Monday, June 19, 2017

Trump’s Ignorance on Air Travel Leads Him to the Wrong Solution

Infrastructure Week  Kicked Off with Privatizing Air Traffic Control


Trump wants to spend $1 trillion on infrastructure but he doesn’t want to spend any money because his highest priority is tax cuts for people like Trump, that is wealthy people.  So his first step will be to try and put Air Traffic Control into a private company, something that does nothing to address the problems of air travel.

President Trump will seek to put a spotlight on his vows to privatize the nation’s air traffic control system and spur $1 trillion in new investment in roads, waterways and other infrastructure with a weeklong series of events starting Monday at the White House. . . .

The president has invited executives from major airlines to join him as he kicks off the week with one of his more controversial plans: spinning off the air traffic control functions of the Federal Aviation Administration to a nonprofit corporation.

Note the disconnect here.  The goal is to invest in roads, waterways etc; the action is to change management of air traffic. 

Now there is plenty wrong with air travel, and the air traffic system could certainly use investment in new systems.  But the main problem is greedy monopolistic airlines that make air travel excruciatingly painful and insufficient airport resources.  But fixing that would mean more anti-trust regulation and more spending, two things Republicans don’t want to do.  And Trump of course flies private, none of the horrors of air travel have ever affected him.

So the solution is to spend nothing, make a big PR splash and for Trump, hopefully take the spotlight away from what everyone expects will be devastating new info about his abuses.  

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