Say what you want about President Trump, but it’s hard to deny the fact he’s doing a lot to improve the quality of the economy here in the U.S., and his latest move also reduces government bloat.
Not only has the president managed to help broker deals with major corporations to invest more money into job creation in America, he’s also now helping to privatize air traffic control systems, shrinking a bit of the size and scope of government. Nothing against air traffic controllers, but anything that reduces government control is a good thing.
The Washington Post is reporting,The White House on Monday formally endorsed a plan to spin off more than 30,000 federal workers into a private nonprofit corporation, separating the nation’s air traffic controllers and those who work on a $36 billion modernization program from the Federal Aviation Administration.
The Trump administration proposal essentially is an endorsement of a plan that failed to gain sufficient traction in Congress last year. It is in keeping with the desire of the administration and congressional Republicans to streamline government and transfer some functions into private hands.
President Trump said that during the Obama administration the FAA “didn’t know what the hell they were doing” in spending $7 billion to modernize the aviation system.
His proposal would transfer all the air traffic control assets — control towers, routing centers, and several billion dollars in tracking systems — to a private, nonprofit corporation without charge. Removing air traffic control operations from the FAA would allow it to focus solely on its role as a safety regulation, according to an administration blueprint of the plan.
“The current [aviation] system cannot keep up, has not been able to keep up for many years,” Trump said at a White House ceremony. “We’re still stuck with an ancient, broken, antiquated, horrible system that doesn’t work.”
Monday’s announcement launched a week in which the administration will focus on infrastructure, with Trump traveling to Cincinnati on Wednesday to discuss the movement of freight on inland waterways, and on Thursday he has invited mayors and governors to the White House to hear their infrastructure needs.
This is the kind of leadership our country has sorely missed, from someone who believes the private sector can do a better job than the government, an institution so inept it can barely handle mail delivery.
Let’s hope Trump continues to push things in this direction, as the less the government is responsible for, the better off we all are.
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]