Dems retreat from Obama’s airport sequester squeeze
If any more proof was needed that the public isn’t buying Barack Obama’s ridiculous, and occasionally dangerous, sequester theatrics, Politico reports that “on Thursday, Democrats caved in and agreed to allow the Federal Aviation Administration to keep air traffic control towers running at close to full capacity.”
The Senate approved a deal late Thursday to ease the FAA’s burden following negotiations among both parties and the White House. The House is expected to take up the bill Friday, just before the congressional weeklong recess, so President Barack Obama can sign it.
While travelers may be relieved, some Democrats worry about saving the FAA while letting other domestic programs across the government suffer under the automatic budget cuts.
“I doubt the most disadvantaged citizens are flying on commercial aircraft,” said Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), who called piecemeal solutions “sequester budget Whac-A-Mole.”
Sounding a similar theme, top House aviation Democrat Rick Larsen (D-Wash.) lamented on C-SPAN that “no 3- or 4-year-old is going to call my office and say, ‘I’ve been kicked out of Head Start, replace that money.’”
Even when their latest scheme to punish Americans for defying them on tax increases is being routed, these Democrats just can’t help themselves with the class warfare rhetoric, can they? Does Senator Whitehouse – who, I assure you, does not travel to his offices, or head off on junkets, riding a bicycle cross-country – think that only the needs of “disadvantaged citizens” matter? So much for all that Democrat balloon juice about how they love and understand the middle class and small businessmen.
Also, does he have any idea how much these airport delays would end up costing American business, particularly if they got even worse during periods of high traffic and inclement weather? If you’re wondering why Democrats deliver zombie economies marked by high unemployment, low economic growth, and off-the-hook government welfare spending, Whitehouse’s mindset helps to explain it.
Someone apparently needs to remind Rep. Larsen that Head Start is a gigantic government boondoggle with negligible educational benefits. Toddlers don’t have to call anyone’s office to secure more Head Start funding; it grows with the eager ministrations of the political class, regardless of how many studies emerge to confirm that it’s one of the least effective uses for education dollars. It’s also just about the least efficient way to provide taxpayer subsidies for day care, which is what the program amounts to in practice. The tendency of Democrats to bleat about Head Start during every discussion of fiscal restraint reveals its true purpose as a voodoo doll for torturing small-government reformers.
And in any event, it has absolutely nothing to do with Barack Obama’s war on American taxpayers, in which air traffic controllers were deliberately furloughed in order to deliberately create airport chaos, for the political benefit of the President.
Obama is lucky he doesn’t have enraged citizens lining up outside the White House with pitchforks and torches, but he’s still trying to double down and milk some political benefit from the hardship he’s inflicted on the populace:
The Senate’s fix may be good news for travelers, White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement Thursday night, but it’s “no more than a temporary Band-Aid that fails to address the overarching threat to our economy posed by the sequester’s mindless across-the-board cuts.”
“We hope Congress will find the same sense of urgency and bipartisan cooperation to help the families who have had children kicked out of Head Start, the seniors who have lost access to Meals on Wheels, the hard-working employees who have been laid off due [to] defense cuts, and the 750,000 Americans who have lost a job or won’t find one because of the sequester by acting on a balanced deficit reduction plan like the one the president has proposed,” Carney added.
Reminder: Obama has rejected every effort to make sequestration “cuts” in a sensible, flexible manner. Sequestration was his idea in the first place. It was only triggered because of absolute Democrat intransigence on making intelligent spending cuts without tax increases. Barack Obama created this “mindless across-the-board” threat, and he actively sustains it. It’s heartening to see the American people running out of patience with his constant efforts to beat more tax money out of them.
Update: The legislation to end air-traffic controller furloughs was approved in the House early Friday afternoon.