Abolish The FAA!: Take Cues From “Right-Wing Radicals” In CanadaSubmitted by Jao171 on Fri, 04/26/2013 - 10:43
Politicians and bureaucrats use of the sequester budget cuts as an excuse to gain a political edge over their opponents has not surprised this liberty lover. This practice has been particularly obvious with the handling of the cuts and furloughs at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
An Op-ed published in today’s Wall Street Journal, detailed some ways the bosses at the FAA are trying to make customers feel pain from sequester induced budget cuts.
FAA regional employees wrote to blow the whistle on their bosses. As one email put it, “the FAA management has stated in meetings that they need to make the furloughs as hard as possible for the public so that they understand how serious it is.”
Strategies include encouraging union workers to take the same furlough day to increase congestion. “I am disgusted with everything that I see since the sequester took place,” another FAA employee wrote. “Whether in HQ or at the field level it is clear that our management has no intention of managing anything. The only effort that I see is geared towards generating fear and demonstrating failure.”
The big wigs at the FAA and in the Obama Administration are providing the perfect opportunity for libertarians to present the argument for privatization of air traffic control (ATC). The government struggles to run the post office and it should not be a surprise that the FAA has struggled mightily implementing necessary upgrades in the technology intensive field of ATC.