Every agency has been given a percentage to cut. Those cuts cannot be
transferred from the FAA to Homeland Security, or to other agencies.
That's the beauty of the sequester. All agencies have to cut in each
program area. Training cuts cannot make up for personnel cuts, etc. Travel
money cannot be transferred to operations, etc. It is illegal to transfer money
between program areas. Many an agency head has been prosecuted or fired for
doing just that. If any of the above posters had any experience with
governmental accounting, they could respond intelligently instead of "rock
parties at the White House,""DHS ammo," etc. Please
learn a little about a subject before lashing out.
@lost Obama did not author anything, the sequester was part of the
congressional negotiations and part of the budget they gave the president. You
remember congress right the ones you always tell us get to decide the budget not
the president. Maybe he should have vetoed the budget but then you would have
just cried foul about that too. You can try to lie this at Obamas feet but you
got exactly what you have been begging for and by the way thanks.
George,lest you forget, BO authored the sequester, not congress.THAT is why BO is the one to blame. BO DID IT!And are you saying
the cheif executive has no discretion? really???
@lost Why does it matter? Because you are blaming Obama for congresses
frailer to act, accusing him of all kinds of baseless conspiracies. You are
always one of the ones calling for reductions in spending, what exactly did you
think was going to happen when you got your way? How about you stop blaming
others when you get what you asked for?
George,what does it matter HOW the cuts came about? A leader would try to
minimize the impacts on the constituency - BO is trying to maximize the impact,
not letting any type of crisis go to waste. BO is a politician - and a Chicago
politican at that (the WORST kind), not a leader.
@lost these were autmoatic cuts agreed to by congress but nice try.
BO just wants to cause as much pain as he can since he didn't get his way
in the budget negotiations. A leader would find a way to minimize the impact, a
politician finds the way to maximize the impact. After all, BO can NEVER let a
good crisis go to waste - that's one reason why he creates so many of
them.If DHS were to resell some of the 2 billion rounds of
ammunition they have been hoarding and supplying to the social security
administration, there would be plenty of money to maintain FAA staffing and not
have to furlough anyone.Why does DHS need enough ammo to prosecute
the height of the Iraq war for 24 years?
I would like to see Michelle's vacations furloughed
I personally would like to see some TSA people furloughed. Or better yet,
furlough some welfare recipients, people on food stamps, or people living on
unemployment that won't look for jobs.
Why can we afford rock-star parties at the White House but we can't afford
air traffic controllers?
The staffing at airports which should have been furloughed would be some TAS
staff instead of air traffic controllers. There are some great ones
at all the airports I frequent--but I personally would LOVE to designate which
ones would have a few -or make that many- furlough days.....(hint: that would be
those of you who are on a power trip and rude, or the
think-they-are-indispensable and rude, or the clueless and rude. Or the merely
rude.)There are many which are great, personable, caring, and are
good sports, and believe me, the flying public NOTICE the huge difference
between this group and the first group mentioned-- and we are grateful.