by Dave Blount | April 25, 2013 12:48 pm
In keeping with Obama’s policy of never letting a crisis go to waste even if the crisis has to be engineered, the ongoing air traffic control problem was deliberately and unnecessarily created by the government:
This week the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) began furloughing each of its air-traffic controllers for one day out of every 10 to achieve roughly $600 million in savings this fiscal year. The White House dubiously claims that the furloughs are required by the sequester spending cuts enacted in 2011.
Capitol Hill Republicans say the White House is free to make other cuts instead. House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster suggests the FAA first take a whack at the $500 million it’s spending on consultants, or perhaps the $325 million it blows on supplies and travel.
In case there’s any doubt about the President’s ability to prioritize, at least two GOP Senators, Jerry Moran and Roy Blunt, have written bills to clarify Mr. Obama’s authority to make sensible spending decisions. He’s not interested, and Senate Democrats have blocked such reforms. Making smart choices about federal sending would spoil the fun of creating flight delays and then blaming Republicans.
Obviously the insignificant temporary reduction in the rate of increase of government spending entailed in the sequester does not make it necessary to furlough air traffic controllers. Our federal overlords are taking in more money than any other government in the history of humanity. Even now the FAA wastefully flings our money to the four winds:
On Monday, as flight delays were hitting travelers at airports around the country due to these allegedly unavoidable cuts, the top story on the Department of Transportation’s website announced a $474 million grant program that promises to “make communities more livable and sustainable.”
[…Transportation Secretary Raymond LaHoodlum’s] website on Monday also announced that “DOT launches Women in Transportation History online exhibit.” No doubt all the female passengers waiting for a flight out of LAX will be ecstatic.
At least the FAA isn’t currently giving away free fighter jets to our Muslim Brotherhood enemies. That would be the State Department.
By some odd coincidence, airports servicing the federal Debt Star are unaffected.
The strategy is obvious: force travelers to stand around airports fuming for hours on end, while relying on their control of the media to convince the gullible that it is all the fault of Republicans for not being willing to seize sufficient funds from greedy capitalists. That air traffic control is too important to be entrusted to the government will occur only to the brightest.
If Obama has a genius, it is that no one else in a position of such authority ever had enough contempt for the American people as to think we would fall for this sort of stunt. Given that he was reelected, that contempt may be justified.
On tips from Varla and Clingtomyguns. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.
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