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Travelers around the country are seeing thousands of flight delays, many up to 2 hours, the result of furloughs the Federal Aviation Administration started earlier this week following sequestration cuts which went into effect last month. The FAA, like many other agencies, are requiring their 47,000 employees - including 13,000 air-traffic controllers – to take extra unpaid days off, one day for every two weeks in this case.
In addition to the inconvenience for travelers, per the Passenger Rights Act passed in 2011, airlines are expected to compensate them for delays and time spent on the tarmac. Airlines, as a result, are calling on the government to fix the furlough issue or, at least, give them exceptions while furloughs are in effect.
It’s one of the first obvious effects sequestration is having on the general population, but if you are expecting Washington to do anything about it, don’t hold your breath. Rather both parties are pointing fingers at each other.
Senator Pat Toomey argued the FAA could cut from less important areas. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers accused the administration of mishandling the situation.
Democrats counter Republicans could have avoided the situation and only they now have the power to abate the impact. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Congress botched the job and the FAA had no choice but to cut back in labor costs to absorb the sequestration cuts.
One thing everyone seems to agree on is that it will only get worse as we head into the summer travel season if no action is taken.
We talk to Jim Marinitti, an Air Traffic Controller at Miami International Airport and Bob King, Energy & Transportation Editor for POLITICO.
The we talk internet sales tax with Tracy Gordon, Fellow for Economic Studies at The Brookings Institution.
All airlines have them - flight delays. It's how they work through them that counts in the mind of the delayed passenger. Tonight we consider several types of aircraft delays. There's weather of course, which no airline can control. There're mechanical delays and some airlines have dependence on contract maintenance. Even flight crew on-duty time set by the company and the FAA. See if you have ever experienced the type delays discussed in tonight's radio show. We depart the Gate (barring no delays) at 7:00 p.m. EST. We hope you will be on-board.
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We welcome economic expert and author L Todd Wood back to the program for a dscussion of government spending and waste. Americans are being turned away from cancer treatment, the White House is closed to the public and FAA control towers are being threatened with closure but at the same time the government seems to have plenty of money to do things like search for bat caves, study snail sex and pay for gardening at a UN abassador's home.
Also we will talk about developments in the Eurozone and is Gold set to replace the dollar? To understand it all we welcome Author and economic expert L Todd Wood back to the program.
Also on the program...Is Brad Paisley and LL Cool J’s new song 'Accidental Racist' really that bad? We'll play the song and then we'll talk about it.
L Todd Wood is the Author of the Economic Thriller "Currency" Available on Amazon or at LToddWood.com Todd has appeared on Programs such as GBTV "For the Record" , KPRL radio, San Luis Obispo, CA, WTOP Radio 103.5FM Washington, DC and has been invited on to the Sean Hannity Radio Program.
This week we don't really have one particular topic in mind but will just wander around topically with the biggest stuff that caught our attention this week. This should be a fun episode. Don't miss it!
-Hilarious audio of the Kapooyow lady and Sweet "Ain't got no time for that" Brown
-NY Dem Charlie Rangel says that millions of children are being killed by assault weapons in America......Huh?
-Rand Paul fires back at Ann Coulter at CPAC
-The Paul Ryan budget passed the House but fails in the Democrat controled Senate...big surprise there.
-Texas Mom finds stunning 9/11 question on son's 5th grade test.
-We have lots of cash to pay for Joe Biden's huge hotel bills and studies on why lesbians drink too much but apparently not enough to keep FAA control towers open.
!n 2015, FAA regulations regarding drones will change dramatically, opening the possibility for commercial drone use in common airspace all throughout the country. While it is supposedly illegal at this point in time, some law enforcement agencies are using them, as are a few commercial firms for jobs like surveying and mapping. But these just slightly, under the radar applications will be nothing compared to the multi-billion-dollar drone industry that's about to explode. Today, we'll