OK, we all now are familiar with sequestration, which is a wimpy and stupid way to slice federal spending because our president and Congress didn’t have the brass you-know-what to target specific programs that deserve to be cut.
So they took the cowardly out and chose to cut a little bit from virtually every agency except for the prime budget busters, Medicare and Social Security.
Talk about having spines of taffy.
Granted, the sequester mandated only about a 5 percent cut, a paltry percentage compared to the much steeper cuts millions of Americans and thousands of businesses have had to make in recent years.
Yet there could be a stark cost to that 5 percent – a cost in lives.
Under orders to trim hundreds of millions of dollars from its budget, the FAA will close 149 air traffic control facilities at small airports around the country starting early next month.
That is crueler than pulling off a butterfly’s wings. It not only will snarl the nation’s skies but it will strip away an extra layer of safety during takeoffs and landings.
Pilots will be left to coordinate takeoffs and landings among themselves over a shared radio frequency with no help from ground controllers.
Sky pilot, how high can you fly? You’ll never, never, never reach the sky.
Excuse that little dose of hyperbole from The Animals’ hit single, but the impact on safety is real.
There is a reason why airports have terminals.