Calling Air Traffic Control…Calling Air Traffic Control…
Anybody home? Anybody asleep?
The news of a fifth air traffic controller asleep in the tower in the last month is pretty scary. It does make you nervous about flying – even though, out of 9 million flights, there was not one airplane crash in the U.S. last year.
But nobody seems to be connecting what’s happening in those towers – with what’s happening in Congress.
Why did the FAA cut back to only one controller on duty at nights? To save money! And what did they end up doing? Endangering lives!
But Congress is making the same mistake all over again.
In yesterday’s budget deal, they cut FEMA grants for local government first responders. Next time there’s a hurricane or tornado, some police and fire units won’t have the equipment to respond.
They also cut grants to state and local enforcement. Which means fewer cops available to fight crime or help in emergencies.
Haven’t they learned anything?
There are two sides to every budget cut. Politicians may brag about all the money they saved. But it’s the people who suffer the lack of help when they need it the most.
That’s my parting shot for today.