An ongoing series pointing out how relentlessly stupid and inefficient government can be at its worst. Enjoy!
The WSJ posted an article today, The Senate After Dark, which calls attention to the fact that the FAA is warning of coming sequester-related furloughs at major airports around the country. Okay, we knew there was going to be some pain; so what is unusual about this situation?
First and foremost, the fact that, just before the sequester hit, the TSA signed a new $50 million contract for new uniforms for TSA employees. While contracting with suppliers is a normal part of government business, signing a huge contract with a non-US manufacturer on the eve of sequester shows a level of government stupidity that cannot be ignored.
But there’s more! There’s normal government stupidity, then there’s deliberate, aggressive government stupidity. This is the kind of stupidity clearly demonstrated by the DOT, which has decided that, while the FAA accounts for only 20% of their total budget, they should absorb 60% of sequester-related cuts! Why? Perhaps because this is the best way to help those voters feel the pain ahead of 2014 elections?
And that’s not all! Airport furloughs can still be avoided and delays averted, but, as the WSJ reports, some in Congress would rather not make things easier on all those taxpayers out there…
Many of the service cutbacks could have been easily avoided by a budget amendment last week sponsored by Republican Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas. He proposed replacing $50 million of FAA sequester cuts with savings from unspent balances, which are a kind of agency slush fund, and by reducing other low-priority spending. Great idea.
How did the vote turn out? There wasn’t one. Majority Leader Reid blocked the amendment from ever getting to the Senate floor. Mr. Moran believes that public safety is compromised by these control-tower cuts, and he calls the Reid gambit “a very dangerous way to try to score political points.”
So, there you have it. Willful, gleeful, damaging spending allocations in the hopes of stirring up anger and partisanship in the United States; all to score a few political points.
But if Democrats think this will work in their favor, they truly are as stupid as they look. This kind of willful economic mayhem cannot be kept secret, and already the President’s numbers are moving rapidly south.
Even the NY Times had to admit that President Obama has lost his advantage to Republicans when it comes to economic issues. And yet Democrats seem determined to do whatever is possible to mismanage funds in the hopes of winning elections.
Americans don’t pay much attention to politics because, quite frankly, they’re busy living their lives. But they, unlike government, are not stupid. If Democrats continue these tactics, they’ll lose far more than they ever hoped to gain.