First class warfare: Sequestration foes rally for Congress to fund #PeopleNotPlanes

The administration’s sequester scare campaign fizzled when Americans awakened March 1 to business as usual. We were warned, though, that the real pain wouldn’t be felt for a while. And as though flights had never been delayed before, the White House and the media found a way to connect the House GOP to real-life sequester effects: those long lines on the tarmac were the fault of indiscriminate budget cuts by the heartless, soulless animals in the Republican party.

Would moving some money around via the speedy passage of the Reducing Flight Delays Act placate the masses? Of course not. The White House called it nothing more than a temporary Band-Aid, and others saw it as nothing more than a self-serving move for Congressmen to speed up their weekend flights home while children and old people starved. Can Twitter hashtag campaigns convince the president to veto the FAA fix? Which sounds better, #PeopleNotPlanes or #FlightsOverFood?

Time for a quick hijack?

  • Gloves Donahue, Jr.

    Remember what it was like when we didn’t have a crackpot in the White House working to punish the American people every time he didn’t get his way?

    • CatHerder

      Barely. Then again, my memory’s not what it used to be.

    • lainer51

      can’t remember anything since last week, too much crap going on everyday in this WH to keep it straight!

  • Roto

    If only there would’ve been a strong President who said to heII with the ATC union and fired them all to set an example……. oh wait…

  • Axelgreaser

    AIR TRAFFIC SEQUESTRATION? Didn’t Ray LaHood just add controllers because they claimed they were short staffed & falling asleep? Good Lord, worse, wasn’t it about a year ago that some pilot fell asleep at the wheel and veered miles off course before he ‘work up?’ And what was the story? That he and the co-pilot were on ‘computers?’ It’s getting very confusing keeping the various infractions straight. And haven’t we even discovered that unqualified people are taking over flying responsibilities beyond their rating so worn out crew members can get some shut-eye? Seems like I remember that ended fatally. And that doesn’t even speak to the drug and alcohol abuse among over-worked flight personel that have caused ‘in flight’ melt-downs. Nice going Obama. You fly AF1 at $180.000.00 an hour operating costs at taxpayer’s expense and so you don’t worry about crashing into someone’s home in the middle of the night.

    Obama adjectives: Inexperienced, radical, insensitive, arrogant, dispassionate, tacky and punitive to name a few.

  • CR

    Gov creates agency to regulate airspace. People pay their own money to fly in that air space. Gov screws up their part of the deal (surprise, surprise!).

    Fixing the mess they made for paying customers be interfering in the free market SHOULD be a higher priority than paying for a failed preschool program that they never should have been paying for in the first darn place.

    • Roto

      From WSJournal – “Flyers directly fund two-thirds of the FAA’s budget through 17 airline taxes and fees — about 20% of the cost of a $300 domestic ticket, up from 7% in the 1970s.”

      Damn, those of us in DOD would sure like private funds going into our budget, but it’s against the law.

      • CR

        Ah. So this is just another example of the gov. giving some of the people some of their money back while likely squandering the remainder.

        What do you want to bet a larger percentage of the people flying on airplanes are taxpayers who pay, in general, to support the government as compared with the people who are relying on head start to babysit the children they can’t support and shouldn’t have had in the first place…

  • Red Fred

    Who cares about you rich people and your flight delays, don’t you realize there’s a war on women? My birth control is more important than you’re getting to work to pay for it, oh wait..

  • Cal

    Privatize it. There, problem solved.

  • lcky9

    As I remember it there were ALWAYS delays.. these people are ONLY worried about their jobs.. LESS passengers (decrease of 26%) MORE workers hired.. and they still can’t get the planes off the ground on time.. they can tell some 6 year old their problems.. the INFORMED taxpayers know it’s a bunch of BS..time to FIRE 26% of the controllers..

  • Roto

    Too bad our idiot President wouldn’t make Eqypt, et al. feel the pain of sequester instead of sending them foreign aid and arms.

  • $35072932

    Just remember that Sequestration Was Obama’s Idea:

    Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT): Sequestration Was Obama’s Idea

    Jay Carney Admits Sequester was the President’s idea

    Sperling Admits Obama Misled in Debate: The President Did Propose the Sequester

    White House economic adviser Gene Sperling admits that, yes, in fact, the sequestration was President Obama’s plan:

    WH Adviser Gene Sperling: We Did Put Forward The Framework Of Sequester

    • ImANiceGuy

      You tube is a funny place for a source, wouldnt you agree?

    • $35072932

      BTW, some don’t seem to understand the point that the videos presented and the words spoken thereon are the source of the information.

      Such is the state of the Low Information Bunch these days…

      • ImANiceGuy

        If its on you tube its gotta be true! Nobody edits videos these days!

  • $35072932

    White House in Full Retreat as FAA Sequester Stunt Backfires
    The Obama administration’s second installment of sequester scare tactics is working about as well as its first go ’round. Run away.
    The point is that Democrats are desperate to extricate themselves from this mess, which they orchestrated in a bone-headed attempt to rile public anger against any spending cuts. Good luck with this, guys. Instead of hurting Republicans — which was the entire point — this entirely manufactured crisis has infuriated travelers, who inconveniently (a) seem to recall that the sequester was proposed and signed by Obama, and (b) aren’t buying the idea that a tiny reduction in the rate of spending increase is enough to justify disruptive furloughs. They’re right on both counts, and even some mainstream media outlets have taken the administration to the woodshed.