In response to the federal government´s plan to close control towers at 13 small Texas airports, the Texas Department of Transportation announced Thursday it will pick up the slack. The department said it intends to fund continued service of air traffic controllers at the 13 towers when federal funding stops due to nationwide budget cuts. The decision must be approved by the Texas Transportation Commission, which is scheduled to meet Thursday in an emergency session. Last week the Federal Aviation Administration announced it would close 149 air traffic control towers
Reply 4 - Posted by:
lil dotty, 3/29/2013 1:21:18 AM (No. 9249223)
Go Governor! Hold Junior as hostage till Texas retrieves our gold in the Fed´s treasury. Of course, Junior has hidden all that gold. Or has he confiscated it? What will he do? Can´t find it...say no way, or just ignore the Texas request and await other states demanding an inventory of Ft Knox. Thief, scallywag. That´s our pResident. Don´t need DC and certainly don´t need Junior.
To target and close ATC towers directly risks the lives of Americans. No one involved could think otherwise. No one. Those towers were closed intentionally. Do you really think it isn´t intentional? That there are no other cuts possible in the whole of the FAA? That there are just zero funds that could have been moved to cover these operations?
Therefore -- the Obama administration is intentionally putting Americans at risk of death to create political leverage.
[Ignore the DHS buying all those rifles, cartridges, armored vehicles.... No, no, no. The above discussion I offered has n-o-o-o crossover to the DHS´s actions. Nope. None.]
The same goes with meat inspectors,although I think the industry is self policing because of the threat of lawsuits.In my mind Texas has to be the most hated state by the left and it´s very childish of Obama to target them for air traffic furloughs.
Blue states probably wouldn´t have the spare change to cover a new expense like this.
The scariest thing is that everyone KNOWS that Barky is putting American lives in danger and the entire country is just frozen in place when it comes to doing anything to get rid of this menace. I miss Richard Nixon . Hell, I miss Bill Clinton.
National Park Service said they were not going to plow the entrances into Yellowstone National Park. (East & South entrances) because of, yes, the sequester. More pain to feel right? Governor Mead sent in WYDOT state plows to get the job done that the feds would not do. But how to pay? Private contributions from citizens of Wyoming mainly from the Cody and Jackson areas. THWAP!
He says -- Texas has the death penalty and -- "We use it"...
That says it all.....
Reply 20 - Posted by:
O.S. Banker, 3/29/2013 10:10:27 AM (No. 9249694)
I would like to suggest that Governor Perry utilize eminient domain to sieze the towers from the FAA. Afterall, the towers are of no value if they are not manned. And utilization of the towers for their intended purpose definitely a public benefit.
Make a lot more sense than the City of New London vs. Kehoe.
Great idea from Texas, but, there is one question that needs to be answered. Since ALL air traffic controllers (including the military) go thru the identical FAA operated training regimine, would Obozo have the power to NOT allow any state to pay federal empolyees? It´s a sticky question, but my guess is that he (Obozo) could do just that. And get away with it since the FAA falls under the executive branch of the government.
I was thinking the same thing #22, Zippy can still stop this by ordering the controllers not to work for the state of Texas, and he can trust the lapdog media for covering up his actions to maximize the pain of sequester
#28, et al: then the governor claims a public safety issue, the Texas Air Guard steps up, the fed ATC is out of a job, and the citizens of the Great State of Texas get to experience good governance in action. Not to mention that it spits right in the face of the t^rd in the WH
There ought to be a way to convert each of these towers to TX control. Once the conversion is made, they will not go back to federal control. You have to assume that this game is being played in other markets and there ought to be trained air traffic controllers who´d like to work for more reliable bosses.
America is the most wonderful place. No matter how controlling, raging, vindictive, destructive, the crazed Pretender Obama is, America is the most recoverable country in the history of the world. The only one that can kill the failure of European socialism that is taking over this country. No matter how much damage He, Mooch, his communist staff cell mates, union thugs, all old greed addicted Congress droids, the brutally blind-to-crime Diane Sawyers of TV news dictators, all of them do, to destroy this nation, we can wake up and recover. Rick Perry, by far, is one of our best opportunites to clean up the socialist mess created by all Federal government and its tax conniving leaders. Why? Because Rick is the only guy who can bring in a huge staff of proven, honest, hardworking Texan executives to save America from the huge damage of Obammunization. How about ten gallon hats in DC, temporary quarters for the hundreds of Texans, by putting them in emptied Education and Energy buildings, after firing all those wastrels. Sounds like a fantasy, but it’s one of many ways we can wake up, speak up and, Recover America from Socialism (which can only lead to Communism) As pointed out by Allen West, all communists in Washington and Hollywood know this for a very secretive, stealth fact. No fooling around, Rick cleans them all OUT. When he had the chance, Rick goofed, like Mitt, did not speak out. Rick is now speaking out.
Really, the Feds don´t own the towers. The affected airports are CONTRACT towers - the FAA pays contractors, not Federal employees, to act as controllers. Texas will essentially assume the contracts...score one for "smaller government."
Reply 34 - Posted by:
get er done, 3/29/2013 11:10:29 PM (No. 9250770)
While 0 closes control towers at small Texas, and many other, airports, 0´s daughters vacation at Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas, and I hear, are off for a second winter ski vacation. More grist for the Paul/Cruz/Lee filibuster mill.
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