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Mini-Shutdown at FAA, 4000 Federal Workers Laid Off

Hurry, Hurry, Hurry.

See how a tax stand-off really works. See the Debt Crisis in microcosm unfold before your very eyes.

Going almost without notice, and certainly no media fanfare, the House GOP and Senate Democrats had been wrangling for weeks over re-financing the FAA’s $16B annual budget.

As in the Debt Ceiling debate, the House sent over a bill to the Senate last week which was rejected by Reid & Co. Just like the several debt ceiling proposals. At issue was a tax renewal (app $6 per ticket to every commercial passenger) to 1) fund FAA construction projects at airports around the country ( I didn’t even know that was federal jurisdiction), as well as subsidize out-of-the-way airports, you know, those airports to nowhere,such as the one ex-Marine John Murtha  (RIH) built in his district.

The details of the fight between the GOP and the Senate has largely gone under-reported. (What is being reported now is that the greedy airlines are pocketing that $6.)

If you didn’t know it, every air traveler subsidizes flights into these out-of-the-way airports by keeping rates low. They should take a lesson from the postal service, who is closing 3653 post offices that are losing money. And with the sudden dry-up of funds that may be in the future, I can think of all sorts of things to do with those runways, can’t you?

Can you spell D-R-A-G  S-T-R-I-P?

Tough Love

There’s cause for sadness here, for most, almost all of the 4000 laid off are GS-13’s or under, or contract employees, and generally nice people. They work hard, cut the grass, some even go to church on Saturday or Sunday and are generally good people, never knowing they had signed on with the Employer-From-Hell.  Most are not “political”, at least not until this week.

But firm that jaw, for we need more of this, much more, for cutting the federal budget means firing, getting rid of, “riffing” tens of thousands of these people, for every federal job lost represents the potential for five jobs restored in the private sector.

Expect many of these 4000 to be treated very unfairly by their own front offices, for many jobs that will be saved inside the FAA,  just as many corporate offices, will be based on cronyism, not merit and not job function. The people with the least voice will be those pushed out first, and they will be found across FAA’dom.

Geithner “Cannot Protect American People”

Tim Geithner told Chris Wallace on Sunday that “the government cannot guarantee protection for the American people…”  if Congress cannot reach a deal in the Debt Ceiling debate.

These (FAA) are the American people he really (in code) spoke about, and not the millions of seniors and veterans he outwardly threatened. The government sends out millions of social security checks each month, but it sends out millions of paychecks each month as well.

It will send out far fewer paychecks if the two sides cannot find a meeting of the minds. While painful, this is a necessary thing.

The FAA layoffs are a microcosm of what will probably happen if the GOP House holds the line on its pledge, thus allowing the Senate and President to put the federal government into partial shutdown.

While John Boehner is intent on “bargaining with himself” (h/t Specialist for the one-liner of this entire debate), and which is an apt euphemism for “self-Congress”, it seems…

…I’m just asking, if it’s this easy at FAA, why aren’t we throwing monkey-wrenches into DOE’s, EPA’s, Interior’s, budget as well?

As John Boehner says, “A real path to the future.”

 

vassarbushmills
Citizen With Bark On

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  1. Each government entity I worked for/with always had a contingency plan for hard times, and it was always the ‘little guys’ who took it on the chin with RIFs…at first. As the herd thinned, if one was still there, two thoughts always crossed my mind. One, it’s amazing how the wheels continue to turn even with just a ‘skeleton’ crew, and two, wonder what-in-heck those other folks used to actually do for a living, seeings we didn’t really need them after all.

  2. When I saw the photo here my first thought was of a story my grandfather told me about flying too close to soybeans! While he was short on some details (I’m still convinced my grandmother never heard this story.) the main point I think he tried to make was any landing you can walk away from is a good one.

    (I always somehow knew these stories were based on more truth than fiction.)

    Much like Icarus and his flying lesson, or the lack thereof, will the people learn the simple truth; should you do it just because you can? This also applies to politicians!

    All of the spending is beginning to catch-up to us. This tome from VB is but another great example of the outcome of the battle underway.

    As aptly pointed out in the diary, someone always takes the fall for some other party. As in most cases, the administrative functions are preserved at the cost of those who actually provide some needed service, i.e., teachers, fireman, police, etc. Too late they learn they are the first to go, while those they depend on for protection retain their positions.

    I wonder, will we learn from the lessons and walk away in one piece, bruised and embarrassed, or, will we crash and burn because we failed to heed the warnings?

    Hopefully we will find some adults in the room who apply a judicious volume of forethought and logic and not the sky is falling syndrome espoused by the current administration (meaning, don’t force me to make a decision and then hold me accountable for it.)

  1. Each government entity I worked for/with always had a contingency plan for hard times, and it was always the ‘little guys’ who took it on the chin with RIFs…at first. As the herd thinned, if one was still there, two thoughts always crossed my mind. One, it’s amazing how the wheels continue to turn even with just a ‘skeleton’ crew, and two, wonder what-in-heck those other folks used to actually do for a living, seeings we didn’t really need them after all.

  2. When I saw the photo here my first thought was of a story my grandfather told me about flying too close to soybeans! While he was short on some details (I’m still convinced my grandmother never heard this story.) the main point I think he tried to make was any landing you can walk away from is a good one.

    (I always somehow knew these stories were based on more truth than fiction.)

    Much like Icarus and his flying lesson, or the lack thereof, will the people learn the simple truth; should you do it just because you can? This also applies to politicians!

    All of the spending is beginning to catch-up to us. This tome from VB is but another great example of the outcome of the battle underway.

    As aptly pointed out in the diary, someone always takes the fall for some other party. As in most cases, the administrative functions are preserved at the cost of those who actually provide some needed service, i.e., teachers, fireman, police, etc. Too late they learn they are the first to go, while those they depend on for protection retain their positions.

    I wonder, will we learn from the lessons and walk away in one piece, bruised and embarrassed, or, will we crash and burn because we failed to heed the warnings?

    Hopefully we will find some adults in the room who apply a judicious volume of forethought and logic and not the sky is falling syndrome espoused by the current administration (meaning, don’t force me to make a decision and then hold me accountable for it.)

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