Assigned Reading: Wasteful Spending Has No Defense Now
(FROM: Charleston Daily Mail)
When I first touched upon the staggering waste of taxpayer money orchestrated by Pennsylvania congressman John Murtha for the Johnstown, PA airport bearing his name, I was preparing for an exam and, despite being outraged, could do little more than point readers in the right direction.
I’m going to do the same here — not because I’m in a time crunch (or any more than usual), but because no matter how hard I try, I could not do any better than the editorial appearing in yesterday’s Charleston Daily Mail. An excerpt:
The airport is just outside Johnstown, population 21,000. Thanks to Murtha, it has all kinds of federally funded goodies – a new terminal with a restaurant, an $8 million high-tech radar system that has never been used, a helicopter hangar, a motorized baggage carousel – and a taxpayer subsidy of $147 per passenger, double the national average.
Not that there are many passengers.
The airport has only six flights a day – all to the same location, Washington, D.C. – and each flight carries an average of only 20 passengers.
“Inside the terminal on a recent weekday,” the Post reported, “four passengers lined up to board a flight, outnumbered by seven security staff members and supervisors . . . . For three hours that day, no commercial or private planes took off or landed.”
Yet when Democrats passed the $787 billion “spendulous” bill earlier this year, what project should get another $800,000?
Murtha’s airport, which will have its second runway repaved.