Johnstown, PA, just 57 miles from Pittsburgh, PA, has an airport. It’s not a small time municipal airport however. It is large enough to land any commercial size jet that is built, and has all the latest technology that federal money can buy. How come you have never heard of the “John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport?” Well, it only has 3 flights and 3 departures daily, oh and they only fly to and from Washington, D.C.
You are shaking your head, I can see you! Rep. John Murtha (D-PA), the king of pork-barrel spending is responsible for this state of the art airport. Congressional earmarks were responsible, but the real world calls this “pork,” plain and simple. The $200 million dollar facility was built entirely from “appropriations” from Congress, but even so "When the flights are coming in, there are people. Other than that, it's empty," said Scott Voelker, manager of the airport.
How can this airport make money? Who told you it has to? Each and every ticket purchased gets a $100 subsidy from the federal government! That’s right, because Murtha is too lazy to drive to the Pittsburgh airport, we the taxpayer, pay him $200 dollars for a round trip ticket to Washington, almost the same amount he spends to buy his ticket! Even as late as the Stimulus Plan, he has added additional funds, including resurfacing an $18 million dollar runway that never gets used.
He refuses to comment on this, I suppose because he doesn’t think that any of this is our business.
This isn’t a new story by any means, but it does have a lot to do with the latest claims of the Democrats who claim that they will get rid of “waste in government” as if waste belongs solely to the Republicans.
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