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LASP, Congress & Rulemaking - A Disconnect

by John M. White |

These days it seems that when our legislators in Washington, DC disagree with the results of investigations by their own inspector generals or budget office officials they criticize them and urge Congress to disregard them and move forward with ill-advised plans despite evidence to the contrary. Putting aside health care for the moment, it seems that Subcommitte Chair Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Texas) agreed to hold hearings including general aviation input on revising the TSA's LASP (Large Aircraft Security Program) but criticized the Office of Inspector General for refuting a tv station's news report regarding safety at a general aviation airport. TSAbadge The reporters simply walked onto an airport and up to some aircraft but were unaware of the remote tv monitoring system at the airport. It seems Jackson-Lee trusts reporters evaluations more than her own Inspector General report. Sound familiar? Trust reporters and their observations more than an Inspector General's report? I guess when you hire someone to do an investigation and it doesn't fit your view you simply decide they are wrong and the news reporters know more! No wonder we have so many problems in this country. What these folks in Congress fail to acknowledge is that almost every law they pass has what are called "unintentional consequences" but they keep on legislating and passing these crazy laws the rest of us have to live with. I don't know about you, but I don't have a gas station under my office to refuel my car, I don't have a private post office or any of the other perks these folks have. If they had to live by the same rules as the rest of us I wonder if they would legislate differently? Despite all of this the good news is they are taking another look at the LASP program and hopefully something more sensible will result. Or is this a false hope? Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 I'd rather be lucky than good.

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