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This Intentionally Engineered Air Traffic Control Traveshamockery.

Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 970 -- Air Traffic Controllers Purposely Sandbagging-

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, air traffic in the United States has decreased by nearly a quarter (23%) since the year 2000. Meanwhile, America actually has slightly more air traffic controllers than in the year 2000:

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So, traffic: way down.

But more controllers.

And then there's the budget situation, as described by Conn Carroll of the Washington Examiner:

Here are the facts: President Obama’s 2013 FAA Budget Request asked for just $15.172 billion. But Congress gave them an extra $1.1 billion for the Grants-in-Aid for Airports program, bringing their total 2013 funding to $16.668 billion. Then the sequester lopped off $669 million in FAA funding, leaving them with $15.999 billion.

But that $15.999 billion is more money than they originally asked for to run the entire agency!

Okay. So there really wasn't even an actual budget cut, in other words.

Phil Kerpen explains the numbers this way:

President Obama’s original FAA budget request for fiscal year 2013 was $15,146 million. Congress, knowing sequestration loomed, appropriated $16,008 million. From that, sequestration cut $637 million; so this year’s actual, final FAA budget is $15,371 million. That’s a cool $225 million more than Obama’s original budget request.

And here's a handy graph, as well:

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Meanwhile, internal FAA emails reveal that "generating fear and demonstrating failure" are the administration's goals in this fiasco.

In what version of America is it even remotely okay for government employees to conspire to intentionally perform a particular task poorly, just to extract more money from taxpayers across the board?

The facts are clear. There are more than enough air traffic controllers, and more than enough money in the budget, to direct the considerably reduced flow of traffic in the United States today. Any air traffic control delays are therefore either the result of incompetence or purposeful sandbagging.

Either way, this should make your blood boil. It is a travesty. It is a sham. It is a mockery. And it's a story that is still gone largely untold in the establishment media.

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Previous Trivia Tidbit: Inner Cities Versus Suburbs/Exurbs.

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Posted by Will Franklin · 26 April 2013 09:18 AM

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