Apr 19 2009
This has the best example of why there are no jobs coming out of DC for average America. It seems a liberal Democrat Congressman by the name Jack Murtha has been wasting our hard earned tax money on an airport with his name on it:
TheÂ John MurthaÂ airport sits on a windy mountain two hours east of Pittsburgh, a 650-acre expanse of smooth tarmac, spacious buildings, a helicopter hangar and a National Guard training center.
Inside the terminal on a recent weekday, four passengers lined up to board a flight, outnumbered by seven security staff members and supervisors, all suited up in gloves and uniforms to screen six pieces of luggage. For three hours that day, no commercial or private planes took off or landed. Three commercial flights leave the airport on weekdays, all bound for Dulles International Airport.
The key to the airport’s gleaming facilities — and, indeed, its continued existence — is $200 million in federal funds in the past decade and the powerful patron who steered most of that money here. Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.) is credited with securing at least $150 million for the airport. It was among the first in the country to win funding from this year’s stimulus package: $800,000 to repave a backup runway.
The facility, newly renamed the John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport, is a testament to Murtha’s ability to tap streams of federal money for pricey, state-of-the-art projects that are rare among regional airports of comparable size.
It is also a testament to the imperialistic egotistical waste from the High Priests of DC (who should be fired). Murtha’s monument to himself is stunning, with only 2% of its traffic being commercialÂ it is therefore notÂ worthy of Federal largesse (and we can guess the daily flights to Dulles Airport here in Northern VA are for Murtha himself). It should be funding itself, or footed by the locale.Â
Is there any better sign that DC only cares about its own creature comforts and monuments to its own and could give a rats ass about us real Americans?