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The Boeing MAX 8 Accidents

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MARC Rider

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Interesting that the US House report didn't add they, too, have a major responsibility since Congress controls the FAA, its budget, and its available resources.
First of all, do we really want Congress routinely micromanaging aircraft certification? The point about Congress's role in what is presumably a declining (relative to inflation) FAA appropriation) is probably valid, but this has been a fact of political life since 1980 when the electorate decided that they wanted less government. It's probably up to other major players in public life to point this out and work to change the overall climate regarding spending for regulatory agencies.
 

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First of all, do we really want Congress routinely micromanaging aircraft certification? The point about Congress's role in what is presumably a declining (relative to inflation) FAA appropriation) is probably valid, but this has been a fact of political life since 1980 when the electorate decided that they wanted less government. It's probably up to other major players in public life to point this out and work to change the overall climate regarding spending for regulatory agencies.
Congress is supposed to make informed decisions about stuff and make it happen (Remember? The greatest deliberative body in the workd and what not? Phrases used when they wish to pat themselves on the back?). They have failed in their duty as far as managing many of the regulatory bodies go, not just the FAA. The FRA is another example of a royal mess. The entire setup where a single body is supposed to regulate the same entities whose businesses they are supposed to help grow has a built in conflict of interest within it. Who set that up?

Of course, specific instruction to the FAA to contract out some critical functions was lunacy of the first order and not giving any push back to it was baffling to start with. Now that the inevitable happened everybody is acting dumbfounded. Now Congress (and the executive branch) are busy trying to figure out how to deflect responsibility onto everyone except themselves, who enabled the development of this mess.

If you study the development of the illegal immigration mess, most of it can also be traced back to irresponsible and incompetent handling of it by the Legislative and Executive Branch in collusion starting with the Reagan Administration. Now of course it is everyone else's fault, not theirs.
 
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Where's Harry Truman when we need him? Anymore, "The Buck Never Stops Anywhere."

I place the blame on the leadership of the FAA and Boeing. There is "rot" at the FAA as well as at Boeing that needs to be excised. Is Congress responsible? In part, yes, because part of their job is Oversight of the work of the Federal government. I have opinions as to why this particular function is not being done as well as it might. But, because some might consider my thoughts to be somewhat political and not related to this thread, I won't post them.
 
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