Sequestration may force Congressmen onto commercial flights


Congress people relax after a grueling session at the Bali global warming conference

Congress people relax after a grueling session at the Bali global warming conference

Cut in military budget may cause Air Force to stop providing free flights around the world to our ruling class. It’ll never happen – this is the military equivalent of firing school crossing guards, but my response is , oh please, oh please? Pampered jerks.

UPDATE: WaPo: Democrats’ biggest fear is that the sequester won’t hurt. Which is why, though they’ll never allow their private jet fleet go down, they’re making such an effort to make certain it hurts citizens.

In the long partisan conflict over government spending, the sequester is where the rubber meets the road. Obama is betting Americans will be outraged by the abrupt and substantial cuts to a wide range of government services, from law enforcement to food safety to public schools. And he is hoping they will rise up to demand what he calls a “balanced approach” to deficit reduction that replaces some cuts with higher taxes.

But if voters react with a shrug, congressional Republicans will have won a major victory in their campaign to shrink the size of government. Instead of cancelling the sequester, the GOP will likely push for more.

“It would be a big problem for the White House if the sequester came and went and nobody really noticed anything. Then people will start saying, ‘Well, maybe we can cut spending,” said John H. Makin, a resident scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute who penned a recent Wall Street Journal piece titled “Learning to Love the Sequester.”

Adding to the liberal angst is concern that the scale of the cuts may be overstated, at least in the short term. While the sequester orders the White House to withdraw $85 billion in spending authority from affected agencies in the fiscal year that ends in September, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office predicts that agencies will reduce actual spending by only about $44 billion, with the remaining cuts carried over into future years.

Compared with total 2013 discretionary spending, that’s a cut of less than 4 percent.


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6 responses to “Sequestration may force Congressmen onto commercial flights

  1. D

    Maybe then they’d drop the TSA. Members of congress should never be exempted from rules they create which affect all Americans.

  2. Libertarian Advocate

    Probably just the thing that’ll motivate them to resolve the mess [strike that] kick the can further down the road.

  3. Well, this is going to be settled. Do you think Michelle Bachmann is going to take the middle seat??

    • My impression of Congress is that there are maybe 5 representatives, split between both parties, who would voluntarily fly commercial, and no senators. You mention Bachman, I’d have you remember “Pelosi’s Air Force” for which she would commandeer not one but two Gulstreams for her weekly flights to California and scream bloody murder if they weren’t available on a particular weekend. Humility is not a term usually associated with our representatives of the people.

  4. Fred2

    Thank you for the discreet lighting of the swimmers, or a moment I thought might see Sen. Pelosi or Mr. Boehner in swimming togs.

    But Hey, Give the rep and senators some credit, they know that being stuck in jet plane with a couple hundred random constituents might not conducive to a long & happy life.