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It is time to get politics out of the Airports

April 26, 2013

Anonymous_Roadsign_AiplaneAt first I was annoyed when I found out South Dakota Senator Thune was charging a bill through the Senate in response to the FAA’s temper tantrum over the sequester cuts. It was the FAA’s choice to implement the cuts in the most painful (and public) manner possible. By doing this the FAA was hoping for a response. They got one.

But now the FAA will have to live with the results of the response. The actual bill passed by the Senate late last night allows the FAA to take $253 million in funds from non-operation-impacting places and use them to fill the gap left by the furlough. It is expected the bill will be quickly passed by the House today and signed by President Obama immediately. All of the politicians involved will give themselves a pat on the back for solving a problem that would impact millions of Americans.

Going back to the results… Huh? The FAA had a quarter of a billion dollars available for use in accounts that have nothing to do with their actual mission?! Without the sequestration this waste of taxpayer dollars would never have come to light. By allowing the FAA to transfer this money, Congress is highlighting the sequestration cuts are working (although probably not how they intended). Its going to be very hard for the FAA to throw temper tantrums in the future after their bluff was called this time.

The even bigger question though is this: “Why did the sequester cuts impact air traffic controller for the United States?”. The simple answer to this is: “Because our current air-traffic controller system is a bureaucratic government monopoly”. The airlines have little or no control over air traffic, even though it is their customers that are impacted. Air traffic is instead controlled by politicians that are making decisions based upon special interest groups; as opposed to the needs and safety of airline customers.

It is time for the country to look back at Al Gores initiative to privatize the airline industry (I’m no fan of Gore, but he was right on this issue). Despite what the air-traffic controller unions say, it DOES work to privatize their industry. Canada is decades ahead of the United States because their air traffic controllers have been privatized. Now its time for the United States to do the same.

For more information about why the air-traffic situation is so bad in the United States I would say the video below is worth the seven and a half minutes to watch.

Hopefully other federal agencies will throw large temper tantrums like the FAA has. Then maybe we can get more government waste under control.

  1. April 27, 2013 at 7:06 am

    Ugh I like your post, but I’m just annoyed that no one gets the bigger picture. EVERYTHING except basic institutions to defend individual rights – which the transportation industry is obviously not a part of – MUST be privatized. The conversation should be starting from that point, every time. And most discussions about it, regardless of your media source, consider that a fringe viewpoint. It’s not a damn lunatic fringe – it’s called liberty.

    • Ken Santema
      April 29, 2013 at 9:44 am

      I agree. And I am going to find a way to work your line into a conversation this week: “It’s not a damn lunatic fringe – it’s called liberty.” That sums it up perfectly.!

      • April 29, 2013 at 11:51 am

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