So that’s how you get this
The House on Friday passed legislation that will end the furloughing of air traffic controllers. And what got these famously contentious representatives off their duffs? Here's a hint from my colleague Lisa Mascaro's story:
Final passage of the quickly arranged stopgap measure came as lawmakers were boarding their own flights out of Washington for a weeklong recess.
Yes indeed: Step right this way to board, congressman, for another on-time flight to get you home. Wouldn't want to keep you from the wife and kids, and the political fundraising.
Of course, that’s not the whole story. Congress has been hearing it from airlines and consumers for days about the delays caused when the
All in all, it made for a perfect political storm, one that fit right in with this political crop's recipe for management: Lurch from crisis to crisis, lurch to a half-baked solution, then point fingers.
For example, here’s Rep.
Good one, Tom; you should pay your speechwriter a little something extra his week. He/she got all the key terms in there: "shameful politics," "hardworking American families" and "gross mismanagement." Doesn't mean anything, of course, but it sure sounds good on TV.
Not to be outdone, we have Democratic Rep.
Yes, Steny, we should. If only money grew on trees.
So what can we do? Well, we could round up the usual suspects: Blame President
The point is, giving money to those who complain the most or the loudest is one dumb idea. We already have too much money in politics, too many folks buying influence. And now we're going to micromanage the budget process that way?
What's next: Some billionaire like Elon Musk putting up money to speed up construction of the 405 Freeway? Huh? You're kidding me!
No, it's not a bad thing that the control towers at our airports are back at full strength.
But it's a silly way to run a country.