I don’t like any agency of the feral government, but right now I especially hate the FAA (almost as much as I hate the ATF, IRS, DEA, etc.).
I enjoy following the SpaceX Starship development down in south Texas. I’m excited to watch the next test flight. After several weather delays, it was scheduled to launch Thursday. Then the FAA decided to interfere.
The low-down slimy FAA pulled their flight permit (or whatever it is called) at the last minute; the morning of the planned test flight. And refuses to issue another one until their demands are met.
How does the FAA imagine they have “authority” to be issuing or withholding permits to anyone for anything? Wow, I hate that kind of arrogance.
They’ve demanded more info from SpaceX on the flight. As if they couldn’t have asked earlier, before the flight was scheduled. (The individual bureaucrat responsible needs to be sued as an individual for the entire cost of the preparations that were wasted.)
Obviously, the FAA is staffed with useless bureaucratic piles of crap throwing their weight around. They have no legitimate “authority” over anyone. But they’ll murder you to keep up the pretense if that’s what it takes.
The FAA went from being a useless bureaucratic annoyance to a threat to the future of the human race. An enemy of every human being.
If anyone can take them down, it’s Elon Musk*. I doubt it will come to that, but if it does I don’t think it will go the way they imagine. I can think of several things he could do– but I’ll let him come up with his own ideas which would undoubtedly be even better.
At a minimum, SpaceX needs to drop the fawning “and thank you to the FAA for…” that they recite at the end of each launch broadcast. Why thank your mortal enemy?
Abolish the harmful FAA. Use its ruins as a toxic waste dump– oh, wait, it’s already worse than that! No free country would put up with such a monstrosity.