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 John Boehner (@SpeakerBoehner) April 22, 2013
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:
— Scott DesJarlais (@DesJarlaisTN04) April 22, 2013
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:
— Rep. Steve Stockman (@ReElectStockman) April 22, 2013
Ironic, isn’t it, how “wasteful spending” never includes things important to rich white guys traveling back and forth from the Washington pig trough?
— Sen. John Barrasso (@SenJohnBarrasso) April 22, 2013
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.