Take a look at this email writers at Boarding Area received this morning:

Support Amtrak Subsidies, Get a Discount on Rail Fare!
Pretty clear, right? Become a member of the National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) and get a discount on Amtrak fare. But wait a minute: Amtrak is owned by the feds and NARP is an “advocacy group” that lobbies for train subsidies.

Translation: the government-owned entity will offer discounts to customers who support NARP (a group that secures them subsidies), but will charge full price for customers who don’t join and may be opposed to more subsidies for an organization they’re already paying for.

Support Amtrak Subsidies, Get a Discount on Rail Fare!Amtrak is owned by the feds & NARP secures it subsidies (click to enlarge)

Somehow this doesn’t seem entirely ethical.