Why we have a Deficit

March 23, 2011

Take this story.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/tower-at-reagan-national-goes-silent-as-planes-attempt-to-land/2011/03/23/AB9aslKB_story.html

Two airplanes had to land at Reagain National without assistance from the control tower because it was non-responsive. There was only one air traffic controller on duty at the time (it was after midnight without much air traffic). So, not only is the FAA considering upping the staff to two controllers at Reagan National. They are looking at other similar situations.

So, let’s take a step back.

The available evidence indicates that we didn’t need anyone in the control tower after midnight.

Yet, the government’s first thought is to double the staffing.

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