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Mr. Goyer, It is easy to see conspiracies everywhere when you want to see them. If you looked over the FAA budget, you would see two very clear things, one 90% of the tower closures were staffed by contractors not represented (unionized) staff. As a manager, it is always preferred to let go of the contractors first. It’s easy, and I don’t have to fight anyone, that is just rational management. The FAA staffed tower slowdowns were a result of furloughs and a cut in overtime, which are shared by nearly all Federal employees from the IRS to the USDA. It looked like the FAA was implementing the spirit of the law, across the board cuts. Since 70% of the FAA is labor, it would seem rational to expect ATC cuts. Just because it is a popular program to pilots and it seems congress, there are other FAA programs that are just a dear to others, like the airport improvement program, which with the continued tower operations receive even more cuts.
Frankly, find this refreshing, it’s time to figure out what is important to the majority of our fellow citizens, and balance the budget. We in aviation cannot expect to be spared from program losses when we borrow $1 of every $2 spent by the Federal Government.
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