Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before Congress on Tuesday, May 24, was a spectacle rarely seen in Washington. Both Democrats and Republicans gave the Israeli statesman over 25 standing ovations during the 40-minute address. The Washington Post described the occasion in these words:
“The road is always better than the inn,” said the great Cervantes, who was no doubt wrong about other things as well. The road is not always better than the inn. The traveler who was robbed and beaten on the road to Jericho probably didn’t think so. Even absent the brigands, there are a lot of variables, including the condition of the road, the weather conditions, and, most importantly, where the road leads. There is, according to an authority greater than Cervantes, a broad way that leadeth to destruction and many travel it. There is also a road to salvation and, because it is narrow, few find it and fewer still take it.
William J. McGee, the consumer advocate on the Department of Transportation's Future of Aviation Advisory Committee, wrote "Forcing the F.A.A. to Fly Blind" in the New York Times (April 9, 2011), where he laments Congress' cut in the FAA budget, saying, "A $4 billion cut will necessarily reduce the work force further. And it's hard to imagine this will not diminish safety." Mr. McGee suggests there will be shortcuts in aircraft maintenance.