LaHood: Sequester will disrupt air travel even though we get more money for fewer flights now

posted at 1:21 pm on February 25, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

We picked on CNN’s Candy Crowley last week, so it’s only fair to highlight her effort here in demolishing Ray LaHood in his attempt to push the Nightmare on Sequester Street hysteria, FAA edition. Air travel will go haywire if the sequester cuts take place, LaHood warns, but Crowley notes that (a) even with the sequester, the FAA will have more money in this year’s budget than last year’s, (b) the cuts bring the FAA back to their 2008 funding level in real dollars, and (c) the level of domestic flights has dropped by 27% since 9/11.  So why the hysteria over the sequester? (via Eliana Johnson at The Corner)

Pressed by Crowley, who pointed out that, while domestic flights are down 27 percent from pre-9/11 levels, the Federal Aviation Administration’s budget has increased, LaHood responded, “Budgets go up and down.” …

LaHood placed the blame for the current state of affairs squarely on the shoulders of the Republicans. “I’m a Republican…they need to come to the table with a proposal, which frankly they haven’t done,” he said, “while the president has, the Republicans haven’t.” In fact, Congress in May passed a bill that would replace sequester’s cuts to defense with cuts to domestic discretionary spending programs such as food stamps and Medicaid. Asked for his response to LaHood’s remarks, Senator John McCain, who appeared on the show after him, said, “Shame on Ray LaHood.”

The hysteria strategy has Democrats worrying as the budget deadline approaches.  What happens when the end of the world arrives — and it just keeps chugging on like before?

Over the past week, President Obama has painted a picture of impending disaster, warning of travel delays, laid-off firefighters and pre-schoolers tossed out of Head Start. Conservatives accuse Obama of exaggerating the impact, and some White House allies worry the slow-moving sequester may fail to live up to the hype.

“The good news is, the world doesn’t end March 2. The bad news is, the world doesn’t end March 2,” said Emily Holubowich, a Washington health-care lobbyist who leads a coalition of 3,000 nonprofit groups fighting the cuts. “The worst-case scenario for us is the sequester hits and nothing bad really happens. And Republicans say: See, that wasn’t so bad.”

In the long partisan conflict over government spending, the sequester is where the rubber meets the road. Obama is betting Americans will be outraged by the abrupt and substantial cuts to a wide range of government services, from law enforcement to food safety to public schools. And he is hoping they will rise up to demand what he calls a “balanced approach” to deficit reduction that replaces some cuts with higher taxes.

But if voters react with a shrug, congressional Republicans will have won a major victory in their campaign to shrink the size of government. Instead of cancelling the sequester, the GOP will likely push for more.

That’s the problem with crying, “Wolf!” When the deadline passes and has all the impressiveness of Comet Kahoutek, it’s going to be even more difficult to keep arguing that another round of budget cuts will be The End Of The World As We Know It.

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Thugs run the land.

Charlatans, from top, to bottom, from all sides.

Schadenfreude on February 25, 2013 at 1:25 PM

For the love of Allahpundit why isn’t Ray LaHood being investigated for mendacious malfeasance?

SWalker on February 25, 2013 at 1:25 PM

They are just trying to help Boehner make up excuses for caving into Obama…

albill on February 25, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Ray LaHood in his attempt to push the Nightmare on Sequester Street hysteria

Well, that says it all. Well said.

Lourdes on February 25, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Thugs run the land.


Ninny nanopoops
run the land.

Lourdes on February 25, 2013 at 1:26 PM

This is the real catastrophe; the Air Force may force Congress to fly commercial!

michaelo on February 25, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Drudge headlines:

Obama Faces ‘Cliff Fatigue’…

Public Interest Wanes After Third Manufactured Crisis…

BIDEN: AMERICANS ‘TIRED OF BEING TIRED’…

Schadenfreude on February 25, 2013 at 1:27 PM

It is damn Chicago… Every politician who comes for this cursed place is corrupt beyond belief including an a**hole like Ray Lahood…

mnjg on February 25, 2013 at 1:29 PM

So why the hysteria over the sequester?

Since this whole thing was Obama’s idea, I’m assuming it was yet another one of his political threats, invented out of his delusions to pick a fight with the expectation that he’d get a big truckload of free lollipops and mushrooms if he pushed the delusion long enough.

Instead, his idea has been allowed to reach fruition and he’s now panicked: his hand was called.

Obama played a sick hand and he got caught with his sick hand. You can tell he’s quite cornered now with and by his own delusions by the level of angst he’s showing in his “trauma talks about impending doom” — doom he created himself that he expected would be mere ticket-to-get and instead turned into his own ticket-to-lose.

Lourdes on February 25, 2013 at 1:29 PM

I believe the operative phrase is “five-alarm media inferno floating of a sea of sweaty rhetoric.”

h/t Allahpundit

Christien on February 25, 2013 at 1:30 PM

If you haven’t yet figured out that Obama proposed the Sequester so that he could once again reprise his Community Agitator act, you are behind the curve.

OxyCon on February 25, 2013 at 1:31 PM

More thuggery by this gov’t.

Schadenfreude on February 25, 2013 at 1:31 PM

This is the real catastrophe; the Air Force may force Congress to fly commercial!

michaelo on February 25, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Oh, my gosh, Pelosi may have to get drunk on her own ten thousand this weekend. Oh, the horror, paying her own tab.

Lourdes on February 25, 2013 at 1:31 PM

I think what he meant to say was this: “It’ll disrupt air travel, and we’ll make sure of that.”

Othniel on February 25, 2013 at 1:32 PM

“The good news is, the world doesn’t end March 2. The bad news is, the world doesn’t end March 2,” said Emily Holubowich, a Washington health-care lobbyist who leads a coalition of 3,000 nonprofit groups fighting the cuts. “The worst-case scenario for us is the sequester hits and nothing bad really happens. And Republicans say: See, that wasn’t so bad.”

How very telling. Budget increases are only slightly less than in the past, and it is the End of the World for lobbyists.

rbj on February 25, 2013 at 1:33 PM

michaelo on February 25, 2013 at 1:26 PM

They should never be flown by the gov’t, the thugs.

Schadenfreude on February 25, 2013 at 1:33 PM

I love what Sen. Coburn suggested on this issue, stop hiring and have bho cancel his 100 city tour! Boy bho isn’t take that very good! Not being on AF1 spending millions is not gonna happen with bho!

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/02/25/republicans-aim-to-call-obama-bluff-on-spending-cuts/
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letget on February 25, 2013 at 1:34 PM

If you haven’t yet figured out that Obama proposed the Sequester so that he could once again reprise his Community Agitator act, you are behind the curve.

OxyCon on February 25, 2013 at 1:31 PM

And crickets in the media on this.
He’ll win over those easily distracted morons once again.

Badger40 on February 25, 2013 at 1:35 PM

“The good news is, the world doesn’t end March 2. The bad news is, the world doesn’t end March 2,” said Emily Holubowich, a Washington health-care lobbyist who leads a coalition of 3,000 nonprofit groups fighting the cuts. “The worst-case scenario for us is the sequester hits and nothing bad really happens. And Republicans say: See, that wasn’t so bad.”

The TRUTH will out !!!!

Jabberwock on February 25, 2013 at 1:35 PM

The horror!

Schadenfreude on February 25, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Focus, focus, focus!

Schadenfreude on February 25, 2013 at 1:36 PM

…it’s going to be even more difficult to keep arguing that another round of budget cuts will be The End Of The World As We Know It.

I don’t think it’ll be that difficult. The SRM will just start emphasizing all the bad economic news they have been spinning or ignoring. The unemployment rate will leap above 8% again. GDP growth will be negative again and we’ll suddenly have a “Republican Sequestration Recession”. Every piece of bad news that comes down the pike will be blamed on the sequester. It’s already happening.

forest on February 25, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Correct me if I’m wrong, but Lahood lied, too. Republicans passed two budgets to replace the sequester. It’s Obama and Reid who haven’t proposed any alternatives.

Did Crowley catch that and question him about it?

InterestedObserver on February 25, 2013 at 1:38 PM

This is the real catastrophe; the Air Force may force Congress to fly commercial!

michaelo on February 25, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Well, that right there pretty much explains why the Republicans are suddenly up in arms against sequestration.

SWalker on February 25, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Transportation Spending By The Feds:

2001:…$54.4 billion
2002:…$61.8 billion
2003:…$67.1 billion
2004:…$64.6 billion
2005:…$67.9 billion
2006:…$70.2 billion
2007:…$72.9 billion
2008:…$77.6 billion
2009:…$84.3 billion
2010:…$92.0 billion
2011:…$93.0 billion
2012:…$102.6 billion

That’s a 88.60294117% increase in transportation spending since 2001.

As The Debt Star Looms, The Chicken Littles Scream “The Sequester Is Nigh!”

Resist We Much on February 25, 2013 at 1:38 PM

For the love of Allahpundit why isn’t Ray LaHood being investigated for mendacious malfeasance?

SWalker on February 25, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Eric Holder will be on that, right after the Black Panthers investigation an Jon Corzine indictment.

Archivarix on February 25, 2013 at 1:38 PM

That’s the problem with crying, “Wolf!” When the deadline passes and has all the impressiveness of Comet Kahoutek, it’s going to be even more difficult to keep arguing that another round of budget cuts will be The End Of The World As We Know It.

It’s the Y2K hysteria all over again. If you trust what the lazy rat-eared moron says (and no sane person would) then come friday, out transportation infrastructure will be in gridlock, planes will be falling out of the sky due to lack of air traffic control, schools will be without teachers, and fire departments will be without first responders. Funny how they never get around to mentioning what Obama is doing to the Defense Department.

Happy Nomad on February 25, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Say, don’t Michelle’s new bangs look great? Don’t let yourselves get sidetracked on this financial stuff.

a capella on February 25, 2013 at 1:40 PM

LaHood: Sequester will disrupt air travel even though we get more money for fewer flights now

Less for MORE. It’s the UNION way !

Jabberwock on February 25, 2013 at 1:40 PM

For the love of Allahpundit why isn’t Ray LaHood being investigated for mendacious malfeasance?

SWalker on February 25, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Eric Holder will be on that, right after the Black Panthers investigation an Jon Corzine indictment.

Archivarix on February 25, 2013 at 1:38 PM

and he’ll get around to those right after he released all of those “Operation Fast and Furious” documents, including the Whitehouse memo’s authorizing “Fast and Furious” right?

SWalker on February 25, 2013 at 1:40 PM

BREAKING!

CA announces the release of inmated, including Charles Manson, due to forthcoming sequester cuts.

BobMbx on February 25, 2013 at 1:41 PM

You know what is more disruptive? High fuel costs caused by inherence to a global warming religion that hates fossil fuels.

Oil Can on February 25, 2013 at 1:42 PM

More thuggery by this gov’t.
Schadenfreude on February 25, 2013 at 1:31 PM

It just never stops does it!

Comede cacas et mori liberales spumae

Scrumpy on February 25, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Did Crowley catch that and question him about it?

InterestedObserver on February 25, 2013 at 1:38 PM

The wench who “moderated” a Presidential debate from the lap of one of the candidates challenge her guy’s people? The wench who just happened to have back up support of the lies being told by one of the candidates (and essentially lying herself in doing so)?

Of course she doesn’t challenge him in any substantive way. She merely helps him get the lies sorted out into one giant coherent lie.

Happy Nomad on February 25, 2013 at 1:43 PM

“But LaHood is not Fearmongering, because only Rush Limbaugh does that!”

Kiss, Kiss,

chump Threads

Del Dolemonte on February 25, 2013 at 1:44 PM

The real target of all this scaremongering are the Republicans in the House. They don’t care what the people think – they just need to get Boehner to cave.

gwelf on February 25, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Sounds like it’s best to postpone/cancel non-essential air travel, until the children running the show can put on their big boy pants.

Christien on February 25, 2013 at 1:44 PM

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Of this trio, Walker is the Good. Facing the challenge of governing a blue state and with perhaps the nation’s most fractious political scene, Walker in the past week rejected Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion and proposed a permanent rate cut in the state income tax, targeted at the middle class. His budget would cut state income taxes, allow no general sales tax increases, and holds down increases on property tax bills to no more than 1 percent a year for median value homes.

Walker called for dramatically expanding the school voucher program in the state as well, for any sizable district which has two schools receiving D or F grades. And despite a state commission recommending hiking gas taxes and fees to pay for transportation costs, instead Walker said he would sell or lease state properties and power plants to make up the difference.

Schadenfreude on February 25, 2013 at 1:44 PM

I will post again…the “disaster” is a 2.7% cut in budget over 10 years…only 2.7%.

If they can’t find .27% every year to cut, what good are they? Don’t answer, it’s rhetorical, we all know…both parties are useless in managing a budget, let alone a .27% cut.

All of this panic over .27%…they spill that much on the golf course.

right2bright on February 25, 2013 at 1:44 PM

“The good news is, the world doesn’t end March 2. The bad news is, the world doesn’t end March 2,” said Emily Holubowich, a Washington health-care lobbyist who leads a coalition of 3,000 nonprofit groups fighting the cuts. “The worst-case scenario for us is the sequester hits and nothing bad really happens. And Republicans say: See, that wasn’t so bad.”

Defeat will somehow be snatched from the jaws of victory.

nobar on February 25, 2013 at 1:46 PM

LaHood placed the blame for the current state of affairs squarely on the shoulders of the Republicans. “I’m a Republican…they need to come to the table with a proposal, which frankly they haven’t done,” he said,

Testing out Hagel’s line.

Jabberwock on February 25, 2013 at 1:47 PM

LAHood, YOU F’N APPARATCHIK. YOU OUGHT TO BE WHIPPED IN THE STREET!

rayra on February 25, 2013 at 1:48 PM

LaHood is the quintessential prototypical RINO, from Illinois no less.

farsighted on February 25, 2013 at 1:48 PM

The hysteria strategy has Democrats worrying as the budget deadline approaches. What happens when the end of the world arrives — and it just keeps chugging on like before?

Simple, Bronco Bama takes credit for it, and now that he’s fulfilled his promise to cut spending in such an unprecedented way, it’s time for the Republicans to come to the table on comprehensive tax reform. With much praise from Chuck Todd.

You know I’m right.

Curtiss on February 25, 2013 at 1:49 PM

The proper response should be ” although these cuts are unwelcome, the Department of Transporation will do everthing in its powers to minimize the impact on the flying public”.

instead we get:

” No matter how small the cuts, the Department of Transporation is going to make sure the flying public feels every last dollar of it. That I promise.”

WisRich on February 25, 2013 at 1:52 PM

LAHood, YOU F’N APPARATCHIK. YOU OUGHT TO BE WHIPPED IN THE STREET!

rayra on February 25, 2013 at 1:48 PM

And then dangled by the neck from a streetlamp with a nice 25 foot long segment of genuine American made Stout Hemp Rope. Pay very close attention to the picture, especially the “Liberty Tree” in the background

SWalker on February 25, 2013 at 1:53 PM

The point is, ladies and gentleman, that sequestration, for lack of a better word, is good. Sequestration is right, sequestration works. Sequestration clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Sequestration, in all of its forms; sequestration for life, for money, for love, knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind. And sequestration, you mark my words, will not only save Teldar Paper, but that other malfunctioning corporation called the USA.

BobMbx on February 25, 2013 at 1:53 PM

I will post again…the “disaster” is a 2.7% cut in budget over 10 years…only 2.7%.

right2bright on February 25, 2013 at 1:44 PM

It is a 2.7% reduction in budget, not a cut. Even with sequestration we will still be spending more this year than last. We are cutting nothing. We are reducing the rate of spending.

The real cuts have to come from the entitlement programs but the rat-eared wonder and his party refuse to cut one real dime from the programs that provide all that free stuff to the parasites, moochers, welfare queens, and takers that make up their core constituency. They want the GOP to pull that trigger so they can rail against the “heartless Republicans” that would have old people eat dog food or something.

In any case, let us stop using the word cut when that simply isn’t where we are at.

Happy Nomad on February 25, 2013 at 1:55 PM

The proper response should be ” although these cuts are unwelcome, the Department of Transporation will do everthing in its powers to minimize the impact on the flying public”.

instead we get:

” No matter how small the cuts, the Department of Transporation is going to make sure the flying public feels every last dollar of it. That I promise.”

WisRich on February 25, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Yes, it’s called mendacious maleficence on the part of a public official, and it is systemic throughout both the Federal and State Governments.

SWalker on February 25, 2013 at 1:56 PM

“I’m a Republican…they need to come to the table with a proposal, which frankly they haven’t done,” he said, “while the president has, the Republicans haven’t.”

I’d hope LaHood’s pants where on fire when he said that.

GarandFan on February 25, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Another faux-Republican..

hillsoftx on February 25, 2013 at 2:00 PM

These ******* will lie about anything. we can’t be more than two Yeats away from gulags.

tom daschle concerned on February 25, 2013 at 2:01 PM

“I’m a Republican…they need to come to the table with a proposal, which frankly they haven’t done,” he said, “while the president has, the Republicans haven’t.”

I’d hope LaHood’s pants where on fire when he said that.

GarandFan on February 25, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Heh heh heh, Ray LaHood=no mas pantalones…

SWalker on February 25, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Ray LaChicagoHood…

hillsoftx on February 25, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Two Yeats and a Whitman…

tom daschle concerned on February 25, 2013 at 2:02 PM

The stupidest thing about the whole the FAA sequestration thing is that 80% of its funding comes from excise taxes, aka, the taxes you paid for your flight. Only 20% comes from the general fund.

So in my opinion, the govt should only be cutting from the general fund not the FAA’s trust fund, which funds 80% of the agency. That money is only allowed to be used for the FAA and no one else.

Lance Murdock on February 25, 2013 at 2:10 PM

“The worst-case scenario for us is the sequester hits and nothing bad really happens. And Republicans say: See, that wasn’t so bad.”

These are not cuts, these are just slower rates of increases, morons.

Schadenfreude on February 25, 2013 at 2:10 PM

I am sure there are plenty of “pencil pushers” LaHood could furlough. In fact, if LaHood furloughed himself, who would notice?

bw222 on February 25, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Drudge headlines:

Obama Faces ‘Cliff Fatigue’…

Public Interest Wanes After Third Manufactured Crisis…

BIDEN: AMERICANS ‘TIRED OF BEING TIRED’…
Schadenfreude on February 25, 2013 at 1:27 PM

…maybe we should kick everyone of them in the ba11s …for a change!

KOOLAID2 on February 25, 2013 at 2:15 PM

The quote from Emily the lobbyist is telling. She represents 3,000 (!) nonprofits that are fighting the cuts. They want to stay at the trough and get their full portion of slops.

I’d love to see the total of compensation for Emily and the officers and staff of those 3,000 nonprofits. I’d bet it’s a very large number.

“Non-profit” is an IRS term of art. More descriptive is a vision of pigs at the public trough. Instead of having a job where they produce something and add to the GDP, this army of functionaries is tasked with grabbing as much of other people’s earnings as they can.

It’s a great gig, no doubt. Especially when you don’t have to make the case for public donations, but can simply collect transfer payments from Government tax levies. Sweet!

Byron on February 25, 2013 at 2:17 PM

Hey cement head, are you willing to stake your job, benefits and retirement bene’s on this. If it doensn’t happen you retire and lose all benefits. How about that you lying POS.

rjoco1 on February 25, 2013 at 2:24 PM

What if we threw a nightmare … and no one went to sleep?

lol I love it! These idiots are panicking at the thought that the “cuts” will happen and everybody will realize it’s NOT the end of the world…or even that painful. Of course, there hasn’t actually been any real cutting. But…baby steps. What needs to happen is that the people wake up to certain realities.

I’m so glad that Obama proposed sequester!

cicerone on February 25, 2013 at 2:26 PM

OK, Let’s try this nice and slow now for the cheap seats:

It is not government cutting or savings when money that has supposedly been cut or saved and which has been extracted from (or attributed to future) taxpayers is not returned to those taxpayers.

To say that it is, up-ends the very relationship between the citizenry and it’s “appointed and elected” government.

Government cutting or savings only occurs when taxpayers decide to send in less money via taxes.

can_con on February 25, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Hey cement head, are you willing to stake your job, benefits and retirement bene’s on this. If it doensn’t happen you retire and lose all benefits. How about that you lying POS.

rjoco1 on February 25, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Practically speaking, though, LaHood gets to determine whether it happens or not. What’s to stop him from furloughing air traffic controllers to ensure that flights are delayed?

It would be like the manager of your local McDonald’s telling you, “Next Saturday at noon, there will be such a slowdown in my store, it will take 15 minutes for you to get a Big Mac. I’ll bet my job on it!” I wouldn’t take the bet, because he could order most of his employees to go on break and thus make what he said happen.

J.S.K. on February 25, 2013 at 2:31 PM

LaHood placed the blame for the current state of affairs squarely on the shoulders of the Republicans. “I’m a Republican

Hahahahhaha (gasp) Hahahhahahahaa You have never been a Republican in the true sense of the word.

lakeman on February 25, 2013 at 2:35 PM

We picked on CNN’s Candy Crowley last week, so it’s only fair to highlight her effort here in demolishing Ray LaHood in his attempt to push the Nightmare on Sequester Street hysteria, FAA edition.

You mean her effort to be an objective journalist?

This is Crowley’s response to the Debate Commission saying they made a mistake with her. Nothing more, nothing less. Her questioning here should be the norm and is only worthy of praise when placed up against her debate performance. As a stand alone performance, this not worthy of praise.

She gets a break-even card now from the elites for evening the score from her awful debate “moderating”, despite that 40,000,000 more people watched her single-handedly destroy Romney and simultaneously her credibility. She deserves only the credit for actually doing her job.

“Objective” journalists bounce back and forth between cheerleading for the left and being objective, and we are supposed to praise them when they are objective. If the number of times they are objective is equal to the number of times they cheer on left wing talking points they get a pass, despite the fact that their audience will be smaller for their objective moments with 99% certainty. Insanity.

weaselyone on February 25, 2013 at 2:42 PM

This administration really is made up of some of the worst people in our nation. What scum to sit there and constantly lie their a$$e$ off knowing full well the sun will come up tomorrow. This is dangerous. Our media needs to be destroyed. They let these people get away with lie after lie. The House better stand firm. Let this go through, don’t buckle, tell Obama and his army of demagogues to fluke themselves.

jawkneemusic on February 25, 2013 at 2:44 PM

In any case, let us stop using the word cut when that simply isn’t where we are at.

Happy Nomad on February 25, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Cut in the proposed/estimated budget (if we even had a budget)…quick nit picking.

You dilute the message…the cut or reduction or whatever is only 2.7%, over 10 years…that’s the issue, it is almost nothing.

Of course your brilliant post dismisses that and you replace it with semantics…that is why we are where we are at…you miss, like most, the important point, it’s not the “definition”, it’s that whatever definition you use, it’s minimal and will have minimal effect.

Get it? Sheeesh…

right2bright on February 25, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Is Ray LaHood human? Does he have a soul, a conscience? I cannot believe what a tool he is, like a Soviet apparatchik.

And most of the reason air travel is down is people drive everywhere rather than face a TSA molestation and endless security theater.

PattyJ on February 25, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Obama Drives a Petrol-Soaked Stake Through Uncle Sam’s Heart

http://tinyurl.com/agsdrwt

Resist We Much on February 25, 2013 at 3:10 PM

Two weeks ago I was in the Indianapolis airport, arriving between 6 and 7PM. There were—wait for it——EIGHTEEN TSA agents standing around doing absolutely nothing. Well, they weren’t do nothing, they were all standing around in groups talking to one another. Not a passenger in sight. Granted, they need to have enough personnel on hand to meet the uneven spurts of departing passengers, but I am at that airport at least two times a month and it is always over-staffed. On my outbound leg there were four TSA types just to check ID/boarding passes—but only one of them was actually working, the other three were standing around talking.
Go ahead, let the sequestration happen, and we’ll see how few government employees we really need.
And, why is it that it’s always the jobs that most affect the public do they threaten to cut first? Couldn’t they furlough some back-room do-nothing employee? Or would that be too sensible?

socaguy on February 25, 2013 at 3:11 PM

“I’m a Republican…they need to come to the table with a proposal, which frankly they haven’t done,” he said, “while the president has, the Republicans haven’t.”

Republican? Maybe for the sake of the story… and an effort to show “bi-partisan” agreement against the “cuts”?

That has to be a joke, right?!?

Neo-con Artist on February 25, 2013 at 4:06 PM

As much lying as Obama and his toadies do, they make LBJ and Nixon look like Boy Scouts. Heck, Eagle Scouts!

Adjoran on February 25, 2013 at 4:57 PM

This guy is SO dumb he must have been a Republican at one time!

Lonetown on February 25, 2013 at 5:18 PM

For the life of me, I can’t understand why Boehner and the House, don’t submit a budget that deals with all of this stuff and then tell Obama, they’re not signing on to any cr’s they’re not backing off on the sequester, but they are willing to give the administration flexibility, within the departments, to cut some areas more than others.

There is nothing that can’t be dealt with in the budget process so the Republicans should insist on a budget, period.

bflat879 on February 25, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Exempted From Sequester: Obama’s Salary & Most Of His Strawmen!

http://tinyurl.com/a6oapmq

Resist We Much on February 25, 2013 at 9:26 PM

LAHood, YOU F’N APPARATCHIK. YOU OUGHT TO BE WHIPPED IN THE STREET!

rayra on February 25, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Bingo.

Jaibones on February 26, 2013 at 12:18 AM

What is it that they hold over these people’s heads to get them to go out in front of the camera and reporters and lie through their teeth to the citizens of this country? The ones at the top have to know it’s a political ploy and must believe in the socialist agenda so much that it doesn’t bother them at all to lie anymore. Talk about selling your soul to the devil.

Kissmygrits on February 26, 2013 at 12:48 AM

You can’t drone me! I’ve been lassoed. Plus I’m an American citizen…oh wait.

Rusty Allen on February 26, 2013 at 2:46 AM

The GOP is completely unprepared for the sh*t-storm the media is going to unleash on them when the sequester kicks in. The Obama administration will do everything possible to maximize the negative impacts with a complicit media playing it up. I hope to high heaven the GOP has a LONG list of wasteful spending they can use to dole out news items in response to the sob-story torrent we’re about to see. How hard can it be to prepare a huge list on the wasteful spending on green energy? On ‘sensitivity training’? On grants from the national science foundation and national endowment of the arts? Wasteful State Department spending? Forced purchases of the Chevy Volt? Welfare fraud? Subsidizing Hollywood, etc.

GOP, you better be ready.

olesparkie on February 26, 2013 at 8:42 AM

The President & Congress’ pay will not be touched.

The military is not LOSING money – they are actually getting a litel more, just not as much as they would have if Sequestration weren’t an issue.

EVERY movie up for an Oscar, every ‘hit’ that is out now, received millions of our tax-dollars in ‘subsidies’…while on top of that we are paying $13+ a ticket…’Jango Unchained’, for example, received over $8 million.

Obama says illegals will flood across the border (Helloooo – we’ve got over 12 million here now – tell us somethig NEW!)

The ‘Fear Monger’-In-Chief’ & his ‘Armageddon’ Administration is once again trying to ‘punish’/'eliminate’/viilify the GOP by simultaneously engaging in the policy of action through fear & manipultation of the American people.

Much like firing a gun behind a herd of cattle, Obama seeks once again to create a ‘stampede’ of ignorant voters who will in turn condemn the GOP & demand they give in to Obama’s demands.

Forget that Sequestration is OBAMA’S PLAN…
Forget that it is not as bad as it is made out to be…
Forget that, like a terrorist, once his demands have been met (taxes were just increased) he comes back again and again operating the same way (fear & intimidation) and making the same demands…..

Biden said it best – the American people are tired of being tired, & Obama’s constant rule through fear-mongering is exhausting.

easyt65 on February 26, 2013 at 10:58 AM