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(The Consumerist)   FAA reminds travelers that the Sequester is still happening, and that upcoming furloughs could affect "thousands of flights per day." But don't worry, Congress is on it, right? Right?   (consumerist.com) divider line 22
    More: Scary, Federal Aviation Administration, National Air Traffic Controllers Association, Chicago's O'Hare, Philadelphia International, flights, major airline, Los Angeles International  
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2013-04-19 12:03:33 PM
This article isn't complete shiat. Did I click the wrong link?
 
2013-04-19 12:09:19 PM
If the FAA lobbyists had their acts together, this wouldn't be happening
 
2013-04-19 12:11:41 PM
So they are saying they know about it. Why can't they just modify the schedules? At least then it will just suck all at once, not continuously for several months. This is like the petty, childish behavior I expect from city govt and school districts.
 
2013-04-19 12:13:56 PM
If you are the head of a department and can find ways to absorb a 3% budget reduction without applying it to you most important roles, you need fired and are a retard. Exsample: Idiot vilsack saying he is going to cut meat inspectors instead of things like car allowance, meetings, office supplies, ect...
 
2013-04-19 12:26:27 PM
Washington is BORING today.
 
2013-04-19 12:44:30 PM

Joe Blowme: If you are the head of a department and can't find ways to absorb a 3% budget reduction without applying it to you most important roles, you need fired and are a retard. Exsample: Idiot vilsack saying he is going to cut meat inspectors instead of things like car allowance, meetings, office supplies, ect...


FTFY ... and on top of that it's not even a reduction it's 3% less of an increase. It's very disappointing that we have people in positions of power that exhibit such petty vindictive behavior. It's like watching a 3 year old throwing a temper tantrum. This kind of crap hardly ever flies in the business world. Probably because it's far more likely that the cause of the chaos would be fired or the company would tank or both. So if the free market won't put up with these bellicose self destructive shenanigans why should we tolerate them from government?
 
2013-04-19 12:56:03 PM

slashmonkey: Joe Blowme: If you are the head of a department and can't find ways to absorb a 3% budget reduction without applying it to you most important roles, you need fired and are a retard. Exsample: Idiot vilsack saying he is going to cut meat inspectors instead of things like car allowance, meetings, office supplies, ect...

FTFY ... and on top of that it's not even a reduction it's 3% less of an increase. It's very disappointing that we have people in positions of power that exhibit such petty vindictive behavior. It's like watching a 3 year old throwing a temper tantrum. This kind of crap hardly ever flies in the business world. Probably because it's far more likely that the cause of the chaos would be fired or the company would tank or both. So if the free market won't put up with these bellicose self destructive shenanigans why should we tolerate them from government?


THIS ^

All that the Federal Government needs to do is temporarily freeze wages or cut overtime, and everything can operate as usual until a better solution is found. These furloughs and other cuts are happening because the feds continue to increase spending in other departments.
 
2013-04-19 01:07:05 PM
or, you know, congress could get off their ass and run the country, instead of being petty tyrants.   It's a thought.
 
2013-04-19 01:07:46 PM
The wages are more than covered by taxes and what EVERY airplane that lands at large airports needs to pay. This should not happen. The best comment I've seen makes the point that in business people would be fired if this much of a hit was felt from a 3 percent reduction in spending took place. Vindictive indeed and being vindictive against the American people who work for a living and pay their bills. Makes me sick
 
2013-04-19 01:10:05 PM
Airline bailout in 3....2....1....
 
2013-04-19 01:40:53 PM
Maybe they can funnel some of the vacations and entertainment money that Obama is spending endlessly on.
 
2013-04-19 02:05:46 PM
Blowme Joe
If you are the head of a department and can find ways to absorb a 3% budget reduction without applying it to you most important roles, you need fired and are a retard. Exsample: Idiot vilsack saying he is going to cut meat inspectors instead of things like car allowance, meetings, office supplies, ect

No, Dept./Agencies are not allowed that discretion (why Sen. Blunt, MO et al had to write special dispensation language for inspectors).

Q. Can the federal departments and agencies choose which programs to cut, sparing those that officials consider vital?

A. No. Under the rules, the percentage cuts must apply to specific programs, projects and activities. Everything is subject to the same percentage cut. That spreads the pain, but it also prevents agency managers from focusing the cuts on programs that may be ineffective or inefficient - and protecting those that may affect public health and safety.


http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/22/us/politics/questions-and-answer s-ab out-the-sequester.html?_r=0

Threat of sequester was the poison pill that Congress agreed not to swallow, but did.  Yes, Obama signed on but if he hadn't I'm sure the ratings agencies would have taken action (gridlock immediately more actionable than gridlock delayed).  A bullshiat move, all around by all involved (however it was the Repub's debt ceiling theater that had direct cost of 1.2 billion that year and who knows how much in the future AAa, huh?) guess it depends on how one wishes to waste taxpayer (future taxpayer) dollars*.  Sequester was the consequence of their continued intransigence.

 *    http://www.gao.gov/assets/600/592832.pdf
 
2013-04-19 02:07:59 PM
I'm confused; how does cutting the equivalent of half a single day's money borrowing cut all these services?
 
2013-04-19 02:31:16 PM

slashmonkey: Joe Blowme: If you are the head of a department and can't find ways to absorb a 3% budget reduction without applying it to you most important roles, you need fired and are a retard. Exsample: Idiot vilsack saying he is going to cut meat inspectors instead of things like car allowance, meetings, office supplies, ect...

FTFY ... and on top of that it's not even a reduction it's 3% less of an increase. It's very disappointing that we have people in positions of power that exhibit such petty vindictive behavior. It's like watching a 3 year old throwing a temper tantrum. This kind of crap hardly ever flies in the business world. Probably because it's far more likely that the cause of the chaos would be fired or the company would tank or both. So if the free market won't put up with these bellicose self destructive shenanigans why should we tolerate them from government?


It's not a 3% cut of the FAA budget, but of the future increase to all the Fed budget. The FAA must cut their current budget by 527 million  to the end of the fiscal year to accommodate  the Fed cuts.

I'm taking my first furlough day a week from Tuesday. Fly safe Y'all.
 
2013-04-19 02:49:54 PM
I don't know what a sequester is but I would like to think it would be a belieber too.
 
2013-04-19 03:09:08 PM
well hell.  Sales are already down due TSA, over protective pilots thinking an opinion requires an arrest, and kick the guitar with United.  Why not lessen the number of flights too
 
2013-04-19 03:09:43 PM
"dear browser.  It's DUE TO tsa"
 
2013-04-19 03:15:19 PM
The feds will spend $3.796 trillion this year's $3.729 trillion. That's UP almost $70 billion from last year. There are no cuts. You're being scammed.
 
2013-04-19 03:16:22 PM
Should be:

The feds will spend $3.796 trillion this year. That's UP almost $70 billion from last year's $3.729 trillion. There are no cuts. You're being scammed.

/copy and paste... how does it work?
 
2013-04-19 03:45:24 PM
As an FAA employee taking my first of several furlough days due to sequestration next week, I'm getting a kick out of these replies...

/I wont be getting a kick out of my next paycheck though...
 
2013-04-19 06:00:27 PM
ozman:
I'm taking my first furlough day a week from Tuesday. Fly safe Y'all.

Mine is next Thursday.  Granted, my paycheck will be a bit smaller, but I will be happy to have a day off.
 
2013-04-20 12:53:22 PM
sequester is ~2.4%. It is less than the increase over last year.

What is being done is to make cuts where people will notice them. Standard political practice.

Meanwhile the stuff that profits the politicians remains untouched.

Not to mention that most people in this country actually needing to live with less than they did last year.
 
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