Economics

Are There Any Government Projects That Aren't Worthy of Tax Dollars? The Answer Will Not Surprise You.

|

I write this while stuck in the Dayton, Ohio airport, waiting to get to DC sometime today. My noon flight was cancelled and the backup flight has been delayed a couple of hours. But it will get here soon, I'm told. Or not.

Airports have spent $3.5 billion in federal money since 1998 on projects the Federal Aviation Administration rated as low priority because they do little to improve the most pressing needs in the nation's aviation system, a USA TODAY analysis shows. The money comes from a program that is supposed to improve aviation safety. Priority goes to projects such as runways, taxiways and beacons….

Money for projects such as hangars "could likely be better used on higher-priority projects like airspace modernization," said David Castelveter of the Air Transport Association, the airline trade group. "That would allow more flights and would reduce delay."

The FAA defends the spending. "They're all good projects," said Catherine Lang, FAA acting associate administrator for airports.

Of course they're all good projects. Is it asking too much to have bureacrats who don't treat every goddamned pet project like a child about to be sold off for medical experiments? Apparently so.

Just a few weeks ago, Reason.tv released "Your Flight Has Been Delayed…And It's Washington's Fault." Watch on, MacDuff, and weep for a country that is importing the wrong ideas from Canada.

NEXT: Have a Coke and a Tax

Editor's Note: We invite comments and request that they be civil and on-topic. We do not moderate or assume any responsibility for comments, which are owned by the readers who post them. Comments do not represent the views of Reason.com or Reason Foundation. We reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason at any time. Report abuses.

  1. Just a guess, but aren’t projects done by the Congress’ priorities? That means they are done on the basis of which ones provide the most opportunity for graft and corruption.

  2. Gee, Nick, too bad you aren’t flying home from Johnstown, PA and your last name isn’t Murtha.

  3. My little hometown of 13,000+ got a coupla million for runway extension so small commercial and corporate jets could use it. The Dothan commercial airport is 15 miles away. The reason we “needed” the money was just in case some executives were scouting a location for new industry, they wouldn’t have to drive the 20 minutes from Dothan. There has been a flurry of improvements at several of the area’s small general aviation airports.

  4. Money for projects such as hangars “could likely be better used on higher-priority projects

    Discrimination is bad- mmmmkay?

  5. We should scrap the Hoover Dam!

  6. Government good! Hurr durr! Freedumb bad! Me want trowel to apply ointment to Mommy’s afflicted area! Be good boy!

  7. Well I got paid for most of 2009 from a FAA funded podunk airport expansion.

Please to post comments

Comments are closed.