Crowley Busts LaHood: Post-Sequester FAA Budget $500 Million More Than 2008 ...


Crowley Busts LaHood: Post-Sequester FAA Budget $500 Million More Than 2008 When Planes Ran Just Fine
By Noel Sheppard | February 24, 2013 | 10:34

When the Washington Post’s Bob Woodward broke ranks with the Obama-loving media to correctly point out Friday that it was indeed the White House that originally proposed sequestration back in 2011, it was going to be interesting to see how many of his colleagues would follow suit.

On Sunday, CNN’s Candy Crowley appeared to do so as she pressured Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood about whether or not the administration has “ginned up” the impact of the sequester in order to pressure Congress telling him at one point, “Your post-sequester total at FAA ops and facilities and equipment is going to be about $500 million more than 2008 and the planes were running just fine” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

To my “nose” this Sequester Panic has had a significant whiff of Washington Monument Syndrome odor. LaHood’s pronouncement (Thursday or Friday?) that air travel would be seriously impacted was the clincher for me. Obviously bureaucrats are going to distribute any cuts that may happen in such a fashion as to teach the serfs (= taxpayers) a “lesson”. It’s so blatant that even CNN has called it out!


One of the Dems on the talk shows this morning said that the worst thing that could happen would be if the sequester happened and nobody much noticed.

Leads one to think:

  1. Obama will be looking to cut a last minute deal to avoid that risk.
  2. They’ll be looking to make cuts where they will create the most public disruption and anger.