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February 19, 2006
Pay As (If) You Go

You though we were kidding, those of us who said the Bush Administration and their friends wanted to institute a "play if you can pay" system of government, but we weren't.

Airline passengers are facing paying for the cost of airline security for the second year in a row. Granted, Congress kicked it back last year and seem determined to kick it back again this year, but that doesn't change the fact that the Administration has tried twice to double costs to passenger.

Hawley said the increase reflects the administration's belief that passengers should cover the bulk of security costs.

Which in turn reflects the Bush Administration's belief that government shouldn't handle "services" for people. Any "services" that anyone needs, they'd better be ready to pay for, cash on demand.

What comes next? Taxing the people who live in flight paths if they want to be protected from having an airplane come down on their house?

Hawley offered no proposal but said if the fee plan were rejected he would have to recommend that some security operations be eliminated. He was not specific.

I'm betting that plan to provide a full staff of screeners for rich folks at the Kennedy IA heliport isn't one of the "operations" that's going to get cut.

Posted by AnneZook at 06:24 PM


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