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November 23, 2009

ATC, Something Else the Government Sucks At

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at November 23, 2009 6:48 AM

Contrary to the propaganda and talking points of the idiot left, conservatives do not oppose Government-managed health care because we want sick people to die, or because we want Obama to fail. It's because Government has a really bad track record when it comes to running things.

Take, for example, America's Air Traffic Control (ATC) system. While America's Hat (a.k.a. Canada) has privatized their ATC and made it the safest, most technologically advanced system in the world, the United States is stuck with an expensive, inefficient, overly bureaucratized system whose approach to tracking and controlling aircraft has not changed since the presidency of FD-Fn-R. Which is why the entire system got monkey-wrenched last week because of a glitch in the FAA's outmoded system.

As this video shows, the entire reason the USA is stuck with a dangerous, technologically backwards system for ATC is because of the unholy union between politicians and unions. (Exactly the people who would run health care under either of the plans in Congress.)

So, if you want the current health care system to be replaced with something even more expensive, more bureaucratic and less effective than what we have now, by all means, support ObamaCare.


Color me shocked... government intrusion and failure to extricate itself is damaging to the industry? Same thing happens with health insurance mandates and bloated regulations...

Libtards... happen to see a pattern emerging or is your head THAT firmly placed between your ass-cheeks?

Posted by: AmericanToTheCore at November 23, 2009 7:44 AM

I took early retirement from the FAA instead of taking a promotion in grade and going back to D.C. because the FAA is so badly broken.

We've had at least two decades of (mis)management by people whose claim to fame is that they once rode on an airplane. Bill Clinton was the worst. He replaced the entire top four tiers of management with aeronautical idiots (along with the rest of the government agencies).

Instead of getting better bang for the public's buck we spent our time going to mandatory diversity propaganda lectures/courses, etc. Our "managers" managed to lose over a hundred million dollars on new computer systems that were either never delivered or when they showed up the didn't work right.

Our work force in electronics deals with some of the most sophisticated equipment ever built. To get certified you have to pass courses that start out with vector math to resolve the simultaneous signals from 16 antennas. So what kind of students are they sending... hamburger flippers and quota queens. When they can't handle the course work two things happen - 1. the instructors are racists, blame them; 2. weaken the exams so that people with room temperature IQ's can 'pass'. The result is that those who are truly qualified wind up doing more of the critical work and then get tired of it and quit or retire.

The horrible part of this is twofold: 1) truly qualified minority candidates are not being selected for high paying jobs they could well handle so the money is wasted on vacuum headed quota queens; 2) the public is not getting the level of skill and safety they think they paid for.

Posted by: chuck in st paul at November 23, 2009 7:54 AM

Having the goverment run air trafic control is like having a lit match in a dynimite shack KA-BOOM and its all over AND SQUAWK SQUAWK SQUAWK I GET NERVOUS FROM BEING AROUND THE TURKEYS RUNNING OUR AIRPORTS SQUAWK SQUAWK SQUAWK

Posted by: SPURWING PLOVER at November 23, 2009 8:52 AM

First come, first served is a formula for lines, whether at your bank, your barber, or the airport. By regulation, the government cannot discriminate between airlines to move traffic, so they put everybody in line. There are technologies that take aircraft performance data and process it to provide separation that can replace radar. There are efficiencies to be gained, but that would require less controllers, or having each controller manage more airplanes. This is in direct opposition to the union case for more controllers and less work for each. So, the union pushes its politicians not to change things and the delays get worse.

Posted by: VikingTX at November 23, 2009 9:34 AM


Posted by: Birdzilla at November 23, 2009 12:23 PM

B-b-b-b-b-b-but BUSH!!

Posted by: Lao at November 23, 2009 4:41 PM

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