FAA Shuts-Down Due To Congressional Inaction

From CNN:

Almost 4,000 Federal Aviation Administration workers are facing furloughs after Congress adjourned Friday without passing a measure to reauthorize the agency’s funding, according to the Transportation Department.

A $2.5 billion program providing grants for airport construction projects also will shut down, and thousands of construction jobs could be jeopardized.

Secretary Ray LaHood said “The safety of the flying public will not be compromised” because if he said “people are going to fucking die” he might lose his job.

Way to fix the economy, jerkwads. How long will it be before airplanes start falling out of the sky? Because as we all know the airline industry has a lousy record of maintaining aircraft without the FAA being constantly up their asses.

Minnesota Closes Due To Budget Impasse

Minnesota Democrats and Republicans debate the effect of their budget impasse.

The State of Minnesota closed-down after state lawmakers failed to resolve a budget impasse. Democrats want to cut the state’s $3.6 billion deficit by raising taxes, while Republicans want to cut spending. The budget deadline passed and the new fiscal year began with no resolution, throwing 20,000 state employees out of work and closing almost all state facilities.

Only Minnesota transport workers were on the job, placing large “Closed – turn around and go back where you came from” signs on all roads crossing the state border.