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Sequester Jester: FAA to close 149 U.S. Airport Towers After Budget Cuts

By Alan Levin | Bloomberg | Mar 22, 2013

The U.S. will close 149 air-traffic control towers run by contractors at small- and mid-sized airports beginning on April 7 as a result of automatic budget cuts at government agencies.

The Federal Aviation Administration spared 24 towers on its original list of 173 subject to closing, it said in an e-mail today. All towers being shut down are run by private companies, not the government as at larger facilities. Another 16 private towers will face 5 percent cuts.

The shutdowns will be phased in over four weeks. About 750 to 1,100 controllers and supervisors may lose their jobs, said Spencer Dickerson, executive director of the Alexandria, Virginia-based Contract Tower Association.

“Unfortunately we are faced with a series of difficult choices that we have to make to reach the required cuts under sequestration,” Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in an e-mailed statement.

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Remove that sequester! Mr.... Tear down that barrier!

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Joe Biden runs up bill of $585,000 for just ONE NIGHT in five-st

ar Paris hotel and taxpayers will pick up the tab:


Dial 1-800-Whhaaaa and ask me

Dial 1-800-Whhaaaa and ask me if I care tomorrow.

Extortion once again.The

Extortion once again.

The sequesters cut of 2% or so is so small as to be meaningless if spread across the vast federal government. Yet they make these drastic cuts where ever they think they can get the people to agree to pay more. 2.3% or whatever the sequester cuts are could be made without anyone even noticing they happened.

It's yet another behavior that points out the true nature of the government.

Cutting only increases.


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Oh no...

All this money is going to go back into the private sector, and all these skilled workers will be available to work jobs that actually provide a meaningful service to the economy. My only consolation is that we'll pay them a year of unemployment to ease that transition. I feel so terrible about advocating budget cuts...

Why couldn't we start with the mostrosity of Obamacare...

Or the TSA....Oh I get it, we cut the private sector first.....

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
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Can't we start by cutting the

Can't we start by cutting the position of Mayor in new york city? Not like the guy does anything usefull..

Not Only Does He Do Nothing Useful

Bloomberg actually causes substantial harm by incompetently executing his duties. This is the main reason why government spending actually causes economic contraction. Government spending is anti-stimulative, because it takes otherwise productive citizens, and pays them (using stolen money) to do jobs that impede legitimate economic activity (such as outlawing soft-drinks).

Every single dollar spent by government to hire agents of economic harm (aka, "civil servants"), causes GDP to contract by two dollars. The only way out of this mess is to fire a significant fraction of all government employees. Only then can the private sector begin growing again.


They get rid of the more efficient, privately run towers, and announce no cuts to the bloated government facilities. This will no-doubt make things worse. Blithering idiots. I guess the economy will continue shrinking until there is nothing left to cut except wasteful gubernment bureaucrats.