2xu says:
  24. Mt.Laurel says:

    O/T I used the phrase “Belling the Cat” in reference to something I am preparing for volunteer work with a cat rescue. No one under 50 seems to have a clue as to what this means. Am I just (get of my grass) old or are they simply no longer exposing people to the classics in school?

  25. 49erDweet says:

    OT Just so you all know, my grandsons are better looking than your grandsons. [img src=”https://scontent-lax.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xtp1/v/t1.0-9/11262132_10202815505427787_4952312039755410049_n.jpg?oh=c1f75ba08c692f69d06054c563f6edea&oe=55C859A1 “] And if this works you can see that for yourselves.

  26. Myiq2xu says:

    Kill me now. #SMOD2016

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  28. Myiq2xu says:

    I guess RD is working at Salon now.

  29. Myiq2xu says:

    Apparently there wasn’t any important news today.

    • DeniseVB says:

      ” -TW ” means Walker didn’t tweet that, an aide did. Bet the aide knows there are 50 states though. Sillizza should be aware of those, no?

    • DeniseVB says:

      I checked out Walker’s twitter feed, -TW corrected the tweet long before numbnuts Cillizza posted his snarky comment, but I noticed he screen grabbed the original which still stands uncorrected. Nice journOlister move. Also saw some tweets from Walker’s overseas trip, guess there is no other Walker news today, huh? 😉

  30. Myiq2xu says:

    Great read:

    The Left’s error was its usual one: to assume a moral superiority, to treat conservatism as a kind of mental disorder, to define the campaign as a test of voters’ “compassion”. As Ed Miliband kept putting it, “This election is about values”. Labour’s core vote lapped it up: plenty of Leftists define their ideology by whom they loathe. But others found it off-putting. In a column shortly before polling day, the actor Tom Conti explained why he had switched sides. “Labour, I realised, was built on hatred”.


    When Leftists attack the Tories, they’re not just having a go at 300 MPs, or 100,000 party members: they’re scorning everyone who has contemplated supporting the party. Here, to pluck an example at random, is Charlie Brooker: “The Conservative Party is an eternally irritating force for wrong that appeals exclusively to bigots, toffs, money-minded machine men, faded entertainers and selfish, grasping simpletons born with some essential part of their soul missing”. Never mind the pleasing irony of “faded entertainers”: how do you think this sort of thing goes down, not only with anyone who has ever voted Conservative, but with moderate people who, though they haven’t voted Tory themselves, have friends and family who have?

    When you adopt a bullying tone, you find that 1) voters don’t like it; 2) you solidify the other side’s core support; and 3) some people hide their voting intentions.

    • Myiq2xu says:

      Money shot:

      If you want an explanation of the 2015 election in a single sentence, it’s hard to improve on the words of that great Whig, and founder of modern conservatism, Edmund Burke:

      “Because half a dozen grasshoppers under a fern make the field ring with their importunate chink, whilst thousands of great cattle, reposed beneath the shadow the British oak, chew the cud and are silent, pray do not imagine that those who make the noise are the only inhabitants of the field.”

    • DandyTIger says:

      Good article. And good point about don’t assume Labour will stay that way.

  31. 1539days says:

    I think Amtrak sucks all going back to a story in my own family. Amtrak is the Post Office of transportation. Without the government, they would have to shrink to a tiny presence. At the same time, superior technology exists (a bus) that does not need to be confined to one path, does not block everyone one else when there’s a breakdown and mostly funds itself. Plus, no commuter trains means more freight trains.

    People who work on the trains are bad guys, but they’re in a largely obsolete industry.

    • leslie says:

      Taking a bus would add another hour to my already 3 hours /day commute. It would be next to impossible for people who live further away than I to get to work. The train that I take carries thousand of people every day. Some of those people would not be able to work where they do without commuter trains. For nearly a year, I took the CTA (Chicago Transit Auth.) to work without taking a train. Driving was so stressful that I was a mess before I ever got to my stressful job. It was even worse for my clients. And there were no jobs between my home and where I worked at that time. At least not in my field and nothing that I could afford to take.
      I’m sorry your family has had bad joss r/t Amtrak. I have stories of my own from college years. But without Amtrak, my sister could not have her job, and without Metra I’d have spent 4 hours commuting everyday and still have to put in 9-10 hours at my job – for the last 17 years.

      • DeniseVB says:

        I’m totally a rail fan too 🙂

      • 1539days says:

        My question would be, how much am *I* paying so you can commute? If I’m not subsidizing it, it’s not my business. If I am, shouldn’t the state or the commuters just put more into the cost?

        • lyn says:

          I agree with this.

        • leslie says:

          As far as I know, all the public transit systems here are subsidized. And so when the state and regions “just put more into the cost” it results in our state and real estate tax bills increasing. (Illinois has absurdly large tax bills and transit costs are included.) But if you don’t have good public transportation, you have more cars on the roads and more damage to the roads (I bet you thought I was going to say environment). But there is more danger here, at least, for damage to the air and lungs and whatever else due to auto emissions. Greater numbers of accident injuries and deaths also follow increased auto traffic. A city like Chicago would be unable to withstand the add’l car traffic.
          Older adults on fixed incomes have reduced fares – some have to pay nothing at all – it’s needs based. The disabled also have reduced and sometimes free RTA (regional transit) transportation benefits – also needs based. I’d much prefer to subsidize public transit if it’s good, than road repair because public transit serves everyone who wants to use it – not just the people who can afford to travel by car. (Of course, you will hear me complain about poorly maintained roads here because road work in Illinois is truly a scam supported by the state.)
          But, if you *are* subsidizing my commute, I thank you. I know I’m paying more every year so lots of others can travel through the city. It is probably one of the taxes I am least dissatisfied with.

          • lyn says:

            ^Good points!^

          • 49erDweet says:

            It’s true. But.
            Because of Illinois weather conditions you are spot on. However, the same conditions don’t exist in TX, MS, AZ, etc. In those states it is sometimes cheaper to build more good roads (or add lanes to existing) than to overly subsidize rapid transit. It should be a state issue, IMO. Once the feds get in it we have things like idiot governors in CA wanting to build high speed rail between and a county landfill and a cowtown. SMH

          • leslie says:

            All 3 of my kids lived in the Phoenix area for a while. The public transit was TERRIBLE . One of my kids doesn’t drive and used to wait for up to an hour for a city bus. The heat is a killer if you have to wait outside. So, yes there are places without the hazards of Chicago weather, but other problems remain. I think good public transportation is essential (for everyone). More good roads will still not help everyone.

    • 1539days says:

      Oh crap. I meant the people who work on trains are NOT bad guys.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Some of the commenters disagree, of course. I don’t think Bill and Hillary had a home base during their terms, like the Obamas. They should compare those vacations. I don’t recall the Clintons living high off our dimes in the 90’s.

      • leslie says:

        Nor W. IIRC, his staff often accompanied him to Crawford. And his family weren’t taking trips by themselves at my expense. Though I could be misremembering. And I was a huge critic of W. So it’s not due to fondness that I say this.

  32. Dora says:

    For you Taylor Swift fans – she wrote to a young girl from my home town. What a nice thing to do.

    Taylor Swift Writes Letter to Massapequa Girl Who Lost Her Mom

    Swift’s mother was recently diagnosed with cancer, which took the life of Kaileen Fox’s mother in January.


    • leslie says:

      Taylor Swift seems to be such a nice person. I am sincerely an admirer. When we talk at work about “stars” Beyoncé is always the one my younger colleagues admire (g-d knows why).
      They have yet been able to explain their thinking clearly enough for me to understand. Some of them even have young (2-3yo) daughters. I ask them who would they rather have their daughters be more like and they always respond Beyoncé. Well, if I had my druthers, I’d want my grand daughters (more beautiful than anyone else’s, btw) to be like Tay. And the older one loves Taylor Swift – who she sometimes calls “Taylor Smith”. 😉

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