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Bryan Preston

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October 7, 2013 - 9:00 am

Throughout his presidency, Barack Obama has repeatedly attacked private jet owners in speeches and comments. Now through the magic of the shutdown, he has the opportunity to attack aircraft owners, manufacturers and sellers more directly. And he is taking that opportunity good and hard.

While Congress debates how to end the government shutdown, Wichita general aviation planemakers, brokers and owners of airplanes can’t complete sales of aircraft because of the closure of a key federal office.

The shutdown is also affecting maintenance and repair facilities and other aviation-related businesses. And those in the aviation industry say the effects will get more painful with each passing day.

Sales of aircraft can’t close because aircraft registrations can no longer be obtained through the Federal Aviation Administration’s Aircraft Registry Branch in Oklahoma City. With the partial shutdown of the FAA, the registry office is closed.

The closure is unprecedented, according to GAMA officials. In previous shutdowns, the registry office was considered an essential function and remained open.

The shutdown is especially troubling because it comes at the start of the busiest time for aircraft deliveries. Traditionally, the last three months of the year account for 35 percent of all annual deliveries, Bunce said.

This closure is similar to the closure of privately managed parks, both because it’s unprecedented and because it strikes at the industries’ busiest times. The damage done now will be felt for a long time to come.

It’s looking less and less like we’re seeing mere Shutdown Theater; instead, it has become Shutdown Porn. Barack Obama seems to be aroused by the power he is wielding, and is seeking ways to express that power in brutal new ways with each passing day. He appears to love inflicting pain on as many Americans as he possibly can.

In a poll of its manufacturing members – which includes Wichita’s three general aviation planemakers – 12 new airplane deliveries scheduled to take place in the first two days of the shutdown were delayed and did not occur, according to GAMA. Over the next couple of weeks, 123 more are scheduled, according to the poll. Those will also be delayed if the registry office is not reopened.

The value of those 135 deliveries is $1.38billion.

AIC Title Service in Oklahoma City, which works with airplane buyers and sellers, is seeing the effects first-hand.

“It means we can’t access the aircraft registry records, which means you can’t do a title search; you can’t file documents,” said Chad Stanford, executive vice president and general counsel of AIC Title Service. “… The show is stopped.”

This is playing out all over the country. In ordinary times, Obama’s arbitrary and capricious flexing of power would remind Americans that it’s a terrible idea to put so much power into one person’s hands. It would remind Americans that our Constitution was set up specifically to rein in such a base person’s baser instincts, and that it includes a mechanism for disciplining such a person.

But are we still in ordinary times?

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Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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guess we now know what's the matter with Kansas. they vote republican.
42 weeks ago
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Why buy an American plane when you can buy a Brasilian one and not have to put up with the blackmailer in Chief?
42 weeks ago
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Well, the FAA has been passing new rules for decades now, all designed to shut down aviation. I could regale you with a long list of those, since I'm both a private pilot and an aircraft owner.

But I can tell you as a result of my years in the Pentagon, there are 3 little words that drive the budget process in DC: "MAKE IT HURT."

If someone tries to cut your budget, then you implement the reduction in the manner that will cause them the most pain.

But those are DC Rules, normally applied for budget battles inside the beltway. However, what we are seeing over and over again in the Obama Admin is that DC Rules are applied nationwide. These people have no practical experience outside the fever swamp of DC, and so they treat us all as if we were there, too.

We all now live Inside the Beltway.
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as Debbie said I'm impressed that someone able to get paid $4020 in four weeks on the internet.. .......:>WWW.JOBS60.ℂOM
41 weeks ago
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everything he has done in the last five years has been aimed at hurting the American people. this has been an opportunity for him to hurt them even more. I think he wants a debt default, as he hates this country.
42 weeks ago
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guess we now know what's the matter with Kansas. they vote republican.
42 weeks ago
42 weeks ago Link To Comment
Why buy an American plane when you can buy a Brasilian one and not have to put up with the blackmailer in Chief?
42 weeks ago
42 weeks ago Link To Comment
Well, the FAA has been passing new rules for decades now, all designed to shut down aviation. I could regale you with a long list of those, since I'm both a private pilot and an aircraft owner.

But I can tell you as a result of my years in the Pentagon, there are 3 little words that drive the budget process in DC: "MAKE IT HURT."

If someone tries to cut your budget, then you implement the reduction in the manner that will cause them the most pain.

But those are DC Rules, normally applied for budget battles inside the beltway. However, what we are seeing over and over again in the Obama Admin is that DC Rules are applied nationwide. These people have no practical experience outside the fever swamp of DC, and so they treat us all as if we were there, too.

We all now live Inside the Beltway.
42 weeks ago
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What do people think a political agitator does? He makes it miserable for as many people as he can to get his way.
42 weeks ago
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My city is thick with defense and aerospace contractors. Since the start of the "shutdown" I sure as heck haven't noticed a drop off in traffic at rush hour, or the number of government ID-wearing people walking around my company's sprawling park-like campus during lunch time. They're still coming in and eating in our cafeteria everyday. I'm convinced that this "shutdown" is targeted for shock and awe. The parts of the government that actually chew up budget resources are still functioning as "normal".
42 weeks ago
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Well, I think it'll get interesting when the interstates, the TVA, and all the power generating damns on the Columbia River are shut down in the Pacific Northwest; a sort of Federal blockade which, I suppose, could be construed as an uncivil act of war. I don't know what Beverly Hills and Disney Land will do without all that wind generated electricity, Immigrate to Davos Switzerland to enjoy their mandate based health care system? I believe the Swiss still have the requirement that every male serve time in the military and keep an automatic assault weapon at home in the closet, which could cause George Clooney some anxiety, but the old Mausers didn't seem to bother Lenin or Mussolini when they were enjoying their immunity in Geneva.
42 weeks ago
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Well, that's just chilling. The Interstate highway system is Federally owned. I'd never thought of that. Do you actually think our tin-pot dictator would close down the Interstates in his continuing temper tantrum?

What am I thinking. Of course he would.
42 weeks ago
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We're learning how far the Federales have insinuated themselves into everyday life.

We need a program to get them OUT and a program of Civil Disobedience to just to ignore them.

And anybody who enforces these laws must be made to pay a price.

“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?... The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin's thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If...if...We didn't love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation.... We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.”

42 weeks ago
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If the government refuses to do its job, go around them. I don't think it's written anywhere that government has a right to go on strike.
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