Yesterday, the federal government began cutting the work hours of Air Traffic Controllers allegedly because of the sequester. The controllers will now be required to take one unpaid day off every 15 days. Today we learned of up to two hour delays at JFK due to the sequester. Forgetting for the moment that the sequester was the President’s idea, I’d like you to think about a few things.
As best I can tell, Senator Harry Reid’s beloved Cowboy Poetry Festival is still slated as scheduled. Yes, it “only” costs taxpayers $50,000 a year, but, why are we spending your money on this event in the first place?
The President has argued repeatedly that he can do nothing to alter how the sequestration is implemented, because, you see, the sequester is an act of Congress, and thus he is powerless to intervene.
To that extent it is refreshing to learn that the President believes he cannot unilaterally overturn an act of Congress with which he does not agree.
And yet, in recent months, the President, by Executive Order, has decided to allow children of illegal immigrants to obtain work permits in this country. This order violates federal laws duly passed by Congress.
The President also, by Executive Order, has altered the work requirements contained in our welfare laws. Those laws, too, were duly passed by Congress.
If the President does not like the effects of the sequester, is there some reason why he can’t use an Executive Order to make it less painful to the American public by, let’s say cancelling funding for the Cowboy Poetry Festival, or the thousands of other programs that should not be funded with your dollars?
Am I missing something, or is it the President’s design to make life as difficult as possible for the American public?
Should you need anymore proof,
On Monday, as flight delays were hitting travelers at airports around the country due to these allegedly unavoidable cuts, the top story on the Department of Transportation’s website announced a $474 million grant program that promises to “make communities more livable and sustainable.”