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Washington Delayed Your Flight

Discussion in 'BBS Hangout: Debate & Discussion' started by Shovel Face, Nov 19, 2009.

  1. Shovel Face

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    Your health care is next. "No profits before people..."

    <script type="text/javascript" src="http://reason.tv/embed/video.php?id=951"></script>

    As the holiday travel rush approaches, air travelers grounded by delays should take a moment to think about why they're stuck in airports or on the tarmac. There's a good chance Washington is to blame.

    "The air traffic control system in the United States is technologically obsolete," says Robert W. Poole, Jr., director of transportation studies at Reason Foundation, the nonprofit that publishes Reason.tv. "This model is basically the same model that we have used since the beginning of air travel."

    The technology the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) uses to navigate $200 million jets is less advanced than the GPS technology drivers use to navigate $20,000 cars.

    Poole says the system could safely handle more planes if the FAA used modern technology that would provide real-time information about where planes are. But the funding process, overseen by pork-hungry members of Congress, often thwarts technology upgrades.

    The only way to get the politics out of our air traffic system is to take the system away from the politicians. Why not let a private corporation manage the skies?

    That may sound like a far-out, free-market idea, but Canada doesn't think so.

    Our neighbors to the north often take pride in their lavish government programs, yet they allow a private corporation called Nav Canada to manage their air-traffic control system. Canada's approach, often called commercialization, has some surprising supporters in the U.S., including Al Gore, who pushed for commercialization when he was Bill Clinton's vice president.
     
  2. DonnyMost

    DonnyMost be kind. be brave.
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    **Note to Health Care opponents**

    Pointing at a government entity like the post office or air traffic control and saying "LOOK SEE THIS IS WHAT HEALTHCARE WILL BE LIKE" does not help your argument. At all.

    You want to privatize air traffic system? Cool. Go for it.

    But stop comparing apples to oranges. It just makes it look like you have no idea what you're talking about.
     
  3. mc mark

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    don't you just love this logic?
     
  4. leroy

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    So, Shovel Face, you think this is a new problem?
     
  5. B-Bob

    B-Bob "94-year-old self-described dreamer"

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    Note to self: ShovelFace thinks Canada is a good model for America. Got it!

    So you want to try their healthcare logic?
     
  6. B-Bob

    B-Bob "94-year-old self-described dreamer"

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    I guess ShovelFace took a flight to Canada after starting the thread...
     
  7. Shovel Face

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    No thanks, too many crappy indie bands.
     

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