Thursday, March 07, 2013
The thought occurred to me that -- when the sequester kicks in and the FAA starts furloughing air traffic controllers -- air traffic controllers should sequester DCA.
Sequester: (Verb) Isolate or hide away
If I were king, I wouldn't let another lobbyist-CEO-toting business jet in, nor would I let an airplane carrying a Congressman out. Not until they rescinded the sequester.
Yes, I know this is a fantasy. And I know that me talking about it will make the powers-that-be in NATCA all squirmy. I can only say these things because I'm retired. And, for the record, I haven't said one word to NATCA (or anybody at NATCA) about this. Nor have they talked to me (for years.) It isn't some coded message for anybody. It's just me being me -- retired me.
But, lets concentrate on the squirmy part. There was a time when controllers ran slowdowns just to get better pay and working conditions. And one of the major targets in those slowdowns was DCA. How did we get from there to here? How did we get from a country where working people stood up for themselves to a nation where they cower in fear lest someone take away their health insurance?
That's a much bigger problem than this sequester. Take this to the bank: No one gives up power willingly. And right now, these are the people that have the power.
If you let the people with that wealth/power leave it all to their children, you'll have the modern-day equivalent of Princes, Dukes and Kings. That is a reality far more important than air traffic control.
The government has your attention because "they" are messing with your paycheck. Right now, you should be figuring out who "they" is. It's the people keeping the Republican Party in power in the House of Representatives. In short, it's rich people spending enough money to buy the propaganda they need to win. And lately, even that hasn't been enough. Although, there are those in your midst that still think it in their best interest to vote Republican.
Logic doesn't always win. People aren't always rational -- even those smart enough to be controllers. Good doesn't always triumph over evil. At least not right away.
I hope you'll use the opportunities in front of you to further the cause. Collectively, there is no smarter group in the U.S. Government than controllers. There are groups with more expertise in various fields but trust me, they aren't smarter. Think about what is best for your profession, your country and humanity in general. Do well. Do good. Do something. Get involved.
Make this a better place than you found it. A better place for your kids and your neighbor's kids. Sure it's hard. Everything in life worth doing is.
March 7, 2013