A series of recent events, backed up by press releases from the offices of politicos from City Hall to the United States Senate are leaving the GUARDIAN confused.
Most recent was a move to locate TRACON–the local aviation radar operators who sit in a dark windowless room–in Boise instead of a consolidated facility at the regional air traffic facility at Salt Lake. Seems Sens. Crapo and Risch, Mayor Bieter, and Congressman Minnick know better how to run the FAA. Without their expertise–if you believe the press releases– the public would pay an additional $25 million, safety would be compromised, and besides it means JOBS!
Then a survey by trained medical doctors and scientists left white potatoes (read that Idaho Spuds) off the list of approved WIC (welfare) fruits and vegetables. Again the congressional delegation comes to the rescue, advocating the spuds be placed on the list despite opinions of those uninformed nutritional pros who claim most people get plenty of potatoes in their diets anyway.
AMTRAK was able to scam the politicos out of $13 million to commission a survey into the need and “feasibility” of running trains through Boise. The politicos felt AMTRAK was off track in not offering service to Boise. Now $13 million later AMTRAK still is balking, but word on the street is they will get a rough ride at budget time for not realizing politicos better understand rail needs and financing than the people running the nation’s passenger trains.
Certainly no one can be critical of making cash available to banks so they can loan it to cities, GM, and major insurance companies. The beauty of this is they can do it without raising taxes.
What a country!
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