Tuesday, August 2, 2011


Washington Post:

“A partisan stalemate that has partially shut down the Federal Aviation Administration will continue into September, stopping airport construction projects and depriving federal coffers of potentially more than $1 billion in uncollected ticket taxes.”

“4,000 FAA employees have been laid off and stop work orders issues for more than 200 construction projects. Air traffic controllers have remained on the job.”

“The FAA’s operating authority expired on July 23, as well as the authority of airlines to collect about $30 million a day in ticket taxes, meaning the government will be unable to collect an estimated $1.2 billion in taxes if the shutdown continues until lawmakers return to work next month.”

OK – we can do without subsidies for air pollution – jets burn more fuel than we can afford.  And rural routes are the biggest waste.  4,000 jobs surplus or wasteful off payroll saves real money in the federal budget.  BUT the loss of revenue to the government is what makes deficits grow… you’d think those Congressional idiots could keep that operating authority in force …

Issues seem to revolve around Democrats wanting to waste money for rural service that is not self-sufficient and environmentally dangerous … and Republicans wanting to stop Unions (by tacking on an unrelated piece of legislation which they don’t want to vote on openly)

Both sides of the isle seem to want to hurt America and the environment … but, at least, the debt brinksmanship is over (for now).

This issue is Harm to Targeted Groups … by harming the Federal Budget.  BLAH!

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