The coming storm between government and private

Uncle Sam

The only thing I “enjoy” about flying on an airplane is that 9 times out of 10 it is quicker than driving. I probably only fly four or six times a year. I have never found the experience friendly, relaxing and since 9/11, necessarily convenient. For me it is more a necessary evil than it is a convenience.

Rarely do I fly out of my local airport. It is just too expensive. So I make the two or three-hour trip to Charlotte or Atlanta knowing that when I come home tired and tense from my flight my journey home still isn’t over.

“Our” businessman President ran and was elected on the idea that our government was too big and inefficient. A common Republican and conservative theme. That anything our government was managing could be done more efficiently and at less cost by a private entity. This idea is from the Steve Bannon playbook of “…bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishments.” President Trump’s proposed budget includes one of these privatization experiments, moving oversight of the U.S. air traffic control from the federal government to an independent private entity.

Now I realize that flying on an airplane is much safer than driving a car. But for me the stress of flying all boils down to simply a lack of control. From the time you enter an airport to the time you leave you have relinquished any and all control that you think you might have. Your life, and your safety is placed squarely in the hands of people you don’t know.

When we walk on to that airplane and buckle our seatbelts each of us are simply putting our faith in something that is bigger than the individuals in the cockpit or in the control tower. That something is the federal government, an entity not concerned about profits or shareholders but you and I.

This little idea is just the tip of the Bannon iceberg. Trump is proposing massive cuts in funding to the Environmental Protection Agency, Health and Human Services, Education, Housing and Urban Development and Transportation while bumping up Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security and Defense. Can you say playing to your base of deplorables?

Trump’s budget and Bannon’s ideas are a long way from becoming a reality. But it is out there, on paper, being discussed and debated. For me the Federal Government is in the protection business, that is what we pay them to do. And that protection extends beyond just you and I, it also includes our environment which apparently Trump and Bannon disagree with as well.

Pay attention to Trump’s budget. Read the fine print and express your views to your representatives. Some important programs like Meals on Wheels through the Community Development Block Grant would take a substantial hit or in some impoverished areas simply go away because of lack of funding. I deliver Meals on Wheels and for many people on my route it is the only meal they will eat that day and typically the only human encounter they will have as well. And the next time you are in an airplane getting ready to take-off or land think about who would prefer to be in charge, Air Traffic Control, Inc. with a board of directors made up of all the major airlines and shareholders looking for a dividend or good old Uncle Sam.

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20 Responses to The coming storm between government and private

  1. Enough to make me think twice about flying anytime soon. Scary.

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  2. Suze says:

    I also deliver for meals on wheels. The poverty stricken depend upon that one meal, some of them as their only meal of the day. I also have applied for a community block grant to fix the roof and floors of my own house. George and I are under the poverty limit according to our fab government. we do manage to eat and get our meds (mine from planned parenthood..guess my heart meds will be a thing of the past soon) but major repairs to our cottage are impossible on our vastly reduced income. Even if I wanted to fly somewhere I could not do it, as my idiot reps here in Oklahoma never brought the state id’s into federal compliance. So no airline tickets can be used for any OKie without a passport. I see a few extremely difficult years ahead of us if the congress doesn’t pull it’s collective head out of trump’s ass and impeach the idiot. Of course, Pence won’t be much better.

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  3. I dunno guys….pretty big asshole, lots of heads could be up there. First, all the tea partiers, then the evangelicals, then the deplorables, then the Republicans, then the billionaires, then…..

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  4. Erics Illusions says:

    Glad to see you’re not limiting yourself to the more important topic of gardening, cantaloupes, nosy neighborhood kids. Personally, I would rather entrust my time flying to a private corp. One crash and the lawsuits that would be filed would bring any corporation down. So, they would be more diligent in keeping safety standards and an efficiently run company, I would think. Ya ever watch a government, state or town run road crew? One guy working and 3 watching..union guys..secure in their jobs. Ever walk into town hall and see the 90 year old lady sitting at a desk collecting a pay check ignoring the line out into the hall? DMV…need I say more?

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    • I get your point but I have a tough time comparing the 90 year old DMV lady to a guy in charge of making sure my daughter gets off and on the ground in an airplane safely. But hey, that’s just me, a crazy socialist liberal. And by the way I would much prefer thinking about the zen of cantaloupes than shit like this.

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    • Private, profit-driven entities will cut any corners to up their bottom line. Another plank in the conservative platform is to eliminate our ability to sue businesses/individuals whose negligence has harmed someone. Consumer safeguards and ethical sales practices have already been reduced in the short time Trump has been in office.

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      • Erics Illusions says:

        American Airlines, United Airlines, Lufthansa, Apple, Microsoft, to name a few. Private profit driven entities with good safe guards in place.
        The rest of your rant would need to be verified. I won’t take your word for it. I’m really tired of liberals or rumor mongers throwing out one liners or sensational half true biased headlines in order to spread negativity or some SJW cause. I’m not a liberal or conservative and I don’t have a cause to shake my fist at. I just really hate all the bashing, trashing, petty BS being spewed by the leftists. It’s disheartening, dividing the country and frankly will serve no purpose. if it makes you feel good and gives you something to write about…..whatever. I guess that’s my rant for the day. Goodnight, sir.

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        • Nan says:

          You wrote: I just really hate all the bashing, trashing, petty BS being spewed by the leftists.

          I have to ask … do you truly believe the “leftists” are the only ones doing the “spewing”? You claim to be neither liberal or conservative but this sentence gives you away.

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          • Erics Illusions says:

            Well…I’ve been only viewing news headlines on Yahoo, USA Today, and reading this blog. So…all my input has been from a left biased source. Every headline begins with …let me check today’s Yahoo…hold on…here we go….”The 9 most absurd parts of Trumps budget proposal” “Trumps budget is a complete withdrawal of working with states” “Trump defends Obama wiretap allegation without evidence” ..Here’s a good one you’ll like…”Lawrence: Trump most deviant man ever to live in the White House.”
            Honestly, I never thought that there might be another side to the news!! I’m so stupid, I thought the news was just the news. Just the facts mame…just the facts. I just started listening to Fox News and Tucker Carlson, which come from the other side. I now realize the facts are spread out left and right and who knows where the truth is? I give up. Call me a right wing conservative or a left winger. I have no idea what I am…except confused.

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          • Eric my friend like I said before I would rather contemplate the zen of cantaloupes, or rocks and dirt than all this shit. I like rocks and dirt and they are easier to get along with. Peace

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  5. Trump will never need Meals on Wheels, he will never need extra help or food stamps when he is old, his view of the world is “If he can do it so can the rest of us”. But we never started with our parents millions. The uneducated poor are the people who voted for him for jobs and hope and they are the first to be hit their idea of a billionaire being a gracious god is not what most of us think.

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  6. Somewhere along the line conservatives moved from skeptical about government programs to categorically opposition across the board. Their ideological stance is a caricature. Unfortunately, that caricature is trying to become policy and we will all pay for that.

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