If the geniuses at all levels of the government would focus on the real problem FRAUD, WASTE and ABUSE, none of these draconian measures would be necessary. This would win the next election for the candidate with the stones to talk about it!
The [Obama] Administration is going to make sequestration as painful to the American people as they can, hoping to then blame it all on their political opponents. AOPA has suggested other things that FAA could cut, but the administration is going ahead with ATC towers. (The same is true in Defense. The Pentagon has identified things they want to cut, even before sequestration, but they are being forced to cut things that will hurt instead.) Closing ATC towers is not as much a result of the budget as it is a result of politics.
How repugnant that sequester reductions were against "towers" instead of the indolent who leech off state and federal welfare benefits. On the other hand.....towers don't vote.
OK politics aside.
Help me understand. Here is the way I see this situation. The FAA is notified of a reduction in the INCREASES in their budget for the remainder of this year and the next nine. The FAA solution is to close contract towers which cost less to operate than government run towers and to close them NOW. Still, the cuts are to cuts to INCREASES in future spending, not cuts to the current budget. These towers are already there and already staffed, and I assume already budgeted. Is the FAA currently operating on "IF COME" or is this really about politics?
I hate to see our tower closed, but if this is what it takes to get rid of the worst arrogant, self serving, power hungry airport mnager this airport has had in it's 80 year history, then so be it.
Not political? All the cuts being made are political. There was actually an inner administration email intercepted that instructed, "Make the cuts public and painful." They have not cut the White House calligrapher, Bo's handler or private plane trips, multi-million vacations, or millions to the Muslim Brotherhood. Not political??? Cut the Lakeland tower the day before Sun-in-Fun? Not political?? I'll save my usual comments for political sites, but we all see right through this dog and pony show!
TWR's closures across the board...Senators and Congressmen's salaries : untouched.
They sure know how to take care of themselves.
Of course the Obama administration is to blame..this is all political to inflect hardship on the public and then blame it on the Republicans. Obama can give the Muslim Brotherhood $250m and the Palestinians millions but can't keep the towers open. Those two giveaways could have kept the towers open. Granted there may be some towers that need to be closed but there are a lot on the list that should stay open.
This is not intended as a political statement or a comment directed toward any particular party…For they are all morons!!!
So they are going to close 149 Control Towers – almost simultaneously. Can you imagine the amount of work required to modify Sectionals, Instrument approaches, departure and approach procedures, airport directories, etc. The cost has to be massive – and it is going to be implemented without being fully verified and tested. There is no way that big of change can be tested and verified in such a short period of time. Nobody in Washington seems to have a clue how big a change this is going to be. The idiot politicians think they are just going to turn off the radios and lights and lock the door – and that is it. Is there nobody in Washington with any common-sense??? No need to answer this question…We all know the answer.
It's a sad day for Americans when our own politicians cause their very constituents to become unsafe by virtue of their ineffectiveness to govern. I only hope and pray that it doesn't take a major accident caused by these closures, to get people (namely Obama) to finely become serious about these issues and drop his agenda! Most if not all of those towers were there because of potential safety risks! Thanks a lot Obama!
Excuse my European ignorance, but does the tower closure mean that the whole airport/facility linked to the tower will be closed for good ? Or the airports affected will instead be downgraded to the rang of a non controlled facilities ?
Well isn't this fun. Make the cuts and Make them Hurt. I guess that we will see just how many people get hurt from these CUTS. If you all voted for this bunch, I hope you enjoy your Phone!
Sorry, but not even hardcore conservatives can explain why we're giving millions in tax breaks to billionaires and multi-national corporations, but closing our own towers to save money. It makes absolutely no sense.
See the rhetoric goes both ways. The system is 100%, totally broken and it's not ever going to get fixed because of the money and corruption at all levels. All we can do is just sit here and bicker back and forth and blame one another. No one is really going to do a damn thing so just go back to your TV show and have a beer. Move along, there's nothing more to see here.
America has already passed away. We're just in the stages of the grieving process.
Some of us our in denial. Some of us, like me, are angry. Soon comes acceptance.
I'm delighted that I will graduate with a four-year degree in aviation management in just five short weeks. I think that likelihood of finding employment in that field just dropped to zero. Me vs. an experienced controller? Not gonna happen.
These cuts, intended to be "Public and Painful," are political gamesmanship specifically designed to intimidate the public.
Recall when your local school wanted extra funding. The Threat: "We've searched high and low for places to scimp. Looks like must eliminate the crossing guards" Or the music program, the football team, or whatever issue the school thinks is most sensitive.
The oil embargo, 1967? "Can't find any other way to save fuel. We'll have to turn off the Holiday Lighting this Christmas."
How can the White House trim its budget? Obvious: furlough the docents who provide wonderful tours for the youngsters!
The Air Force needs to cut expenses. How? Decline to ferry Members of Congress all over the world, for free, in their extensive fleet of luxurious airliners acquired and maintained for this purpose.
Its all a budget game: dismal, pathetic, and irresponsible. Their budgets have increased perhaps 15% in the past two years -- but they will make us suffer.
These frauds and manipulations are ingrained in the system. Those you vote out will be replaced by others even more shallow and narcisistic.
We get the government we deserve.
Robert Brooks said it best.
Most people don't even understand that this is a decrease in the planned increase in spending.
They aren't cutting anything. They are going to borrow money from China and waste it away on Obama phones or some such crap and spend even more money doing than last year and call it a CUT?
Only in Washington D.C.
Thes vast majority of these incompetent dishonest nit wits need to go!
The sad day for America was electing this idiot not once but twice. I hope every airplane owner that voted for this absolute pinhead, takes the responsibility they share in this. You were warned this would happen to further the liberal agenda and now you can see the results of your votes! None of this is necessary, the deamonrats set this up, let's remind them as they come back up for re-election. Was your plane going UP in value in 2006? Probably, try and sell it now! This admin has managed to make our property and money worth far less than they were when he was elected the first time. Why did he get re-elected? I am sorry to say, this is just the beginning. Flying is a privlage that can be taken away by a simple executive order. On the other hand I guess I should be glad, I picked up a low hour Beech for less than I paid for my used car! 7 years ago it would have cost me double, and in the last 3 years this man had put in more than 50K in improvements, nice! It made getting my ticket less because they are hurting for students. My A&P is hungry, not only does it not take 6 months, it is about a third less than '06 Even the parts have come down, not for turbines, but for the rest of us. Thank Obummer folks and you have not seen anything, YET!
But why? Even with sequestion, the Federal government has will be spending 2 to 3% more money this year over last year. If inflation is "really" as low as it is reported to be, then the government has more "real" dollars to spend. Plus, the Federal fiscal year started on October 1, 2012, therefore the money has already been distributed to the agencies. If the government has to close offices and facilities because of $22B reduction in projected spending for FY2013, how many offices and facilities will be closed when real cuts to the budget occurs, like $1000B?
It's a crime that sleepy Trent Lott "International" in Mississippi keeps its FAA tower while contract towers at much busier airports are closed.