Tuesday, August 2, 2011

FAA Shutdown

From the New York Times:
The partial F.A.A. shutdown, which began July 23 and is likely to continue at least through Labor Day, has also idled tens of thousands of construction workers on airport projects around the country. Dozens of airport inspectors have been asked by the F.A.A. to work without pay and to charge their government travel expenses to their personal credit cards to keep airports operating safely.
Air traffic controllers, who are paid with separate funds, will continue to work. Ray LaHood, the transportation secretary, said he firmly believed that passenger safety was not at risk. “No safety issues will be compromised,” he told reporters on a conference call. “Flying is safe. Air traffic controllers are guiding airplanes. Safety inspectors are on duty and are doing their job. No one needs to worry about safety.”
So as long as the airport safety inspectors are willing to work for free and pay their own expenses, our airports remain safe. The TSA security will still be on duty checking grandma's diapers though so I guess we have nothing to worry about.

What in the hell is going on that we are running our country like this?


  1. Nothing good is going on WD, nothing good.
    Everything is upside down and inside out!!!
    Funny thing is, most people are ok with it!!!
    I for one, am not!!!
    Thinking about grabbing all my guns, my Pug and hightailing it deep into the woods!!
    No BS, I'm seriously thinking about it!!


  2. For a Congress supposedly so whacked out about the deficit, the billion or so dollars lost from air travel taxes that the FAA cannot collect until it is restored (after Congress' month long vacation), it just defies all logic. If you disregard what they say and simply follow what they do, the deficit, jobs, the economy, none of those things matter. What matters is that the rich still won't have to pay any taxes, and the rest of us can go pound sand. ...on our own time, of course.

  3. the inmates have taken over the asylum.