Well, what the heck did you expect?
You red state Tea Party GOP “cut federal spending now!” fanatics yelled and screamed and hollered and moaned and demanded cuts in federal spending, but were so opposed to any reasonable discussion or compromise on the issue that you pretty much guaranteed the worst possible type of cuts, which is the current sequester.
This requires federal agencies to slice large percentages of what remains of this year’s budgets off the top. The military is furloughing people and delaying maintenance, the White House is closing off tours, the House of Representatives is doing nothing because the GOP in charge there says all the visible cuts are just for show, and federal programs for the poor everywhere are facing cuts.
And Ogden is losing its airport tower, (click) courtesy of the FAA.
There will be the usual moaning and groaning. Republicans in other states, guys who screamed loud and long for federal spending cuts, are now working hard to get exemptions to save the towers in their districts, and I’m sure Utah’s will do the same.
Others will say that the Obama administration is just doing this to make people think the sequester is some horrible thing, that it could really cut $85 billion in ways that wouldn’t harm a flea, probably by cutting out all the free housing, food, medical care and schooling that illegal immigrants are lapping up.
They aren’t lapping it up. It is illegal for illegals to get any of that aid beyond basic emergency room help, food bank food and other charity, but that won’t stop some from claiming the entire $85 billion could be found that way anyway. Such are the power of delusion and lies.
But, seriously, this is a real cut, it’s going down, deal with it.
This is particularly sad because Ogden has worked for decades to maintain an active and commercially viable airport to serve local businesses and, now, even commercial passenger flights. An airport is a huge asset to a growing community, something Weber officials have worked to maintain since the 1940s.
And now the tower, a critical part of that, is going to shut down, courtesy of massive demands by Utah’s red state Tea Party government spending hawks for federal spending cuts.
Well folks who wanted this, you “we built that ourselves without the federal government” types who think the government is do darn bad, you got it, and you can all get together, pool your funds, and hire yourself some air traffic controllers to take over the airport.
They make about $100,000 or so a year, the tower probably uses three or four, plus overhead. Probably a million or so a year will handle it.
You guys who all hate the federal government so much, who say you did it yourself? Well now you can.