Washington (CNN) - When Democrats unsuccessfully tried months ago to persuade Republicans to replace forced spending cuts with a mix of tax and spending cuts, they predicted the GOP would come around in the spring when the reductions kicked in and constituents started complaining about the effects – like long lines at airports and flight delays.
But now, instead of Republicans conceding, it is Democrats who are giving in to public pressure to reverse one of the most visible consequences of $85 billion in government-wide, indiscriminate spending reductions approved by Congress - cuts at the Federal Aviation Administration.
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Next congress will increase their salary and shut down the schools
What is the Republican plan for making up the lost revenue if they don't cut the airline costs? That's the problem with Republicans, they claim that they want spending cuts but they only define cutting Social Security and Medicare. Both of these programs are the only programs in the budget that recipients have actually PAID to receive! How about cutting Congressional staff, salaries and benefits? Republicans agreed to the Sequester but they whine about cutting WH tours, which is NOT critical spending. They whine about other cuts to programs that are non-essential and now they whine about the across the board cuts that they agreed to. Everyone needs to grow up! When spending is cut, it means services are cut. This is just the beginning. It takes revenue to provide the programs that people want. No revenue – no programs.
I think it is called passing a Budget! And we know who has been dragging their feet. Democrat Senators are bailing out in droves. With Obama Care looming on the Horizion, make that never happening and you can see the problem.
Gutless Congressmen and a population too stupid to understand ramifications of the sequester – a disgusting combination. Did America believe that relinquishing the responsibilities of leadership to ridiculous "automatic spending cuts" wouldn't produce a poor outcome? People aren't concerned about the much greater list of honest federal workers who have been hurt by the failure of our Congress to do their most basic job – produce a budget. Let's flush the Tea Baggers in 2014!
The dem learned they cant push us around anymore we r standing up to the bullies
I will forever be amazed at how easily a politician can distance themselves from the truth. Our President pushed for the sequester. It was his idea. Now he blames everyone else for it's imposition. I pray that one day this proud country will have a president with the courage to admit his mistakes. Someone we can trust and believe in to lead us back on the road of greatness.
That is the measure of a man. The courage to take the blame, not to cringe and create fall guys to be sacrificed on the public alter.
This one goes into the win column for the Republicans. The losers are those most vulnerable and invisible among us, the elderly, sick, hungry, and poor.