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Fri Feb 22, 2013, 06:57 PM

Slowing Air Traffic Is Serious Sequester Hardball From The White House

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Slowing Air Traffic Is Serious Sequester Hardball From The White House
22 Feb 2013
Posted by Stan Collender


The Clinton administration didn't play as much hardball as it could have during the 1995 and 1996 federal shutdowns because it decided that the air traffic control system was a critical government activity.

Doing the opposite -- and it definitely was a discretionary presidential decision rather than a legislated mandate -- likely would have ended the shutdowns much faster because of the outcry when planes were grounded and everything from Fed Ex to business trips to honeymoons were affected. The economic damage and anger would have been immediate and intense.

The Obama White House appears to be going in a very different direction with the sequester. As this story by Matthew Wald in today's New York Times shows, not only will the air traffic control system be included if the sequester occurs, the administration clearly is not reluctant in the slightest about making it clear that flights will be canceled or seriously delayed...or both if the sequester happens.

The article also makes it clear that a federal function that didn't exist in 95-96 -- the Transportation Security Administration and the security screenings it conducts at airports -- will also be seriously affected.

This is why I keep saying that the politics of the sequester will change almost immediately after it starts. Slowdowns at U.S... airports, national parks closed one day a week, slower-than-usual tax refunds -- all of which are likely to happen starting on March 1 -- almost change how voters view the situation and the pressure on members of Congress to deal with it.

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babylonsister Feb 2013 OP
babylonsister Feb 2013 #1
littlemissmartypants Feb 2013 #2
newfie11 Feb 2013 #3
babylonsister Feb 2013 #4
newfie11 Feb 2013 #5
babylonsister Feb 2013 #6
Thor_MN Feb 2013 #12
Drahthaardogs Feb 2013 #7
EastKYLiberal Feb 2013 #8
Zorro Feb 2013 #9
babylonsister Feb 2013 #10
babylonsister Feb 2013 #11
Bake Feb 2013 #13
Amonester Feb 2013 #15
Gorp Feb 2013 #14

Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 08:32 PM

1. So no thoughts on this? I'm not traveling

in the near future, but suspect things will change immediately when travelers are inconvenienced.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 08:45 PM

2. I am all for grounding the one percent.

Now if we could just figure out how to take away their gas guzzling limos.

Love, Peace and Shelter. lmsp

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 08:59 PM

3. I am flying to Ireland THURSDAY

I hope this over before coming back. Oh well if I am stuck in Ireland that's ok with me.

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Response to newfie11 (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 09:02 PM

4. Dammit! Lucky you!!!

Tell us all about it if you ever get back!

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Response to babylonsister (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 09:10 PM

5. Lol

I am kind of hoping to get stuck there for a couple of weeks.

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Response to newfie11 (Reply #5)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 09:20 PM

6. I don't blame you! Take pix!

And bon voyage!!

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Response to newfie11 (Reply #3)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 08:49 AM

12. I hope that doesn't turn out to be "self deportation" for you

At least not for too long...

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 10:38 PM

7. Good!

It is time federal employees are appreciated. Let the GOPers stand in line, let them not get their social security check, let their tax returns be month slate.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 10:50 PM

8. I hope it lasts at least a month.

 

It will completely sink the Republican Party.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 11:28 PM

9. The sequester is serious business

but the Republicans think it's a winner for them. That's why they're called the Stupid party.

It won't only be air travelers that will be impacted. CBS News also talked about how the lack of federal inspectors at meat and poultry plants will slow down production and lead to shortages and higher prices.

I think the country will be furious if sequestration happens, and it will be the Republicans that will be recognized as the source of the problem. It's as if they want to punish the American people for re-electing Obama.

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Response to Zorro (Reply #9)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 12:16 AM

10. Thank you, and you are correct.

The more people are discomforted by what's going to happen, the more the gop will reap what they sow.

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Response to Zorro (Reply #9)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 02:24 AM

11. In a nutshell, yes, they can't STAND that Obama is our Prez.

Too bad.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 05:16 PM

13. Actually, it'll be FedEx and UPS screaming when their planes can't get off the ground.

That ought to get the GOP's attention.

Bake

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Response to Bake (Reply #13)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 02:50 AM

15. It's more the lack of donations (bribes) their CEOs will be sending them...

next time the tearorists will call for 'fundraising' methinks...

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 05:30 PM

14. It can get slower than it already is? That's news to me.

 

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