Congress cutting NOAA chart funding, I wonder?

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

2 Responses

  1. Dickie Baublitz says:

    This appears to be yet anothr trick from the Rick Santorum (R-PA) school of let’s sell the Federal Govt to the highest bidder. Does it surprise anybody that this comes on the heels of C-Map’s purchase by Boeing – a large overcharging Federal contractor. This is really a travesty. It speaks volumes about what those in DC think about We The People who give them their jobs. Remember this on the first Tuesday in Nov!!!!

  2. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    From a “former legislative aide”, via back channel:
    My guess that this is not a policy position of the administration or the congress. My guess it is at the request of one member acting on a request from some commercial marine cartographic company. It would be interesting to see who is behind this. Obviously driven by greed.
    There is plenty of opportunity for the commercial companies to make their profits from value added improvements to the NOAA data. I see this as completely not in the public good and a probably a violation of the ethic rules of congress if the member received compensation for this budget axe proposal. Be interesting to find out who’s finger prints are on this.

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