LaHood: These sequester cuts are going to be super painful for the flying public

posted at 4:01 pm on February 22, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

As Peggy Noonan and Ed already opined this morning, all of the scaremongering over the sequester coming from the Obama administration is getting just a tad on the overly dramatic side, with all of the dire predictions about the many ways in which our societal infrastructure will crumble in on itself — and it looks like the White House has identified one of those talking points as having maximum Chicken-Little impact on the general public. Bringing out the Obama administration’s most high-profile ‘Republican’ to do the talking, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood insisted that sequester cuts are “going to be very painful for the flying public” in terms of the delays and cancellations that will start up when the FAA starts furloughing employees:


More from Roll Call:

“I would describe my presence here with one word: Republican,” LaHood said from the White House podium. “They’re hoping that maybe I can influence some of the people in my own party.” …

“I suggest that my former colleagues on the Republican side go see the movie ‘Lincoln,’ because in the move ‘Lincoln’ it shows how hard it was back then to get things done,” he said. “But what Lincoln did was he gathered people around him the way that I believe President Obama is doing by calling Republicans, talking to them, trying to work with them, and when that happens big things get solved.” …

Still, LaHood said, “What I’m trying to do is to wake up members of the Congress on the Republican side to the idea that they need to come to the table, offer a proposal so that we don’t have to have this kind of calamity in air service in America.”

Hold up: It’s actual news when the president bothers to merely telephone the leaders of his opposition in Congress (the same day he shamelessly demagogued the bejeesus out of their motives, by the way), but Obama’s political wheeling-and-dealing tactics are like Lincoln’s? …Rand Paul, for one, is not impressed with the way the White House is playing this:

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Bmore on February 23, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Here’s the one thing about the sequester that does make me mad……our full-time National Guard technicians (military, but who’s pay comes out of the civilian pay pot of money) are going to take a 20% pay cut for the remainder of 2013, or be dropped entirely if they are on a temporary full-time status. These are folks who wear the uniform every day to work and are serving their country just like any other full-time soldier, but they are being furloughed! It’s just one more way that our members of the National Guard have gotten the shaft pay and benefits-wise when compared to the active duty.

Chuckie on February 24, 2013 at 5:00 PM

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