Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Dealing blows to business

In addition to suing the Federal Aviation Administration to try to stop or slow down closure of the airport control tower, the Friedman Memorial Airport Authority needs to ask Idaho’s Republican congressional delegation to explain why it helped deal this blow to local business and hard-working Sun Valley area residents.

U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and Second District Rep. Mike Simpson all voted for a bill called the Budget Control Act of 2011, which all Americans know now as “the sequester.” First District Rep. Raul Labrador voted against it in a political feint.

The sequester mandated across-the-board budget cuts that were to be so onerous that no leader in his or her right mind would ever let them go into effect. Yet, they did.

Idaho’s delegates to Washington, D.C., proclaim in every election campaign that they are great supporters of business. They proclaim that they want to protect existing jobs in the state and attract more businesses to expand the job base.

So how are Idahoans supposed to square the failure of its elected officials to stop the sequester with their public proclamations supporting business? Just how do the closures of airport towers in Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Lewiston and Hailey maintain and boost business?

The closures aren’t the result of any inability of the government to pay. They are the result of the poor performance of officials, including Crapo, Risch and Simpson, who continue to fail to get a workable federal budget in place.

Why aren’t these “champions of business” fighting for jobs every day instead of passively accepting mindless cuts that kill them?



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