Under Paul Ryan’s Budget, Tampa Might Not Know About TS Isaac
If Mitt Romney is elected and Paul Ryan’s supposedly brilliant budget gets signed into law, delegates to the next Republican National Convention might have a difficult, dangerous time getting to their destination:
Back in March, I asked Third Way’s budget expert David Kendall if he could update some of his numbers for Ryan’s budget. Under Ryan’s plan, for instance, spending on transportation would be 26.1 percent lower in 2014 than it is today. If that size cut was applied to, say, air-traffic control programs, Kendall noted, “there would be 3,092 more flight cancellations and 68,683 delays annually. At the U.S. average of 49 passengers per flight, that’s enough to strand 151,503 more people at the gate and make 3,365,685 more people late every year.”
And heck, pray tell that convention isn’t held somewhere along the Gulf coast. Convention-goers might fly straight into the jaws of a hurricane, and not even know it:
Likewise, spending on natural resources and the environment would be 14.6 percent lower under Ryan’s budget in 2014 than it is today. Assuming those cuts hit all programs in this category equally — and, again, this is for illustration purposes — then this is how it would affect weather forecasting. “Our weather forecasts would be only half as accurate for four to eight years until another polar satellite is launched,” estimates Kendall. “For many people planning a weekend outdoors, they may have to wait until Thursday for a forecast as accurate as one they now get on Monday. … Perhaps most affected would be hurricane response. Governors and mayors would have to order evacuations for areas twice as large or wait twice as long for an accurate forecast.”
So hell yeah! Vote Republican. What could go wrong with a weather forecasting infrastructure consisting of outlooks on hills sticking wet fingers in the air, looking for approaching clouds.