Rural air subsidies test resolve to c...

Rural air subsidies test resolve to cut spending

There are 40 comments on the KansasCity.com story from Feb 3, 2011, titled Rural air subsidies test resolve to cut spending. In it, KansasCity.com reports that:

A program that subsidizes air service to small airports, often in remote communities, is shaping up as an early test in the new Congress of conservatives' zeal for shrinking the federal government.Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has proposed an amendment to an aviation bill pending before the Senate in order to eliminate the $200 million annual ...

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“President DOWNGRADE..Ha Ha Ha!”

Since: Sep 09

Ocala, FL

#2 Feb 3, 2011
Good find Gopers! Kill it but don't stop there.

“President DOWNGRADE..Ha Ha Ha!”

Since: Sep 09

Ocala, FL

#3 Feb 3, 2011
Kill the Amtrak Subsidies too!

“President DOWNGRADE..Ha Ha Ha!”

Since: Sep 09

Ocala, FL

#4 Feb 3, 2011
Kill NPR Subsidies as well.

“President DOWNGRADE..Ha Ha Ha!”

Since: Sep 09

Ocala, FL

#5 Feb 3, 2011
In the House, the Republican Study Committee - a group of conservative lawmakers - has also proposed killing the program.

Subsidies per airline passenger as of June 1, 2010, ranged as high as $5,223 in Ely, Nev., to as low as $9.21 in Thief River Falls, Minn., according to Transportation Department data for the lower 48 states.

The program was created to ensure that less-profitable routes to small airports wouldn't be eliminated when airline service was deregulated in 1978. But critics say the airports often serve too few people to merit the amount of money spent in subsidies.

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“President DOWNGRADE..Ha Ha Ha!”

Since: Sep 09

Ocala, FL

#6 Feb 3, 2011
Studies show that in a lot of those communities people drive to larger airports to get better service at a lower cost than they can get at the smaller airport, even with subsidized air service, said Severin Borenstein, a University of California-Berkeley business professor who is an expert on airline competition.

"Some communities can make a credible claim they need the service, particularly in Alaska, but I think those are a relatively small part of the program," he said.

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“President DOWNGRADE..Ha Ha Ha!”

Since: Sep 09

Ocala, FL

#7 Feb 3, 2011
Four Democratic senators - Mark Begich of Alaska, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Robert Casey of Pennsylvania and Joe Manchin of West Virginia - are circulating a letter among their colleagues for signature. It urges McCain to give up his attempt to kill the program, citing potential economic consequences.

"Eliminating the program will have a devastating impact on the economies of rural communities," their letter says.

LOL!

Maybe these Democrats shouldn't have added $2 TRILLION to the rolls with Obamacare?

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“President DOWNGRADE..Ha Ha Ha!”

Since: Sep 09

Ocala, FL

#8 Feb 3, 2011
One of the program's biggest supporters is Sen. Jay Rockefeller, Democrat-W.Va., chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and the main sponsor of the pending aviation bill.

It would increase rather than decrease funding for the program and give the Transportation Department more flexibility in structuring contracts with airlines to improve it. Rockefeller would also let the department adjust contracts to take into account rising fuel costs. There are five communities in West Virginia with subsidized service.

Democrats can't stop friving us over the cliff.$14 Trillion in National Debt and they want to borrow & Spend More!

Since: Nov 08

Location hidden

#10 Feb 3, 2011
Obama is "The Spender" president. He spends more money on bullshit than Amelda spent on shoes.
Ross

Lady Lake, FL

#11 Feb 3, 2011
If they don't stop supplementals to any other airport, they MUST stop payments for flights to/from Reagan to Johnstown, PA; known as the John Murtha (deceased D PA) County Airport. One of Murtha's last earmarks was to designate $800 thousand for resurfacing a second runway. This airport has two flights per day. Most flights have 15 passengers or less.

It must be true that pigs really do fly.
Ross

Lady Lake, FL

#12 Feb 3, 2011
the Messiah wrote:
Kill the Amtrak Subsidies too!
Let me add to your list, USPS, Fannie, Freddie, the National Endowment for the Arts, I'm sure if I took the time, I could find 15 or 20 more.

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Raleigh, NC

#13 Feb 3, 2011
$200 Mil is a very small amount but Millions add up to Billions and Billions add up to Trillions.

No Sacred Cows! Across the Board Cuts! Let's ROLL!
YouHelpFixIt

Scottsdale, AZ

#14 Feb 3, 2011
We agree we should eliminate the subsidies, but abruptly ending them would not give businesses time to adjust. Why not start by eliminating any new subsidies and then phase them out over four years starting with a 25% cut this year.

And while you are at it start in the House (as the Constitution says) tie the FAA's entire budget to this bill. If the Senate does not pass it or President does not sign it they would be shutting down the FAA, until another bill could be taken up.

Since: Dec 08

Kerrville, TX

#15 Feb 3, 2011
Put this 200M where it will do the most good, reducing the deficit. 200M here, 100M there, 10M overthere and pretty soon you have some decent reductions in spending. Gotta start somewhere. It took a long time to get into this mess. It's not going to be fixed overnite. Who was it said "a journey begins with the first step"?
Agitator

Broken Arrow, OK

#16 Feb 3, 2011
End subsidies to Corporations.
End subsidies to Insurance Companies.
End subsidies to Energy Companies.
End subsidies to Agricultural.
I could list thousands more. End all subsidies and let the free market work.
Seeking truth

Dearborn, MI

#18 Feb 3, 2011
Wow. Look at all the righties complaining!
Seeking truth

Dearborn, MI

#19 Feb 3, 2011
sailorman2 wrote:
Put this 200M where it will do the most good, reducing the deficit. 200M here, 100M there, 10M overthere and pretty soon you have some decent reductions in spending. Gotta start somewhere. It took a long time to get into this mess. It's not going to be fixed overnite. Who was it said "a journey begins with the first step"?
AMEN!

“Hillary, thirty years of lying”

Since: Nov 08

Paris

#20 Feb 3, 2011
the Messiah wrote:
Kill the Amtrak Subsidies too!
FLASH: THESE STORIES JUST IN....

SEIU GIVES 27 MILLION TO OBAMA.......Obama allows SEIU in Chicago and other major branches to CAP EMPLOYEES HEALTH BENEFITS......HAHAHAHAHAH. The employee money goes to Obama, and then Obama allows the SEIU to Cap their benefits......poetic.

Judge rules Obama admin in contempt over drilling ban... OIL AT $103 AND THE BAN CONTINUES. THANKS O

Obama creates new global warming rules; Exempts GE... ANOTHER PAYOFF TO BIG BUSINESS.........

GALLUP: Unemployment Up in January to 9.8%...

World food prices reach new record...Yet no relief for those on SS. Is this the new death panel.

Sen. Sanders:'Get Rid of Private Health Care Companies'... LEAVE IT TO A LIBERAL TO PROMOTE COMMUNISM.
Ross

Lady Lake, FL

#21 Feb 3, 2011
YouHelpFixIt wrote:
We agree we should eliminate the subsidies, but abruptly ending them would not give businesses time to adjust. Why not start by eliminating any new subsidies and then phase them out over four years starting with a 25% cut this year.
And while you are at it start in the House (as the Constitution says) tie the FAA's entire budget to this bill. If the Senate does not pass it or President does not sign it they would be shutting down the FAA, until another bill could be taken up.
Great idea! Let's add an amendment that strips funding for excessive White House staff such as all of these czars that odummy has appointed to be a subterfuge to Congress. If odummy's czars want to volunteer their time...fine...but no more pay.
Billy Ringo

New York, NY

#23 Feb 3, 2011
sailorman2 wrote:
Put this 200M where it will do the most good, reducing the deficit. 200M here, 100M there, 10M overthere and pretty soon you have some decent reductions in spending. Gotta start somewhere. It took a long time to get into this mess. It's not going to be fixed overnite. Who was it said "a journey begins with the first step"?
Not really - took Shrub only a few years.

BTW, whatever happened to all those WMD's?

Since: Dec 08

Kerrville, TX

#24 Feb 4, 2011
Billy Ringo wrote:
<quoted text>
Not really - took Shrub only a few years.
BTW, whatever happened to all those WMD's?
Do you mean those WMD's that Pres Clinton, Kerry, Schumer and everyone was talking about back in 1997 and 1998? About how Sadam was a growing menace and that something had to be done? Those WMD's?

Obama has already spent more in 2 years than Bush did in 8. At least with Bush's spending we got something for our money, unlike Obama with his totally wasted trillions. And Bush's big spending really started after democrats took over congress. But I know you know this, you just choose to conveniently forget.

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