Deroy Murdock: What if Congress had passed the Affordable Air Act instead?
Rather than let entrepreneurs and philanthropists help people take their first flights, Obama and a Democrat Congress concocted the Affordable Air Act. Big government, they reckoned, must race to the rescue. Instead of assisting those who never had flown, Obama and company overturned the entire aviation industry — for airlines and passengers alike.
Kayak.com, Priceline.com, and other companies already served passengers efficiently. But Obama insisted that his signature program construct its own website. So, Obama spent three years and $677 million on Airfare.gov.
Meanwhile, in what PolitiFact.com called its "Lie of the Year," Obama promised Americans 37 times: "If you like your plane, you can keep your plane. Period." Nonetheless, Obama infantilized passengers who were content in coach. They naïvely bought "substandard" seats, Obama snarled, from "bad apple" airlines.
Deroy Murdock is a New York-based Fox News contributor and a media fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University.
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