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WSJ: Flight Delays as Political Strategy.

This week White House Press Secretary Jay Carney blamed Republicans and the sequester — even though it was Obama’s sequester — for FAA air-traffic controller furloughs and the associated flight delays.

“We made it clear that there would be these kinds of negative effects if Congress failed to take reasonable action to avert the sequester,” press secretary Jay Carney said. “The fact is Congress had an opportunity, but Republicans made a choice, and this is a result of a choice they made to embrace sequester, as — and I’m quoting Republicans — a victory for the Tea Party and a home run.”

The White House spin is predictable and, more importantly, the flight delays were a choice they made.

[WSJ] Capitol Hill Republicans say the White House is free to make other cuts instead. House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster suggests the FAA first take a whack at the $500 million it’s spending on consultants, or perhaps the $325 million it blows on supplies and travel.

In case there’s any doubt about the President’s ability to prioritize, at least two GOP Senators, Jerry Moran and Roy Blunt, have written bills to clarify Mr. Obama’s authority to make sensible spending decisions. He’s not interested, and Senate Democrats have blocked such reforms. Making smart choices about federal sending would spoil the fun of creating flight delays and then blaming Republicans.

Again, predictable. Remember when once media darling Bob Woodward — THE Bob Woodward — was chastised by his fellow professionals for pointing out that the Obama Administration were the creators of the sequester, and that their insistence that the sequester would affect first responders like firemen, police or, say, air-traffic controllers, was ridiculous given that the federal government spends hundreds of millions of dollars (and some would argue billions) on non-critical functions, such as $27 million it spent last year on Moroccan pottery classes — that’s a crap-load of pottery, and no doubt could have saved some working days for air-traffic controllers.