Remember the fiscal cliff? The nation’s credit downgrade? The sequester? Republicans apparently do not recall these events of their own making. News this week that budget sequestering will finally impact the Federal Aviation Administration, in turn causing flight delays at the nation’s airports, is being treated as some kind of mysterious event that can only be explained by presidential ineptitude. Who could have foreseen the furloughing of the air traffic controllers?!

Speaker of the House John Boehner is not only very bad at his job, he also seems to think that federal activities are magical unicorns on which budget cuts should have no effect. This magical thinking is echoed by lesser-known idiots from his caucus:

Another common theme is that this might have been avoided if only the President had agreed to privatize Social Security and cut “wasteful spending.” We have written about Steve Stockman before:

Ironic, isn’t it, how “wasteful spending” never includes things important to rich white guys traveling back and forth from the Washington pig trough?

The FAA is not the only federal agency expecting furloughs. At least 20,000 employees of federal courts will be sent home unpaid for sixteen days. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says that every employee can expect four furlough days between now and the height of hurricane season in September. What these politicians are actually saying is that flights which leave on time are somehow essential to American life, whereas giving every child a slot in Head Start is not. They could not have made their real priorities more plain.

  • TexasTim

    As you can guess, there is a reason for the radio silence — I’m in Makhachkala, Dagestan. No ETA on return.

  • TexasTim

    A couple of car bombs near my abode just hours ago in Makhachkala. On the hunt.

  • TexasTim

    This place is hot as a firecracker. A black widow hit a dozen a few hours ago, including kids. The tension is very high here and it feels like things could really bust out soon. Expecting heavy guns any time.

  • TexasTim

    Looks like a long hot summer here. Lots of things happening that don’t even make the press. They don’t play around, hard core takedowns.

    Following the news about Snowden. Just wanted to point out that he confirmed what I said about Team Walker being tracked by every email, phone call, and social media post. Team Walker is considered a high value target international target because of their attacks on Muslims that resulted in the deaths of Americans overseas. More coming. http://www.salon.com/2013/06/10/digital_blackwater_meet_the_contractors_who_analyze_your_personal_data/