Carney on furloughs and flight delays: Hey, don’t say we didn’t warn you

posted at 2:01 pm on April 24, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Yes, you also warned us that we wouldn’t have meat inspections and that children would be denied vaccinations, remember? During Tuesday’s briefing, after the news from the FAA that employee furloughs were starting to cause flight delays (watch the vid at RCP):

I find it fascinating that Mitch McConnell, the leader of the Republican Party in the Senate, is decrying the sequester that he decried in the past and then supported. This is a result of the sequester being implemented. We made it clear that there would be these kinds of negative effects if Congress failed to take reasonable action to avert the sequester — policy that everyone who was involved in writing it knew at the time and has made clear ever since was never designed to be implemented. It was designed to be bad policy and, therefore, to be avoided. The fact is Congress had an opportunity, but Republicans made a choice. … The President has put forward a comprehensive, balanced approach to deficit reduction that would eliminate the sequester. But this is Congress’s responsibility. It needs to take action.

Uhm, pretty brashly indignant there, considering that your boss also supported and is now decrying the sequester, and then went on to do his absolute best to get the cuts to avoid both flexibility and accountability while striking as much fear as possible into the hearts of all Americans.

As the WSJ points out, these flight delays are just another orchestrated part of the continuing sequestration-scaremongering strategy; kind of odd that the FAA can’t manage its operations with a budget comparative to that of only a few years ago while air-traffic levels have declined, no?

Ponder this logic, if that’s the right word: The sequester cuts about $637 million from the FAA, which is less than 4% of its $15.9 billion 2012 budget, and it limits the agency to what it spent in 2010. The White House decided to translate this 4% cut that it has the legal discretion to avoid into a 10% cut for air traffic controllers. Though controllers will be furloughed for one of every 10 working days, four of every 10 flights won’t arrive on time. …

The White House claims the sequester applies to the budget category known as “projects, programs and activities” and thus it lacks flexibility. Not so: This is a political pose to make the sequester more disruptive. Legally speaking, the sequester applies at a more general level known as “accounts.” The air traffic account includes 15,000 controllers out of 31,000 employees. The White House could keep the controllers on duty simply by allocating more furlough days to these other non-essential workers. …

For more than a decade the FAA has promised to modernize and make the civil aviation system more efficient and reliable, but the only things it has reliably generated are delays or cost overruns or usually both. …

A more sincere administration might use the sequester as a chance for innovation, improvement, and waste-elimination, but not these guys — the Obama White House is all about purposely making sequestration as painful and visible as possible, lest the ultimately pretty tiny sequester cuts mar their case for an ever-growing big government.


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God damn this little Goebbels.

Has the West ever had a more sinister liar for a speaker?

Schadenfreude on April 24, 2013 at 2:04 PM

whatever you do, just don’t cut out the blues concerts

crrr6 on April 24, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Here is what cause delays.

Schadenfreude on April 24, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Obama pays welfare recruiters and exempts himself from the 3 million dollars retirement cap law.

The Boston bombers were on welfare.

You, fools of the land, wake up!!!

Schadenfreude on April 24, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Carney on furloughs and flight delays: Hey, don’t say we didn’t warn you we told you that you would be punished.

portlandon on April 24, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Only with our cash thirsty Federal Government is a reduction in the increase in spending a cut??? That SOBama doesn’t give a daXm about the America he seeks to destroy so he rubs it into our faces while he jets around the world on AF1 with nary a concern.

stuartm80127 on April 24, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Next: injecting e. Coli into hamburger meat.

PattyJ on April 24, 2013 at 2:07 PM

I experienced no delays (then again I flew in March). Flying again in July so we’ll see just how this admin wants to visibly punish dissent.

nobar on April 24, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Wait a tic…

Washington airports spared sequester impacts

Seven Percent Solution on April 24, 2013 at 2:07 PM

There are thousans of gov’t banks with zero money in them.

Ineptness keeps them open, and you paying for them.

There are millions of such wasteful examples.

The D/Rs are equally derelict for just talking about such and never actually changing a thing.

The entire gov’t inept beast needs to be audited and re-engineered, alas.

May all who run it burn in the hottest section in Hades.

The fools are the people who keep the status quo funded.

Work harder idiots, so they can betray you more.

Schadenfreude on April 24, 2013 at 2:08 PM

“You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot build character and courage by taking away people’s initiative and independence. You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.” Abraham Lincoln

h/t thatsafactjack

Schadenfreude on April 24, 2013 at 2:08 PM

The air traffic account includes 15,000 controllers out of 31,000 employees. The White House could keep the controllers on duty simply by allocating more furlough days to these other non-essential workers. …

They could of. But they didn’t.

Obama would rather punish all Americans.

Jabberwock on April 24, 2013 at 2:09 PM

When they cut out Wagyu night at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and stop hosting headliner hip-hop and rap extravaganzas in the East Room, and maybe stop making all those hundreds of flights a year for fund raisers or vacations or shopping trips…then…maybe…we, the People can see they might be serious.

Until then…let’s send $500 million to Hamas/Palestinians, or cut another check for Fiskars…sequestration, Obamas’s pet idea a year ago, won’t stop the Administration from bleeding us dry.

It ain’t their money, after all.

It is ours.

Racketeering…how we are now governed.

coldwarrior on April 24, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Sir Golfsalot’s fraudulent America, and he blames you, fools of the world.

Schadenfreude on April 24, 2013 at 2:10 PM

More on Obma’s fraudulent America, fools of the world.

Schadenfreude on April 24, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Seven Percent Solution on April 24, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Amazing, ain’t it?

Congress gotta fly.

coldwarrior on April 24, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Next: injecting e. Coli into hamburger meat.

PattyJ on April 24, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Wouldn’t surprise me one bit. As Fast and Furious showed, they will inflict harm to push their agenda.

petefrt on April 24, 2013 at 2:15 PM

A more sincere administration might use the sequester as a chance for innovation, improvement, and waste-elimination, but not these guys — the Obama White House is all about purposely making sequestration as painful and visible as possible, lest the ultimately pretty tiny sequester cuts mar their case for an ever-growing big government.

The harm offensive continues.

Happy Nomad on April 24, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Reagan fired all of the air traffic controllers and we didn’t have delays or any great interruption in, or degradation of, service.

This is nothing but plain ineptitude and incompetence as we all know is rife throughout the feral government’s part in the airline industry combined with, yet, another manufactured crisis by the criminal Barky junta.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on April 24, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Yeah? You mess with us, then we’ll mess with you! And will bring a gun to that fight!

Isn’t liberal government lovely?

ndanielson on April 24, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Why can’t these union slaves work for a few days without being paid for those few days ?
Don’t they care about the chirrun?

burrata on April 24, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Which reporter/s asked him about the DC area exemptions?

Schadenfreude on April 24, 2013 at 2:18 PM

The Mooch was out consoling over worked, underpaid federal workers the other day, who “do so much” with “fewer and fewer resources…”

ndanielson on April 24, 2013 at 2:24 PM

coldwarrior on April 24, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Law Makers exempted from the ‘sequester’…

… just like Obomwacare.

I think I see a pattern here…

/

Seven Percent Solution on April 24, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Community Organizer does sequester, what do you expect?

bflat879 on April 24, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Today’s Wall Street Journal, in an editorial excoriating the latest OBOZO regime’s childish gimmick to inflict pain and suffering on the American people as REVENGE for an insignificant budget reduction, has the best description of the FAA ever: It’s just like the post office, but without all their ADVANCED MODERN TECHNOLOGY!

TeaPartyNation on April 24, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Don’t blame me

cmsinaz on April 24, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Seven Percent Solution on April 24, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Bourbon France prior to 1792 comes to mind.

coldwarrior on April 24, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Let’s see, air traffic is DOWN from 2008 levels. Meanwhile, the FAA budget is UP since 2008.

So flight delays are “inevitable”?

GarandFan on April 24, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Snarky little tool

cmsinaz on April 24, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Law Makers exempted from the ‘sequester’…

/

Seven Percent Solution on April 24, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Funny thing though, the lawmakers’ destinations also need to be exempt. Doesn’t help you if you can leave the ground on time, but your destination is delayed.

So, besides the FAA and administration showing that this is just a political ploy to punish those uppity peasants, it’s a pretty ineffectual show of favoritism

Talk about the gang that couldn’t shoot straight

AZfederalist on April 24, 2013 at 2:32 PM

Which reporter/s asked him about the DC area exemptions?

Schadenfreude on April 24, 2013 at 2:18 PM

They stand around like innocent by-standers…

… waiting for preprinted stories from the Whitehouse.

How else do you expect to get a ticket to the WHCA…?

Seven Percent Solution on April 24, 2013 at 2:33 PM

A foolish miscalculation by the administration. They’re creating their own gas lines, and it will boomerang on them.

Red Creek on April 24, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Has a single example of low information journalism thought to investigate where the extra $1 trillion of spending is going, if not to air traffic control?

MNHawk on April 24, 2013 at 2:34 PM

A more sincere administration might use the sequester as a chance for innovation, improvement, and waste-elimination, but not these guys — the Obama White House is all about purposely making sequestration as painful and visible as possible, lest the ultimately pretty tiny sequester cuts mar their case for an ever-growing big government.

Indeed. This whole thing reeks of hideous Chicago Democrat politics. The fact that the Chicago Democratic Machine is now running the country is pathetic and sad. How far the Democrat party has fallen.

visions on April 24, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Next they’ll cut cowboy poetry. And then the world will end.

The Rogue Tomato on April 24, 2013 at 2:35 PM

The beatings will continue until morale improves.

Lily on April 24, 2013 at 2:36 PM

You workers out in the districts just keep on laboring for the Capitol…if you know what’s good for you.

Bishop on April 24, 2013 at 2:40 PM

How else do you expect to get a ticket to the WHCA…?

Seven Percent Solution on April 24, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Well, Chris Christie got to their dinner by slobbering over the rat-eared coward about the response to Hurricane Sandy. A de facto endorsement days ahead of an election.

Happy Nomad on April 24, 2013 at 2:40 PM

And to think this is just the beginning. What’s next? Someone already said the meat inspectors, I’m going to say they will stick with the transportation industry and the threat of three hours lines to get through the security at the airports will be next.

Someone should ask if he (Carney) will be furloughed. I’d love to see him squirm for a few seconds while thinking of something smarmy to reply.

D-fusit on April 24, 2013 at 2:42 PM

I think the best way to sum up Obama is to Wikipedia for the Weather Underground, read the Wiki and ask yourself if Obama is of the same mindset?

It will scare you to death as to what he is thinking.

Tater Salad on April 24, 2013 at 2:43 PM

Meanwhile, Congress sits on its butt and does nothing. Why? First, because it can. The US electorate is as apathetic as Congress is stubborn. And much of the electorate that supports the far right’s claim that it is doing the right thing by America to bring about “fiscal discipline” and “less government intervention” belongs to that RRR class – retired, remote and right about everything, even when they’re wrong. Many of them have never traveled via any other method than their Ford pickup, Buick or Cadillac. They’ve never owned a passport and flight delays are not going to affect them one tiny bit.

+++++++++++++++++
from an editorial in Air Transport World magazine. ATWonline.com

This writer is really showing her “flyover country” contempt.

JetBlast on April 24, 2013 at 2:43 PM

Next: injecting e. Coli into hamburger meat.

PattyJ on April 24, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Wouldn’t surprise me one bit. As Fast and Furious showed, they will inflict harm to push their agenda.

petefrt on April 24, 2013 at 2:15 PM

If they don’t even bat an eyelash at 300+ dead mexicans and a few dead American ranchers and law enforcement officers…why would it bother them in the least to inject e coli into meat and cause the deaths of a few kids and old folks?

For that matter – why would it bother them if a couple of airliners collided, crashed and…provided them with more propaganda fodder for their war on Americans?

Solaratov on April 24, 2013 at 2:44 PM

You workers out in the districts just keep on laboring for the Capitol…if you know what’s good for you.

Bishop on April 24, 2013 at 2:40 PM

And may the odds be ever in your favor.

D-fusit on April 24, 2013 at 2:44 PM

The problem for Obama is that the people inconvenienced by the delays are NOT the 47% and the rest of us already hate him.

ctmom on April 24, 2013 at 2:46 PM

why would it bother them in the least to inject e coli into meat and cause the deaths of a few kids and old folks?

Solaratov on April 24, 2013 at 2:44 PM

They tried, but the illiterate idiots working for the feral government had no idea what e. coli. was and injected the meat with Ricola by mistake.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on April 24, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Jay Carney – the sanctimonious little sh*t everyone wanted to beat the crap out of in high school, but didn’t because it was too damn easy.

nico on April 24, 2013 at 2:48 PM

More sequesters, please.

Ronnie on April 24, 2013 at 2:51 PM

I kind of doubt that aggravating people who are already disgruntled by the TSA groping at their naughty parts is going to produce the political results Obama was hoping for. lol

Murf76 on April 24, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Jay Carney – the sanctimonious little sh*t everyone wanted to beat the crap out of in high school, but didn’t because it was too damn easy.

nico on April 24, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Oh, I’d bet that lil jay was intimately familiar with the inside of his wall-locker in high school.

Which may explain why he loves his job so much now.

Solaratov on April 24, 2013 at 3:01 PM

They tried, but the illiterate idiots working for the feral government had no idea what e. coli. was and injected the meat with Ricola by mistake.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on April 24, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Well, I thought my smoker’s hack had eased up some.

Solaratov on April 24, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Do enough average bear citizens fly often enough to make this an imposition? And aren’t there enough other reasons for delays, weather and connections, for people not to think this is that out of the ordinary? The people that fly commercial all the time are going to be business people who are not low information voters and have been on to The Won for a long long time.

Cindy Munford on April 24, 2013 at 3:06 PM

So pathetic.

So the WH tried extortion, the target said, ‘screw you’, and the WH went through with it’s threats. And this makes the target responsible somehow?

Sick to death of this pathetic f*ckweasels.

“Give me all your money or I’ll shoot your dog.”

“F*ck you.”

*bang*

“Hey, it’s not like we didn’t warn you what would happen.”

Midas on April 24, 2013 at 3:12 PM

They tried, but the illiterate idiots working for the feral government had no idea what e. coli. was and injected the meat with Ricola by mistake.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on April 24, 2013 at 2:47 PM

That would explain my sudden urge to yodel at inopportune times.

Lily on April 24, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Still waiting to hear JUST ONE PERSON explain to me the definition of “balanced” as it applies to changes in the budget (as opposed to the normal fiscal sense of not having debt).

They just “look” at me like I have a third eye, and berate me for not grasping the obvious (while declining to demonstrate my idiocy by providing the “obvious” answer).

The Schaef on April 24, 2013 at 3:15 PM

Even the liberal ‘NY Daily News’ cartoon mocks Obama.
Picture of Air Force one parked on the runway with cobwebs on its wings.

PILOT: “Mr President, we’ve been here for twelve hours,we’re out of water, and the toilets don’t work”

OBAMA: “Hey, my hands are tied.”

Fat chance that would ever happen. In fact Drudge reports that no delays at any DC area airports.

MaiDee on April 24, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Midas on April 24, 2013 at 3:12 PM

“Give me all your money or I’ll shoot your dog.

As Inspector Clouseau found out…that ist not mein dog.

coldwarrior on April 24, 2013 at 3:21 PM

Exodus 5:4-14

4 And the king of Egypt said unto them, “Why do ye, Moses and Aaron, delay the people from their work? Get you unto your burdens!”

5 And Pharaoh said, “Behold, the people of the land now are many, and ye make them rest from their burdens!”

6 And Pharaoh commanded the same day the taskmasters of the people and their officers, saying,

7 “Ye shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as heretofore. Let them go and gather straw for themselves.

8 And the tally of bricks which they made heretofore, ye shall lay upon them; ye shall not diminish any thereof. For they are idle; therefore they cry, saying, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to our God.’

9 Let there more work be laid upon the men, that they may labor therein, and let them not regard vain words.”

10 And the taskmasters of the people went out, and their officers, and they spoke to the people, saying, “Thus saith Pharaoh: ‘I will not give you straw.

11 Go ye, get you straw where ye can find it; yet not any of your work shall be diminished.’”

12 So the people were scattered abroad throughout all the land of Egypt to gather stubble instead of straw.

13 And the taskmasters hastened them, saying, “Fulfill your works, your daily tasks, as when there was straw.”

14 And the officers of the children of Israel, whom Pharaoh’s taskmasters had set over them, were beaten and were demanded, “Why have ye not fulfilled your task in making brick both yesterday and today, as heretofore?”

CurtZHP on April 24, 2013 at 3:21 PM

Something must be wrong with my hearing, all I can hear at this point is blah, blah, blah. Maybe it will improve in 3 1/2 years.

DDay on April 24, 2013 at 3:24 PM

The object is obviously to make sequestration as painful as possible and then blame his enemies. Our president is actually maximizing pain on the American people! ! Maximizing pain!! If this does not wake the public up, it is entirely possible that Americans can no longer be awakened.

theosdad on April 24, 2013 at 3:33 PM

That little twerp will be charged and tried one of these days.

rplat on April 24, 2013 at 3:34 PM

If this does not wake the public up, it is entirely possible that Americans can no longer be awakened.

theosdad on April 24, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Judicial blindness is something that one doe not “wake up” from.

tom daschle concerned on April 24, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Hey not bad from an administration that speaks with faux foam pillars and Photoshop’s haloes on all dear leader’s pic.

Yup, they warned us, which is far more moral than, say, Pearl Harbor, well, somewhat more moral….

Don L on April 24, 2013 at 3:54 PM

whatever you do, just don’t cut out the blues concerts

crrr6 on April 24, 2013 at 2:04 PM

She’s BACK?! Be still, my beating heart…

Khun Joe on April 24, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Khun Joe on April 24, 2013 at 4:00 PM

You’re thinking of crr6. Different commenter. Totally different commenter.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on April 24, 2013 at 4:18 PM

That scum in the WH and his family had better NOT take any more vacations! Way to go liberals, you effing morons! This whole thing and the last four years is YOUR fault!

ultracon on April 24, 2013 at 4:26 PM

There needs to be a sequester song that can be sung at airport gates by waiting passengers and other frustrated victims of Obama’s latest community organizer tactic.

I borrowed this from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domestic_terrorism_in_the_United_States

Bold text is mine.

Under current United States law, set forth in the USA PATRIOT Act, acts of domestic terrorism are those which: “(A) involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State; (B) appear to be intended— (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and (C) occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States.”[3]

meci on April 24, 2013 at 6:25 PM

“Let the streets run with s–t.”

-Mayor Thomas Kane

NealK on April 24, 2013 at 7:14 PM

A pox on anyone who suggested the sequester.

Pardonme on April 24, 2013 at 7:57 PM

Pardonme on April 24, 2013 at 7:57 PM

Sequestration was Obama’s idea.

So…yeah…a major pox…one of Biblical proportions, no less.

coldwarrior on April 24, 2013 at 8:27 PM

Carney on furloughs and flight delays: Hey, don’t say we didn’t warn you

Tammany Hall thugs.

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 25, 2013 at 12:20 AM

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 25, 2013 at 12:20 AM

Extortion…plain and simple.

coldwarrior on April 25, 2013 at 7:19 AM

I do think at a certain point you have enough land.

HICON on May 1, 2013 at 8:57 PM

I do think at a certain point you have enough property.

HICON on May 1, 2013 at 8:59 PM