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Re: NOAA Apparently a Political Advocate President Obama (Thomas Point Broken)
I continue to notice some outrageously incorrect marine forecasting lately. More than usual. Not that one day proves anything, but we chose an anchorage on Sun night that really requires southerly winds to work and they were forecast as SE at 3-5 kts. We woke to NW winds honking at 14 kts.
I wish we knew the real story. Here are some possibilities:
1. The sequester picks cuts that will annoy the public for political reasons, even though other cuts actually make more sense.
2. The maintenance program for these buoys is a bureaucratic nightmare, requiring a crew of 37. 1 worker and 36 observers and they are trying to change it.
3. These buoys are simply unnecessary and there are better ways to forecast weather.
Not meaning to get political here, just a clarification. There is no constitutional requirement for Congress to actually follow a budget. There is protocol to have one and a rational person would think there should be one. However, they can authorize appropriations for whatever they chose, budgeted or not. My point is, these cuts are a choice. They may be made to balance the budget, reduce expenses, or whatever floats anyone's boat. That's fine. I'm just adding that the passage of a budget will be technically irrelevant to whether these are reinstated. A budget line item gives one's cause some tailwind, but it ain't over till Congress writes the check. You decide what motivates them to do so or not.
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In the harsh marine environment, something is always in need of repair. Margaritas fix everything.
Last edited by Minnewaska; 08-20-2013 at 07:04 PM.