Over the last few months, countless experts have speculated about the tragic 737 MAX 8 crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia. Aviation experts, journalists, the manufacturer, congressional members, carriers, pilot unions, and even grieving families have all played a part in shaping a narrative of who to blame. This has morphed into a political David vs. Goliath-like atmosphere, quick to demonize a supposed devious manufacturer and a conspiring federal aviation administration (FAA). It has become a politicized three-ring circus of finger-pointing and an insatiable urgency to find a culprit. What is getting missed is what really happened.
The recent 737 Max 8 crashes have had a whirlwind of articles and information presented trying to figure out what happened. I’m adding to this group of speculators, but I believe we bring a unique perspective and background to the tragedy [I co-authored this article with Vaughn Cordle, CFA, also, a highly experienced airline pilot]. We wrote the piece with the sole intent of objectively looking at contributing factors in each of the crashes. We go into an in-depth review of released accident reports and data to determine our conclusion. In our opinion “pilot error” was the largest contributing factor to both these accidents, not the sole factor (Boeing is also culpable) but the most consequential. I hope you get out of this what we did, some valuable lessons learned.
An upfront admission…it is a long but worthwhile read…
You can read on my LinkedIn page or below:
A warning right off the bat. It is a long and possibly arduous read. The post covers the border security problem, some of its history, and overall effect on America. Lots of stats and varying perspectives that are needed to put the whole story together. A decision of this magnitude requires it.
So, let’s begin…
I can think of no better way to start this conversation than to highlight an article recently published by National Public Radio (NPR), “Many Presidents Have Declared Emergencies — But Not Like Trump Has”
The author’s logic or argument against President Trump’s emergency declaration speaks volumes to a larger concern in our government. Specifically, its ideological bondage to decades-old misguided U.S. security and diplomatic policies. Policies that have got us into unnecessary conflicts, promoted questionable defense priorities and nurtured an environment of foreign interests first. It is these maligned directions that have contributed to both Congress and the media misidentifying the gravity of the President’s “National Emergency Declaration.“
An emergency declaration so serious, that it is one of the most important of our time…
The following article was written by a friend of mine. A Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) who specializes in macroeconomics and investment analysis. Very knowledgable!
He does a very thorough job explaining the economic pitfalls the Green New Deal. It is a deep read covering several aspects of what the New Deal will cost you and our country…a disaster in the making!