Monday, September 22, 2003

I got mine, screw you

Like Kos, I'm stealing from Atrios this morning by posting the following item from the Washington Post.

Speaking of contracting out, an administration move to privatize air traffic control at 69 airports has sparked opposition from labor groups, which contend it would compromise safety.

The administration had proposed 71 airports, but House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Don Young (R-Alaska), who supports the effort, got someone to strike the two Alaska airports on the list.

Young, on an Alaska cable TV show a week ago, acknowledged the move generated some heat.

"Of course the criticism of myself," he said, "is that I exempted the state of Alaska." But there were ample reasons for that, he said, ticking off a number of them.

"Lastly," Young said, "my hotel room is on the top floor of the Sheraton, and the airplanes take right off towards my hotel room. Every morning I look out and there's one coming right at me. It's an interesting experience and I want to make sure everything is done right in that field."

Explanation for the dim: Young just said that a privately run airport won't make him feel as safe as a publicly run airport. But he has no problem with letting everyone else in the country suffer from the increased danger that he doesn't want to personally worry about.

Thank you Rep. Young for presenting the clearest example yet of the sheer amoral nature of the modern Republican party: I got mine, screw you.

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