Obama Bureaucrats Fueled Western Wildfires?

~ The Rebel ~ 2012/06/20 13:58:06

The Obama administration’s neglect of the federal government’s aerial tanker fleet raises acrid questions about its core public safety priorities. Bipartisan complaints goaded the White House into signing a Band-Aid fix last week. But it smacks more of election-year gesture politics: Too little, too late, too fake.

Ten years ago, the feds had a fleet of 44 firefighting planes. Today, the number is down to nine for the entire country. Last summer, Obama’s National Forest Service canceled a key federal contract with Sacramento-based Aero Union just as last season’s wildfires were raging. Aero Union had supplied eight vital air tankers to Washington’s dwindling aerial firefighting fleet. Two weeks later, the company closed down, and 60 employees lost their jobs. Aero Union had been a leader in the business for a half-century.

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  • A Founding Father 2012/06/21 06:15:20
    A Founding Father
    I believe the contract was removed from the proposed budget as part of the tea baggers' cuts they boasted of before the final appropriations were sent to the Senate from the House. Did you miss this part of the story? The baggers took special care to cut spending in California to show their contemp for a state that has two Democrat Senators.
  • marylou5 A Found... 2012/06/21 18:25:55
    Would you please provide documentation? I never heard of this at all and would like to find it. Thank you for pointing me in the right direction, if you would.
  • Always ... A Found... 2012/06/22 19:44:21
    Always Right
    Both the U.S. Government Accountability Office and the Department of Agriculture’s Inspector General have been critical of the Forest Service’s handling of the matter. All of this has been known to the Obama administration since it took the reins in 2009.
  • A Found... Always ... 2012/06/22 20:01:01 (edited)
    A Founding Father
    You are suggesting that a Federal Agency actually asked for it's budget to be reduced and it's assets diminished? That would likely be an event worthy of headlines in the WSJ and NYTImes, wouldn't it? Of course, that didn't happen. From the day that Obama took office the Party of No and tea baggers have been screaming for "reduced Federal spending". Well, here was a reduction of a seemingly obscure and unnecessary expenditure, and best of all, it was money that could be removed from California, that home of two Democratic Senators and a company right in the Capitol City, Sacramento.

    Appropriations bills originate in and are the responsibility of the House of Representatives, where Rep. Boehner presides. If budget cuts aren't desirable, then
    he should not demand them, and tell the tea baggers to go home.
  • Always ... A Found... 2012/06/22 20:17:33
    Always Right
    After months of dire red flags from a diverse group of politicians ranging from Texas GOP Gov. Rick Perry and Arizona GOP Sen. Jon Kyl to Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden and New Mexico Democratic Sen. Jeff Bingaman, President Obama finally signed emergency legislation last week to expedite the contracting process. Obama will borrow planes from Canada and provide $24 million for new aerial tanker contracts.
  • A Found... Always ... 2012/06/22 20:38:59
    A Founding Father
    Damn, there we go again, spending taxpayer's money on things to make Government larger and more intrusive into our lives. Where are all these
    RWNJs, the "patriots" who can "take care of ourselves" without the Govy?
    How many of them are out there on the fire lines in Colorado and Arizona
    today? Thousands, tens of thousands? Oh, oh, maybe I miscounted?

    Lesson learned? NO, the Party of No doesn't learn from experience else
    it would be pleading to escape from the clutches of the Reagan Banks and
    the destructive "conservative agenda" that pillages, plunders, and prevents
    having enough money with which to pay for the things we need, such as
    aerial tankers. Just a few days ago I read of the "positive numbers" posted
    by makers of private jet aircraft, reflecting that corporations were once again
    ordering great numbers of private jets to fly the CEOs and families to their
    homes around the world. Isn't there a story entwined here? While the fires
    burn for lack of tankers, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America have Gulfstream
    550s on order, at a cost of about $60 Million each, just to fly the CEOs to Aspen
    and Boca Raton, maybe to Paris for a shopping trip for the wife and kids, stop in
    Denmark for a day of skiing.

    If you see something wrong with these pictures of what we are, maybe you will give some thought as to how we can change our priorities to best serve the 99.8% who don't have access to private jets?
  • Always ... A Found... 2012/06/22 20:59:15
    Always Right
    “The Obama administration is scrambling now to help ensure the Forest Service has the air assets it needs to fight the ongoing inferno,” Colorado free-market environmental watchdog Sean Paige reported at MonkeyWrenchingAmerica.com last week. “But the crisis is bound to raise questions not just about whether the cancelled contract created additional weaknesses and vulnerabilities, but about what the administration has been doing over the past three summers to shore-up the service’s air fleet.”

    Where there’s smoke swirling over Team Obama there are usually flames of incompetence, cronyism and ideological zealotry at the source. The ultimate rescue mission? Evacuating Obama’s wrecking crew from the White House permanently. November can’t come soon enough.
  • ~ The R... Always ... 2012/06/22 21:22:46
    ~ The Rebel ~
    America doesn't have the planes ~ we need to borrow them from Canada?
  • Always ... ~ The R... 2012/06/23 01:38:13
    Always Right
    If you read the comment I made above, you'll see I mentioned that!
  • Philo® ~PWCM~JLA ✩ 2012/06/20 18:52:49
  • Pedro Doller ~Inc. 2012/06/20 18:45:31
    Pedro Doller ~Inc.
    They need the airplane money for Mooshel's vacations.
  • JoeM~PWCM~JLA 2012/06/20 18:36:08
    There is a 747 sitting on the ground that can do the work of more than 10 regular tankers. The forest service will not hire them.

  • Schläue~© 2012/06/20 14:12:39
    Fueled them.... how 'bout, started them also?

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