Monday, January 9, 2012

The Walker Budget Is Already Working! Part LVI

It's been said time and time again. When you take money away from the people who would spend it, the economy starts to go stagnant and then the businesses start to suffer.  It's no different in the world of travel:
A dramatic drop in traffic at Central Wisconsin Airport in 2011, combined with increasing fuel costs, has officials worried that 2012 could bring flight reductions that would crimp travel for people in the region.

More than 248,000 people flew into and out of CWA on commercial flights between January and November, a decrease of 14.5 percent from the same time period in 2010. Airport Administrator Tony Yaron blamed a sluggish economy and flight reductions by the airlines as reasons for the decline.
A few paragraphs after the ones cited above, it talks about a family who is fortunate enough to have enough money to take a number of trips, but even though they can do this, they need to make some sacrifices to do so (emphasis mine):
The family does not plan to cut back on its traveling in 2012, but will cut back on trips to restaurants and other spending to save money for trips to Wisconsin, Miami and Puerto Rico, Fox said.
While I'm not judging their decision, it needs to be pointed out that their decision, and similar decisions made by other people who might not be able to afford even the trips, will impact those local businesses and further damage the economy.

And so the Scott Walker-inspired downward spiral will continue.

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