Travelling with Die Bahn, as it proudly calls itself, is always an adventure (but not of the sort you would look forward to, unless you are masochistic), but even more so around Christmas. I had my share of missed connections, trains failing on open track, surprisingly cancelled trains, evacuations into tiny provincial stations and whatnot, a long time ago. I am always wondering why I am still taking up with this punishment, which calls itself
service, again and again? Maybe I am masochistic.
Whatever annoyance happens, you are not alone. There are enough fellow travellers who are affected, too. I made the observation that railing against Mehdorn (CEO of Die Bahn) instantly finds the agreement of all victims of Die Bahn. This made me think: We have federal elections in Germany in September 2009. Currently, all parties are promising stimulus packages in order to prop up the economy, never mind that this will increase the budget deficit tremendously (and we will have to pay it back one way or another, believe me). As a responsible citizen, I want to prevent this. Therefore, I offer this advice free of charge, with the tacit understanding that the party who takes it and thus wins the election does not increase the budget deficit:
The party who wants to win the federal election in 2009 just needs one point in their party program, and needs to placard it prominently all over Germany:
WIR SCHMEISSEN MEHDORN RAUS!
(An additional 5% of the public vote if you
accidentally forget the M in schmeißen).