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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Don't Fly...

August 4th, 2011

That's my advice as long as the FAA shutdown continues. Saadly, not a very realistic recommendation for millions of Americans. I guess I'' just wish our fellow citizens good luck and hope for the best.

Kirsten Boyd Johnson writes about the underlying cause of the GOP driven refusal to fund one of America's most crucial agencies:

"Predictably, the partisan bickering centers partially around a $14 million subsidy for rural airports that is effectively rendered ridiculous by the $30 million loss in airline ticket taxes sustained each day of the shutdown. The other part is a fight over, what else, unions.

4,000 employees are also being furloughed, and Transportation secretary Roy LaHood had to shift gears from pleading with leaders to now just saying, "nobody panic, America’s actual professionals will not simply go home and watch the sky for little airborne fireballs to laugh at, like Congress."

Oh well. It is good to know there are a great many FAA employees who will continue to keep us safe in spite of the fact that the Republicans are ensuring that they can't feed their families.

1 comment:

  1. Of course, the President referenced this as a "Washington problem" rather than what it really is, a "Republican problem." He is beyond disgusting.