While we all were being fairly disgusted by the Debt Ceiling Debacle, the FAA shutdown received a little less notice. According to an ABC News report I caught tonight, here are the results of that one.
- A few thousand people have been out of work while it went on.
- "Essential" personnel were asked to donate(?) their time for the interim.
-The airlines continued to collect the $30 surcharge on every ticket sold -- the one that's a tax to pay for the FAA. The airlines are, of course, keeping the money. Sweet!
-The Senate ultimately agreed to the same thing the House agreed to a couple of weeks ago. No idea why it took them so long.
-The legislation was aimed at saving $16 million in expenditures.
-The shutdown cost $390 million in lost revenues.
Way to go Congress!
I've never been a fan of term limits and I happen to like a number of Representatives and Senators, but I'm starting to have this dream of voting out every incumbent in the next sets of elections until every seat has a new ass in it.
P.S. I've finished The Magician King and I'll have a review up soon. Also I need to get out and shoot some pictures for this week's Thursday Photo Challenge. Also, I need to post stuff here more regularly. I've been remiss and I shall do better.