Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Why I'm pissed

I couldn't explain why I was so pissed by the Congressional action granting the FAA the freedom to end furloughs for air-traffic controllers. I was too angry to type more than I did. I still am. Fortunately Brian Beutler at Talking Points Memo did the job for me.
Now that the administration has made an exception to its own rule in order to end flight delays, the onus is on them to demonstrate that flexibility won’t work when sequestration causes other problems down the road.
Make one exception, make a million of them. And since Republicans will never support helping the poor, the bulk of the cuts under sequestration will end up falling on those least able to cope.

(Incidentally, when asshats gibber about sequestration representing such a miniscule slice of the budget that those protesting the cuts must be hopeless big-spending liberals, I want to smack them. Indeed, the part of the budget open to any public discussion of "cuts" is a ridiculously small slice, and most of it helps the poor. What the asshats either are too stupid or too dishonest to admit is, huge portions of the budget ought to be on the table, but Washington won't countenance the discussions because they would unduly affect politically powerful constituencies like Big Agriculture.)

It's not about the FAA. It was never about the FAA. It was about principle.

And now we know our elected representatives have none.

Fuck 'em. Fuck 'em all.

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