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  •  The mistake way back when was declaring ... (6+ / 0-)

    air traffic controllers to be essential.  They're only essential if planes are flying. If it were to be decided all over again, I'd close U.S. air space, just as was done on 9/11 and for days afterward. I'd say Customs and Immigration inspectors aren't essential unless U.S. border crossings and ports are open, and then I'd order them closed.

    The present system allows the Tea Party types to say, "See, we really don't need government.  Things aren't all that bad."  They'd think they were bad when they couldn't go on their vacation, and when the store shelves started emptying.

    Bin Laden is dead. GM and Chrysler are alive.

    by leevank on Tue Oct 01, 2013 at 06:32:56 AM PDT

    •  This^^^ (2+ / 0-)
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      Amber6541, TrentinaNE

      If the inspectors are out, so should ATCs and TSA. Shut down the airline industry completely, not piecemeal.
      That would light a fire under Congress! They can't fly home!

      If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

      by CwV on Tue Oct 01, 2013 at 06:49:51 AM PDT

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