Victory! Or what passes for it in Congress

By: James Simpson

Friday, April 26, 2013 Yesterday we reported that the FAA has more funds in its 2013 budget after the sequester, than Obama originally requested for 2013. Yet the administration chose to layoff air traffic controllers – a move that has caused thousands of flight delays over the past few days.

You, me and a bunch of other people raised Hell about this yesterday. Congress heard. According to Politico, today Congress passed, and the Obama administration will sign, a Republican-sponsored bill that provides funding specifically to prevent the FAA from furloughing air traffic controllers.

This forces the Obama administration to quit carping about the Sequester – you know, the one Obama was for before he was against. In fact, the Sequester was Obama’s plan, as his own advisors admit.

In providing funding however, Congress unfortunately accepts Obama’s wholly fallacious assertion that the Sequester actually forced these layoffs. No such thing happened. As we documented yesterday, even post-Sequester, they have more money in the FAA budget than they asked for in 2013. So how is it possible that the Sequester caused the furloughs? As has been thoroughly documented, Obama and the Democrats chose to make the Sequester as painful as possible, creating inconvenience (and danger) for air travelers in an effort to embarrass Republicans.

This is all about 2014 folks, and Obama and the Democrats have proven that they are willing to put your safety and convenience at risk to achieve their self-serving political goals. The Republicans should be pounding out this message at every opportunity. They’re not, but at least we can thank them for preventing Obama from putting us at further risk.

James Simpson, DC Independent Examiner

James Simpson is an investigative journalist, businessman and former economist and budget examiner for the White House Office of Management and Budget. Mr. Simpson is best known for his exposé of Obama’s “Manufactured Crisis Strategy,” and is featured in Curtis Bowers’ award winning documentary…