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I think I remember informing on a past post, I am retired, as an electrical engineer, from the FAA. I worked with many Air traffic Controllers in my 34 years. It's a difficult job, which I would be bored working in that environment. When you are busy you are very busy, especially at large capacity airports, like Chicago-Ohara, Atlanta, New York, Los Angelos and Dallas. You might be surprised that several smaller airports that cater to the smaller planes and jets can be just as busy as the larger airports with the bigger airframes. The Air Traffic Controllers that work in the enclosed and dark radar environments take a special control on focus and vision. I wouldn't make a good Air Traffic Controller, but I was satisfied with being a successful engineer.
The politics of this cutback in FAA workers is fools play. The politicians again have located a way to embarrass the Obama Administration. The President was pushed in supporting this due to sequester. What do you cut, your social security, oh no! Cut medicare, oh no! I know, lets cut all of Congress's pay. I'm sure that will work.
The FAA is not new to these cuts. In my past career, I was faced on three different occasions with taking unpaid leave because of budget cuts. Guess what happen when the budget was approved? We all got paid back pay for our time off. The Congressional part of our Government is a bunch of fools and imbeciles when it comes to working together on ways to negotiate budgets and their political standing.
Who's running the Government? It's not the President, don't believe what your teacher told you. It's Congress. It's the bickering, grand-standing and filibustering that goes on in the House and Senate. The Government Agencies, like the FAA only submit their budgets and are held responsible for due diligence in running a business. Yes, a government agency is a business, they just can't make a profit. A profit is prohibited by law, because they would be competing with private enterprise. Next time you see those Senate and House representatives talk about funding the Government try to catch their forked tongue sneaking out between their lips.