As flight delays increase, so does the finger-pointing in Washington

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edgyinchina wrote:

It’s your fault… No, it’s your fault… NOOOO, it’s your fault… NO…IT IS YOUR FAULT ! ! !

Apr 23, 2013 9:42pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
gitmojo wrote:

Blame the guy that signed the bill….Obama.

Apr 23, 2013 10:34pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Liberty1st wrote:

Some government bureaucrat must have figured out these are the least valuable federal employees. So they get cut while others stay.

Apr 23, 2013 10:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Hillcountrytx wrote:

“”"”But polls indicate more Americans blame Washington’s problems on congressional Republicans”"”"
Bull Hockey – More lies from the left stream media.

Apr 23, 2013 11:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
CountryPride wrote:

We can’t even get our airplanes off the ground anymore, but hey, we need millions of illegal foreign criminal invaders to become legalized ASAP! End the failed multicultural experiment and sanctuary policies! End the leeching of US taxpayer funded public services by these criminal foreigners and their ancwhores!

Apr 24, 2013 1:09am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ForTehNguyen wrote:

how come when you go to the FAA flight delay status website everythings green?

Apr 24, 2013 8:19am EDT  --  Report as abuse
MelAnosis wrote:

Classic Obama administration attempt to blame their opposition for a proposal (sequester) created. If an agency cannot cut pork to achieve a very small funding drop then its leadership should be replaced. The DOT and FAA have many absurd programs they are wasting money on. Hopefully the public will realize they are being manipulated for political purposes by Obama. Hopefully they will see this as an attempt to justify his Armageddon tour a few months ago. If not, they are chumps and don’t deserve any sympathy

Apr 24, 2013 8:24am EDT  --  Report as abuse
SoWhat123 wrote:

Regan fired the whole bunch and had fewer problems. If a 2.5% cut in a 6% budget increase for a department with a 10% reduction in work load causes this then we are as stupid as they think we are.

Apr 24, 2013 8:28am EDT  --  Report as abuse
bflat879 wrote:

It’s pretty simple, with the percentages we’re talking about cutting, for this administration to be cutting what it is, shows a complete lack of leadership. We all know community organizers don’t know how to do this stuff but you’d think they could get someone around them who could. In Obama’s case, he has no one capable of saving 2% anywhere because they’ve never been in a position where they had to, they’ve all been on the government payroll and believe that’s how things work.

He’d better hope the Republicans don’t get someone who can explain that cutting 2% of the growth of something doesn’t mean less money.

Apr 24, 2013 8:53am EDT  --  Report as abuse
grizzmann wrote:

Obama’s sequester plan, make sure you are not contradicting what we said the impact would be.

Apr 24, 2013 9:12am EDT  --  Report as abuse
teeter1 wrote:

A few numbers for perspective:

During the same period that the FAA budget rose from about $11 billion to $16 Billion, flight traffic has decreased 27%…..and now, for some reason, they can’t survive with $15.2 billion.

Apr 24, 2013 9:17am EDT  --  Report as abuse
MagorRight wrote:

Imagine if the government went on strike or staged a work slow down for more money. That is whats hppening with the FAA.

Apr 24, 2013 9:35am EDT  --  Report as abuse
NeoConVet wrote:

Why are there more Flight Controllers today VS several years ago and we cannot maintain coverage? Me thinks the WH is mandating pain to the public for political gain!!! Now that is service Union Style!

Apr 24, 2013 9:37am EDT  --  Report as abuse
InExile wrote:

The White House did say they would make this as painful as possible on the citizens. And as usual, budget cuts are always made in such a way to hurt in the most visible way. School budget cuts? Cut programs to hurt the children first (nothing managerial). City budget cuts? Make sure the Police and Firefighters are cut first (again nothing managerial). FAA budget cuts? Make sure the citizens are hurt by making the cuts to the front line. Oh, and make sure we get rid of those nasty White House tours first! We’ll do our best to make sure those folks believe without the government, everything will spin out of control! I’m getting real tired of being told that I’ll have to give more of my hard earned pay to the the Federal government so it can survive. I and my family need to survive first!

Apr 24, 2013 9:41am EDT  --  Report as abuse
MarvLS wrote:

The purpose of these targeted “cuts” is to inflict pain, which the propaganda media will dutifully report, and the mind-numbed public will accept on its face as proof of how evil “right-wingers” are and how caring and benevolent Obama is.

It’s all a crock. Spending is going up. There are NO CUTS!!!! Obama is just playing with the allocation of funding in order to further his political agenda. This is a dereliction of duty and another of many impeachable offenses committed by this jerk.

If he was a Republican, the media would be demanding his head.

Apr 24, 2013 10:04am EDT  --  Report as abuse
calabash72 wrote:

Nice story without fact.
Fact 1. There were no cuts to spending. The cut was to the increase
2. The president was given the authority to move money to needed programs but the dems blocked the measure and the coward pres did not use his power to take over the spending measure.
3. Everyone in the FAA got a pay increase this year. Did you get one?
4. Had everone in Gov’t taken a 2% increase there would be money left over to run the country and none of this silly business would have happened.
Why don’t you put these facts in your story? Would look bad to Dems in office and you would be fired for telling the truth.

Apr 24, 2013 10:09am EDT  --  Report as abuse
belgay wrote:

There is no way that a five percent cut in any government agencies budget will have any serious impact on services. Having been employed in the public sector for almost 30 years I can tell you that if every department including the military was advised to cut 10 to 15 percent from their budget they could still perform their mission. That how much waste there is at every level of government. Instead of finding the waste in their departments the bureaucrats try to scare the general public with unnecessary cuts and furlough days.

Apr 24, 2013 10:15am EDT  --  Report as abuse
susanknight wrote:

The FAA workforce has consistently grown while flights have consistently decreased so the furloughs make perfect sense. We all know why Obama and the FAA are delaying flights.

Apr 24, 2013 10:39am EDT  --  Report as abuse
jaham wrote:

According to Jay Carney: “the sequester was one of the ideas put forward, yes by the president’s team.”

So, it was:

1) Conjured up by Obama’s team (Democrat)

2) Passed by the House (Republican)

3) Passed by the Senate (Democrat)

4) Signed by the President (Democrat)

Also consider that Senate Democrats passed no alternative to the sequester while House Republicans have passed numerous legislation since to avert it (See: HR 5652, HR 4966, HR 6688). Republican attempts to pass an alternative bill to effect more pragmatic cut sin the same amount prompt Obama to state: “Already, some in Congress are trying to undo these automatic spending cuts. My message to them is simple: No. I will veto any effort to get rid of those automatic spending cuts – domestic and defense spending. There will be no easy off-ramps on this one.” – Obama November 2011

Apr 24, 2013 11:25am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Wyrdless1 wrote:

This won’t end well for the democrats. Jay-Z concert in white house? no problem. Saturday delivery at the cost of 7 billion dollars a year? no problem.

Want to go camping on public land. PROBLEM. You must have a nanny to watch you, and if we can’t afford a nanny, you can’t go on your own land.

Apr 24, 2013 11:47am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Fastgirl wrote:

Those of you that voted for Obama I hope you enjoy your extended time at the airport. Elections have consequences.The idea for the Obamaquester came from Obama.

Apr 24, 2013 11:55am EDT  --  Report as abuse
USAPragmatist wrote:

You righties really are funny, Obama has actively been trying to avoid the sequester since it became clear that political dysfunction in Congress caused them to be unable to reach a deal on an actual plan. Yet somehow the sequester suddenly becomes Obama’s plan. It is so idiotic a conclusion that one has to laugh, otherwise one would be completely dumbfounded.

And you all also saying he is causing the pain, but if he made an Executive Order or two to try and spare the furloughs then you would accuse him of things like ‘avoiding congress’, ‘acting like a king’ or ‘he must be impeached’. Let em know if you all ever come back to planet Earth and leiv in reality along with the rest of us.

Apr 24, 2013 12:09pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Mark-S wrote:

Time to privatize the FAA. If the govt can’t manage their budgets properly then they need to go.

Apr 24, 2013 12:28pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

When your waiting at the airport you can thank you Gov’t for punishing you that they should be asked to live within their means.

Apr 24, 2013 12:36pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Timbuk3 wrote:

If the House GOP thinks that it is so easy to cut spending without affecting services, then why haven’t they done that instead of enforcing and every-sub-dept-needs-to-cut-8% rule? It is not that easy.

Everyone who thinks that all the waste is management, please imagine an armed forces without generals and leutenants, just a bunch of soldiers running around shooting stuff.

This is what shared sacrifice looks like, less services, longer lines. Get used to it.

Apr 24, 2013 12:45pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
RalphCanine wrote:

The flight delays are just more political theater, with the Obama administration attempting to bully the American people in order to get higher taxes and bigger government. By some miracle, flights serving the Washington DC area are not delayed. Wonder how that happened? If you miss your connection and get stranded in some airport for 12 hours, enjoy the hopey-changey stuff you voted for.

Apr 24, 2013 12:47pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
PeterK10 wrote:

The fault lies with us for electing these morons in the first place and for re-electing them again and again.

Apr 24, 2013 12:48pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
chekovmerlin wrote:

Congress voted for sequester. Congress couldn’t agree on a plan to avoid sequester. Congress has to live with their decision. The problem is these seven year old brats who are spoiled don’t want to face up to the fact of what they did. They are having the tantrums of spoiled 7 year olds. They don’t want to live with their decisions. Too bad. Like all adults, live with your decisions.

Apr 24, 2013 12:58pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
chekovmerlin wrote:

The sequester called for cuts across the board. Congress agreed to it and the President signed it. Congress has the power of taxation and budgets (House of Representatives) under Article I, Section 8, Para 1 of the U.S. Constitution. Live with it.

Apr 24, 2013 1:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
chekovmerlin wrote:

The sequester called for cuts across the board. Congress agreed to it and the President signed it. Congress has the power of taxation and budgets (House of Representatives) under Article I, Section 8, Para 1 of the U.S. Constitution. Live with it.

Apr 24, 2013 1:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
2king wrote:

There is no “shortage” of air traffic controllers. The furlough HAS driven the Commander-In-Chief to determine that one of the best courses of action to save money through rolling furloughs, true, but the amount of overtime available to the controllers HAS NOT been limited!! Plenty of air traffic controller capacity.

The “shortage” is being created by the air traffic controllers union and the administration.

Sad day in America when the country’s leadership and the unions intentionally inflict harm on the American People for their own gain. Sad day.

Apr 24, 2013 1:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
gjhinc wrote:

Let’s see. Do I need another reason to dislike; air travel in general, all of the airlines, 99% of US airports, the TSA, the manipulative politicians on both sides of the isle, the media for completely disporting another story? Nope. Thanks, I’m all set.

Apr 24, 2013 1:49pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
gjhinc wrote:

Let’s see. Do I need another reason to dislike; air travel in general, all of the airlines, 99% of US airports, the TSA, the manipulative politicians on both sides of the isle, the media for completely disporting another story? Nope. Thanks, I’m all set.

Apr 24, 2013 1:49pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
n_slash_a wrote:

Delay the rich people’s flights all you want, so long as I my free Obamaphone, free food, free rent, and free utilities.

- Undocumented Democrat

Apr 24, 2013 2:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
brickhouse wrote:

There are no significant flight delays. All this news is much ado about quite literally nothing.

Apr 24, 2013 2:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
brickhouse wrote:

There are no significant flight delays: http://www.fly.faa.gov/flyfaa/usmap.jsp. This whole story is much ado about quite literally nothing. The real story is why *this* story is being perpetuated.

Apr 24, 2013 2:21pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
jaham wrote:

@pragmatist said: “You righties really are funny, Obama has actively been trying to avoid the sequester since it became clear that political dysfunction in Congress caused them to be unable to reach a deal on an actual plan. Yet somehow the sequester suddenly becomes Obama’s plan.”

That’s interesting because, according to Jay Carney: “the sequester was one of the ideas put forward, yes by the president’s team.”

So, it was:

1) Conjured up by Obama’s team (Democrat)

2) Passed by the House (Republican)

3) Passed by the Senate (Democrat)

4) Signed by the President (Democrat)

Also consider that Senate Democrats passed no alternative to the sequester while House Republicans have passed numerous legislation since to avert it (See: HR 5652, HR 4966, HR 6688).

Republican attempts to pass an alternative bill to effect more pragmatic cuts in the same amount prompt Obama to state: “Already, some in Congress are trying to undo these automatic spending cuts. My message to them is simple: No. I will veto any effort to get rid of those automatic spending cuts – domestic and defense spending. There will be no easy off-ramps on this one.” – Obama November 2011

Apr 24, 2013 2:39pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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