I laughed out loud at some of the things written in this article. I am not a controller, but I am a CFI who operates mainly in the midwest U.S. We have our fair share of busy airspace out here.
I have an awfully difficult time believing that a controller responded to your request for a deviation with "No deviations." The FAA ATC Order, the 7110.65, requires that controllers either approve deviations or suggest an alternative course of action (2-6-4). I'm not saying it's impossible for a controller to not abide by the order, but the likelihood of the scenario unfolding as you described seems highly improbable to me.
"Yet, somehow every summer we see fatal crashes from [controllers flying aircraft into dangerous situations] happening." This is quite a ridiculous statement, too. I have yet to talk to one controller who would purposefully vector or otherwise instruct an aircraft to enter an area of hazardous weather or to fly into an obstruction. A citation citing at least one example
Who said you can't tour ATC facilities? I've been touring them since 2009 without any issues. All it takes is a phone call and a few dates and times. Occasionally you have to wait for public tours, but they happen fairly frequently at the Class Bs.
This is a load of garbage. (It is huffpo, after all.) Regulation is not the solution to failing business models. You'd think in today's society people would actually recognize that, but no.
Airline mergers happened before regulation and are nothing we haven't seen before. Hardly a big deal.
So, if the airline is denying it, the union is denying it, and there is no data-proven increase in delays, what's the source for the claims? Just because you see something on the airliners.net forums doesn't make it news...
Sometimes, not all runways are visible. They do have ASDE-X (surface detection radar) and tower display workstations (these display radar approach controller scopes), however, so that they are aware of the location of all aircraft.