Ed Driscoll

Air Farce One

Compare and contrast:

Key moment in President Reagan’s first year in office: tough, no-nonsense stance in dealing with striking air traffic controllers who risked passengers’ lives and the health of the aviation-dependent American economy.

Key moment in President Obama’s first year in office:

The U.S. Transportation Department, billions of dollars behind in paying “cash-for-clunkers” rebates, has hired private contractors and solicited volunteers from the Federal Aviation Administration and its own executive ranks to work overtime to clear the backlog.

Keep ’em flying — or not — as the case may be.