The Sequester, Air Traffic Delays and Government Waste

Cal Thomas | Syndicated Columnist | Friday, April 26, 2013

The Sequester, Air Traffic Delays and Government Waste

The sequester is contributing to air traffic delays at major hubs around the country because the Obama administration is enforcing furloughs of air traffic controllers. It is extortion of the worst kind to get Congress to pass more tax increases.

Meanwhile, the waste continues. The government will spend $890 thousand this year on service fees for long-closed bank accounts. The government has at least 13,712 of such accounts with a zero balance.

No money for air traffic controllers, but money for closed bank accounts with zero balances. For ordinary people this does not make sense. For government it makes sense because they're spending our money, not theirs.

$890,000 isn't much when you consider a debt heading to $17 trillion, but it is an example of how our money is wasted. If you're old enough, you will remember how Democrats criticized $700 hammers and expensive toilet seats in the Defense Department's budget. At least we got hammers and toilet seats then for our money. With closed bank accounts, we get nothing.

I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.

Publication date: April 26, 2013