Sunday, January 23, 2005

An "Operational Error" in FAA speak is when two planes get closer together than they're supposed to be. In other words; it's when you nearly collide with another plane while flying at 30,000 feet. And, each year, there are thousands of "operational errors" - two or three each day.

And what is the FAA, the organization that's supposed to make air travel safer, doing about this problem? As of last Thursday, the FAA has cut in half the required separation between planes. Yep, because we're having so many near accidents, they're allowing planes to fly closer together.

Is this supposed to make the air safer? Hell no! It's supposed to cut fuel costs for the airlines, helping to make them more profitable. (More on the FAA at

This is just one small example of how the policies of the current administration come out in less visible ways. Profits Over People; that's their theme. So, when they tell you that their Social Security plan is to help you - and not to help their Wall Street buddies - don't believe them for a second.

(My rant on Social Security from last month)

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