Skip to comments.Controllers must be cut in a week, LaHood says
Posted on 02/24/2013 8:04:38 AM PST by Sub-DriverEdited 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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A 4% cut? THE HORROR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
“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.
Well Ray, don’t just stand there with your junk in your hand. Use it if you dare.
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.
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.
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
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 #@!#!
Wasn’t there a major airport locked down for something like 4 hours while Bill Clinton got a haircut?
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!
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.
As far as I am concerned they can shut the entire govt down for 6 months. We will survive.
Aren’t many or most Controllers SALARIED rather than Hourly workers?
There is NO savings in cutting the hours of Salaried folks!
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.
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?
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.
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.
“...her two brats ...”
Saskatchewan & Malaysia?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 !
That was John Edwards.
Edwards might have done something similar but Clinton did it in LA in 1993.
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!
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.
LaThug resigned ? Did anyone bother to tell him ?
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.
But no mention of cuts to high level bureaucrats? No wonder we're so screwed.
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.