Originally Posted by rubyjean
Thank you, I agree, after 50 yrs. going up in Comm. Fisheres Ind. I have never needed to call CG other than asking for a bar report. Common sense is all that's needed, other than actual experence. Any time I'm in an area that I've never sailed I talk to the local comm. fishermen. They will give you a clue about there area. Just common sense.. Michael..
The Coast Guard spent 10.3 percent of its $6.1 billion operating budget
on search-and-rescues last year. You think you're not paying for your boating with your tax dollars?
Clueless is when you refuse to account for the real cost of things. USCG S&R does not pay for itself with pixie dust and leprechaun fuzz.
In District 7, which stretches from the coast of Crystal River south to the Fort Myers
beaches, the Coast Guard carried out 1,300 search-and-rescue missions in 2008.
One search in February/March of 2009 cost $1.6 million. The three-day search covered more than 20,000 square miles and required 230 combined hours of Coast Guard aircraft, cutters and a motor
All that money
went toward fuel
and other operating costs of the two high-powered C-130 Hercules fixed-wing aircraft, two Jayhawk helicopters, a 179-foot cutter
, and other expensive vessels that combed the gulf.
Hoping people will use common sense is what brought us the real estate bubble and eventual housing crisis as well as the catastrophe we presently have on Wall Street.
If the States were doing such a bang up job we wouldn't be spending $620,800,000.00 a year on USCG search and rescue
Now if I was a taxpayer who wasn't a boater I would be pretty pissed off at paying for your boating hobby. I'm a big advocate of pay to play. I don't expect others to pay for my hobby.
Putting in place regulations and licensing requirements that insure minimum level of education for a pass time which may require your eventual rescue
at taxpayer expense is hardly unreasonable given the cost to taxpayers.
Originally Posted by psneeld
The USCG did not exist until 1915. President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the "Act to Create the Coast Guard," an act passed by Congress on 20 January, 1915 that combined the Life Saving Service
and Revenue Cutter Service
to form the US Coast Guard.
With the exception of times of war the USCG has been under the Treasury Department (my bad, I did not mean Commerce) until 1967. It wasn't until Executive Order 167 81 transferred the Coast Guard from the Treasury Department to the newly formed Department of Transportation.
The militarization of the CG and shift from largely commerce supporting activities (save for drug interdiction) happened when the Coast Guard was formally transferred from the Department of Transportation to the newly created Department of Homeland Security
March 1, 2003.
I'm familiar with the history
, I have had a number of family
members in the CG, one of which resigned months after the transfer to DHS after 22 years of service.