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Controllers must be cut in a week, LaHood says
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Posted on 02/24/2013 8:04:38 AM PST by Sub-Driver

Edited on 02/24/2013 8:06:43 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

As part of the upcoming forced cuts totaling $85 billion, the Federal Aviation Administration will be required to slash $600 million from its budget, amounting to 4% of its total expenditures. Appearing at the White House on Friday, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood warned those cuts would result in major delays at American airports.


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1 posted on 02/24/2013 8:04:41 AM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

A 4% cut? THE HORROR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


2 posted on 02/24/2013 8:07:31 AM PST by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
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To: icwhatudo

“warned those cuts would result in major delays at American airports.”

My advice, ground AF1 the chariot of the flying agitator and all will be well.


3 posted on 02/24/2013 8:09:37 AM PST by Mouton (108th MI Group.....68-71)
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To: Sub-Driver

Well Ray, don’t just stand there with your junk in your hand. Use it if you dare.


4 posted on 02/24/2013 8:10:28 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Sub-Driver
Here's the truth that exposes LaHood's Wink-Wink: The FAA's workforce compensation costs are about $600 million annually, yet that agency spends at least $500 million annually just on consultants.

LaHood knows this and he knows that legions of such consultants in every federal department and agency get consulting contracts after they retire from the civil service, they are politically connected with the party in power in the White House, or they contributed to a congressman who favored them with an earmark.

So when somebody says federal spending is out of control and should be reduced, professional politicians like LaHood invariably threaten to close down essential services like airports, rather than first rooting out the waste and fraud on "consultants."

But the lie of sequestration goes even beyond predictable prevarications like LaHood's. The sequestration cuts are from the government's "baseline" budget, which includes built-in spending increases every year.

So what the professional politicians bewail as a spending cut is actually nothing more than a reduction in the amount that spending will increase each year. The Washington Examiner's Byron York did a superb job earler this week explicating this fact on Greta Van Sustern's show and in a column that focused specifically on how the Pentagon plays the game.

5 posted on 02/24/2013 8:12:59 AM PST by vbmoneyspender
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To: Sub-Driver

Those inconvenienced/upset should perhaps question the Dems as to why billions are being sent to muslim countries that kill Americans while they wait in line for a runway to open up.

Until then they should just STFU and take it like the sheep they are.


6 posted on 02/24/2013 8:14:09 AM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: Mouton

Last weekend obammy was in my vacinity and within 30 miles the airspace was closed.
Last weekend the mooch was in Aspen with her two brats and they closed the airspace there for 30 miles. Gots to know the good folks who anticipated flying their jets in for a three day ski vacation were more than a little peeved to have to make other arraingments.
What worthless crapp these vermin are


7 posted on 02/24/2013 8:14:26 AM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: Sub-Driver

It appears as though the communists are going to needlessly cut workers and services in order to win their propaganda battle to raise taxes against hardworking Americans. I hope they all burn in #@!#!


8 posted on 02/24/2013 8:16:16 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Progressive, Marxist liberals do not evolve, they morph into fascists.)
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To: Joe Boucher

Wasn’t there a major airport locked down for something like 4 hours while Bill Clinton got a haircut?


9 posted on 02/24/2013 8:18:41 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: icwhatudo

Closing my tower in Hickory, NC........Wow; all 4 to 9 flights a day will really suffer long delays while sitting in the number 1 position for takeoff (no other planes at same time). Looks like the 2 controllers in the tower will need counseling next. Close it!


10 posted on 02/24/2013 8:20:03 AM PST by captnorb
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To: Sub-Driver

QE-4 has been generating 85 Billion a month for the past 6 month and we have NO idea where that money is going so we are basically at even it we cut 85 and continue to create 85 Billion. These government created crisis every two weeks is getting tiring.


11 posted on 02/24/2013 8:21:54 AM PST by edcoil (Manage your own lawsuit: www.jurisdictionary.com?refercode=KK0012)
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To: captnorb

As far as I am concerned they can shut the entire govt down for 6 months. We will survive.


12 posted on 02/24/2013 8:23:34 AM PST by statered ("And you know what I mean.")
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To: Sub-Driver
Cuts to defense, cuts to air-traffic controllers... What I want to know is are we cutting the {expletive} entitlement programs? You know, all those things the feds have their fingers into even though they have no Constitutional authority to do so? How about doing just the things you're supposed to be doing? You have more than enough $ for that.
13 posted on 02/24/2013 8:25:56 AM PST by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: icwhatudo

Aren’t many or most Controllers SALARIED rather than Hourly workers?

There is NO savings in cutting the hours of Salaried folks!


14 posted on 02/24/2013 8:26:04 AM PST by PizzaDriver ( on)
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To: Sub-Driver
A competent executive could deal with a 2.5% cut , without even breaking a sweat. (It's not 4% as LaHood is crying about.) I guess we know what that makes LaHood: incompetent!
15 posted on 02/24/2013 8:26:12 AM PST by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
Well, of course they're going to cut the 4% where the hoi polloi feel it the most -- not from the White House Kobe beef budget and the Pentagon VIP Gulfstream V budget!

But nobody goes to the airport and expects not to be annoyed by the gov't today. The last time I flew it was to Hawaii, and that was just because I couldn't drive there.

16 posted on 02/24/2013 8:26:42 AM PST by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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4%? Shorter coffee breaks for controllers, I guess....And, is this 4% an actual cut, or simply a reduction in a scheduled increase? How stupid do they think we are?


17 posted on 02/24/2013 8:27:27 AM PST by clintonh8r (Happy to be represented by Lt. Col. Allen West)
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To: edcoil
And this would be a 4% cut in their eagerly awaited and expected increase in their funding.
Dang, it is tough for a parasite to make it any more.
TWB
18 posted on 02/24/2013 8:28:17 AM PST by TWhiteBear (Sarah Palin...The Flame of the North)
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To: Sub-Driver
4% ? We refer to that as "Budget Dust".

Thanks to Obama I am spending 100% more for fuel, electricity is 37% higher thanks to his war on coal.

My taxes at the Local, State and Federal level all went up well over 4%.

I don't qualify for food stamps, WIC, subsidized housing, welfare or an Obama phone.

Obama wants me to pay more for the Tri Care that the Army promised me in lieu of wages that matched the private sector.

And now emperor Obama has made the price of ammo soar with his gun grabbing ways.

F**K your 4% cut Mr President. When people stop flying because it becomes too much of a hassle then you can bail out the airlines. Maybe the Republicans in CONgress will grow some balls and not fund your idiot ideas.

19 posted on 02/24/2013 8:40:28 AM PST by Newbomb Turk ("All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.")
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To: FlingWingFlyer
It appears as though the communists are going to needlessly cut workers and services in order to win their propaganda battle to raise taxes against hardworking Americans.

I see this as insubordination by public servants. They are being ordered to reduce expenses and they react in an obstructionist or hostile manner that indicates aggression. They should be made to step down if they can't do the job they were hired to perform.

20 posted on 02/24/2013 8:42:14 AM PST by oldbrowser (They are marxists, don't call them democrats)
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To: Joe Boucher

“...her two brats ...”

Saskatchewan & Malaysia?


21 posted on 02/24/2013 8:42:32 AM PST by carriage_hill (AR-10s & AR-15s Are The 21st Century's Muskets. Free Men Need Not Ask Permission!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Since, the incompetent are leading the FAA, the first to be laid off will be the competent ATCs, thus, being able to blame a future air catastrophe on the Republicans.


22 posted on 02/24/2013 8:45:55 AM PST by depressed in 06 (America conceived in liberty, dies in slavery.)
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To: oldbrowser

I agree. They also need to be reminded that they are nothing more than public servants who work for us. Americans don’t “DO” mini fascist dictators and we won’t tolerate that kind of nonsense in OUR country.


23 posted on 02/24/2013 8:46:39 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Progressive, Marxist liberals do not evolve, they morph into fascists.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Ray LaWolf, fear-monger extraordinaire.
24 posted on 02/24/2013 8:55:16 AM PST by JPG (Stay strong.)
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To: cripplecreek

Yeah, LAX. AF1 sat on the Tarmac with Bill inside getting his hair cut. It closed down the airspace for four hours!

These people are our servants. We need a revolution to remind them of that.


25 posted on 02/24/2013 8:57:20 AM PST by 23 Everest (When seconds count. The police are just 23 minutes away. 831 Bonnie)
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To: Sub-Driver

Fine. This is what the ASSCLOWN signed into law. HE WANTED THE SEQUESTER, agreed with it, AND SIGNED IT INTO LAW.

Obama the Assclown OWNS the sequester.


26 posted on 02/24/2013 9:08:08 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: Sub-Driver

If the managers of these airports are unable to maintain services by finding more efficient ways to offset a four percent reduction in funding ... they should be FIRED !


27 posted on 02/24/2013 9:09:54 AM PST by layman (Card Carrying Infidel)
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To: layman
If the managers of these airports are unable to maintain services by finding more efficient ways to offset a four percent reduction in funding ... they should be FIRED !

Could probably save 4% by only having 1 office party/Las Vegas "convention".
28 posted on 02/24/2013 9:31:19 AM PST by Foolsgold (Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber)
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To: cripplecreek

That was John Edwards.


29 posted on 02/24/2013 9:50:47 AM PST by Delta Dawn
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To: Delta Dawn

Edwards might have done something similar but Clinton did it in LA in 1993.


30 posted on 02/24/2013 11:34:38 AM PST by ken in texas (I was taught to respect my elders but it keeps getting harder to find any.)
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To: Sub-Driver; fieldmarshaldj; Impy; PhilCollins; AuH2ORepublican

Ray LaHood Resigns as U.S. DOT Chief: Secretary Ray LaHood announced this morning that his time heading up the Department of Transportation has reached the end of the road, according to a news release
“I have let President Obama know that I will not serve a second term as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation”.
— Ray LaHood, January 19, 2013

Appearing at the White House on Friday, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood warned cuts would result in major delays at American airports.
“My audience is trying to persuade my former colleagues that they need to come to the table with a proposal, which frankly they haven’t done. While the president has, the Republicans haven’t”
— Ray LaHood, February 24th, 2013


The DIABLO (Democrat In All But Label Only) combiner seems to have a different definition of “resign” and “not serve a second term” as everyone else. Over a month after “resigning” and having a farewell party, it seems like there’s no rush to name a replacement for him.

What bothers me is a number of conservatives seem have drunk the kool-aid that LaHood’s pampered son Darin (who was appointed to a State Senate seat over two vastly more qualified Republicans because of daddy’s name) is “not like his father” and is a “true conservative”.

Darin has been a good boy and voted the “party line” during the 18 months or so he’s been in the state Senate, so he claim to be a loyal conservative when daddy’s old Congressional seat opens up. The GOP establishment is grooming Congressman Schock to run for statewide office in 2014, and I’m betting they’ll push to appoint Darin to his dad’s old congressional seat — selling him as the natural heir and a “staunch conservative Republican”. Darin will show his true colors once he gets a cushy seat-for-life in Congress.

Don’t fall for it, freepers!


31 posted on 02/24/2013 11:45:50 AM PST by BillyBoy ( Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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To: PizzaDriver
GS employees work scheduled shifts and pay is handled on an hourly basis.

The bigger question for the FAA is why they aren't cutting more hours off non-essential personnel and keeping the controllers working. At my local airport, if they cut back an hour of coverage a day nobody would notice.

32 posted on 02/24/2013 11:52:56 AM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: BillyBoy

LaThug resigned ? Did anyone bother to tell him ?


33 posted on 02/24/2013 12:02:06 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: BillyBoy; Impy

If you were the current democrat president, whom would you nominate for secretary of transporation? I’d nominate ex-Congressman Jerry Costello, since, during his last term, he was the third-highest ranking Democrat on the House Transportation & Inffrastructure Committee.

If Rep. Schock runs, statewide, I hope that he’ll run for governor. A conservative Republican, Chad Koppie, is already running for the U.S. Senate.


34 posted on 02/24/2013 2:12:59 PM PST by PhilCollins
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To: Sub-Driver
Appearing at the White House on Friday, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood warned those cuts would result in major delays at American airports.

But no mention of cuts to high level bureaucrats? No wonder we're so screwed.

35 posted on 02/24/2013 4:30:36 PM PST by Sarajevo (Don't think for a minute that this excuse for a President has America's best interest in mind.)
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To: PhilCollins; BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican

If I was Obama? I’d want to have some fun with it. I’d appoint Ralph Nader or my half-aunt that lived here illegally until she was granted asylum, she’s been on a plane so she’s qualified. Or maybe hold a contest amongst NYC cabbies to find the best one.

I hope Schock runs for Governor (if anything) rather than Senator as well because that is a waste of time unless Turban retires.


36 posted on 02/26/2013 3:22:46 PM PST by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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