Common sense FAA solution shows how ‘crisis’ is contrived

It took a special vote of Congress, but there actually was a common sense solution from Washington last week to stop the customer delays and keep control towers nationwide open, including the one at the Williamsport Regional Airport in Montoursville.

Under the legislation, which the Senate passed without even a roll call vote, the Federal Aviation Administration would gain authority to transfer up to $253 million from accounts that are flush into other programs.

The move doesn’t guarantee the local tower will remain open after Sept. 30, when it was slated to be closed. It doesn’t guarantee that all traffic delays will end at the nation’s airports.

But it does stop some of this silly, petty nonsense that President Obama has been trafficking in since the sequester legislation went into effect. Kudos go, in particular, to Democrats who joined Republicans in this stab at realism.

You would never know it from the daily talking point rants of President Obama’s inner circle, but the sequester idea so decried by the administration was proposed by the administration nearly a year ago to get around addressing long-overdue spending issues.

You would never know it from the cries of poverty, but the sequester legislation amounts to pennies not being spent on a budget that has doubled in the past decade.

While it’s true Congress went along with the sequester, members have twice attempted to pass legislation giving President Obama the authority to make cuts judiciously in places of least consequence. There are lots of those in the gargantuan budget coming out of Washington.

The president has turned down that authority. Why? Because he wants to make this issue about the need for more revenue, not less spending. This is the same president who, campaigning for the office, called enablers of the nation’s soaring debt “unpatriotic.”

But with this president, it is not preachy rhetoric, but rather actions, that need to be monitored.

And unfortunately, the two have nothing in common.

We suggest that Congress look at the rest of the sequester implications and try other common sense solutions to piece by piece walk us off the ledge. Apparently, someone needs to show this administration that a measly reduction in the amount of a spending increase will not end life as we know it in America. And the solution certainly shouldn’t involve more taxes that will result in more spending.

This avenue to a solution ought to be embarrassing to an administration and president that are supposed to lead, not deceive. That it isn’t embarrassing to them is the scariest part of all.