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December 21, 2009

U.S. Limits Tarmac Waits for Passengers to Three Hours

Under the new regulations, airlines operating domestic flights will be able only to keep passengers on board for three hours before they must be allowed to disembark a delayed flight. The regulation provides exceptions only for safety or security or if air traffic control advises the pilot in command that returning to the terminal would disrupt airport operations.

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Airlines will also be prohibited from scheduling chronically delayed flights. Carriers who fail to comply could face government enforcement action for using unfair or deceptive trade practices.

I can’t think of a flight that I have taken since 9/11 that has boarded (much less) departed on time so part of me says “yeah finally”, but on the other hand I can see how this may cause problems. I definitely foresee a rise in the number of “safety issues” as the airlines revert to form and declare everything a safety issue so they can get around this rule.

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If your breathing you know that the Senate Health Care Bill was passed last night. No link deserved here because it would be like linking news that the sun rose.

Really?? Today, California is a by-the-numbers state tragedy. What was the first clue?

Unemployment is higher than 12.2 percent as of September. Business costs are almost 23 percent higher than other states on average.

Migration out of the state is at an all time high. A map by United Van Lines shows a strong demand for moving trucks as residents leave California for other destinations, particularly Texas.

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All of these indicators are the product of a toxic mix of liberal Democratic government — a steep progressive tax rate, an uncompromising regulatory regime, and budget-busting programs like MediCal (California’s Medicare system), generous state welfare benefits, and extraordinarily costly pay and pensions for state employees.

The state’s fiscal plight is so bad that earlier this year it had to resort to issuing IOUs when state coffers ran dry. According to the governor, California will have another budget deficit of as much as $7 billion through June, on top of the $7.5 billion deficit projected for the following year. That will create a shortfall of almost $14.5 billion.

And thanks to the special interests that control the state legislature, nothing is likely to change any time soon.

It’s tempting to laugh at the stupid Californian’s, but thats a mistake because if they continue on the road to failed statehood they have a good possibility of dragging the rest of us with them. California’s economy makes up 13% of the total US economy plus whatever feeder effect there is in other states. I don’t have numbers but I would bet that raise it’s total economic effect to somewhere around 20%. If it continues to collapse it will have a devastating effect on the rest of the country. Not only that but California makes up over 10% of the House of Representatives giving it outsized power in setting national policy. In other words our Californian overlords are in a great position to screw us all.

h/t via Instapundit

Megan McCardle has reactivated her twitter feed.

I like this – Stationary Biking gets boring some scenery would make it more enjoyable.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 22, 2009 2:30 am

    The trouble in California is caused by the San Francisco Bay Area and the Los Angles area, with now Sacramento added. The rest of the state suffers, yet with the population being overwhelmingly in those areas, there is nothing they can do. My poor sister is retired in the gold rush country, they’d love to move but they can’t get anywhere near what they have into their property. With taxes what they are it’s only going to get worse for them. Me? I’ll stay in Texas.

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