Okay - It’s all history now (the political primaries) and those of us with republican leanings will vote for Bush. I had an opportunity to meet both a figured George W was the lesser of two evils. I really did not like John McCain but I could not explain why using rational logic.
Now I know. He is a supporter of user fees for aviation (bad bad bad!). Recently he opposed the apointment of AOPA’s president Phil Boyer to the new FAA Management Advisory Council because AOPA opposes user fees.
Here is an excerpt from AOPA’s email newsletter:
Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John McCain has challenged the
appointment of AOPA President Phil Boyer to the new FAA Management
Advisory Council because AOPA opposes user fees. “General aviation
already pays its ‘user fees’ through federal fuel excise taxes,” Boyer
told McCain. “No, we don’t need to impose individual charges for air
traffic control services.” President Bill Clinton nominated Boyer to
be the voice of general aviation pilots and aircraft owners on the
council. The Senate Commerce Committee hearing was part of the
confirmation process for all nominees. In a terse exchange on May 4,
McCain pushed the user fees proposal. Boyer answered that the aviation
trust fund should be funded by the taxes that pilots and aircraft
owners pay when they purchase aviation fuel. McCain then asked MAC
nominees representing the airlines and pilot unions if they were for
user fees. Both supported a “performance-based” system that would
charge a user fee every time an aircraft used ATC services. Because
of AOPA’s continued opposition to user fees, McCain then told Boyer,
“I seriously question your qualifications for this council.”
It’s bad enough we have to export all of our Cirri to Europe However, we don’t want to import their user fees!
Just thought you might like to know.