Palin contract requires plane meet government safety standards

Those that have read Sarah Palin’s contract for speaking engagements might have missed this part. If she is flown on a private rather than commercial carrier – commercial carrier planes are all required to meet FAA standards – the private plane must meet or exceed the U.S. FAA safety standards. An admission that government and government regulation is not always a bad thing. The FAA is a department of the U.S. Department of Transportation. It was originally called the Federal Aviation Agency on its founding 1958 and later became the Federal Aviation Administration in 1967. There were historical steps to its current place as having the authority to regulate and oversee all aspects of civil aviation in the U.S. In 1926 the U.S. established the Air Commerce Act mostly at the urging of the aircraft industry that feared without a nationwide standard in aviation the commercial passenger and air freight business would never reach its potential without federal standards and regulation. Palin is still suffering from the cognitive dissonance and hypocrisy she revealed to the nation on the night of her acceptance speech to run for vice-president,

[W]hen the cloud of rhetoric has passed; when the roar of the crowd fades away; when the stadium lights go out, and those styrofoam Greek columns are hauled back to some studio lot—what exactly is our opponent’s plan? What does he actually seek to accomplish, after he’s done turning back the waters and healing the planet? The answer is to make government bigger—take more of your money—give you more orders from Washington …

The woman who made this complaint about big government taking your money is the governor of Alaska. Please take a moment to look at this U.S. Census chart showing federal-government expenditures, per capita, in the 50 states. You will observe that Alaska receives about $14,000 per citizen from the federal government. That’s more than any other state, and a good $4,000 more than every other state except Virginia, Maryland, New Mexico, and North Dakota.

Palin contract requires plane meet government safety standards