Most everyone has heard of Obamacare, the unpopular name critics appended to the president’s 2,400-page Affordable Health Care Act monstrosity. Make way for a new epithet courtesy of the Republican Party of Florida: “Obama Flight Delays” to describe the ‘in your face’ FAA furloughs that mired weary travelers at airports across the country.
Citizen uproar was heard in Washington where the Senate, having previously refused to consider giving the president more authority to determine sequester cuts, now suddenly scrambled to join the House in approving a bill to allow the Secretary of Transportation more leeway to move money around and retract the furloughs.
Responding to the outrage, Obama indicates he will sign the bill. It appears his strategy of making sequester as painful as possible is backfiring. Democrats’ doomsday warnings that automatic budget cuts would cause thousands of jobs losses and economic havoc are now revealed as the obnoxious political ploy they are. Meanwhile, the Republican assertion that cutting just 2.4 percent of a $3.6 trillion budget is not Armageddon and that federal agencies can reduce non-essential programs and services, is gaining traction.
It’s difficult to believe that additional administration efforts to inflict maximum sequester pain will be credible after the “Obama Flight Plan Delays” debacle.
The GOP in Florida got it right. From now on all such efforts should carry the president’s name.