Airlines and airports across the country are preparing for across-the-board federal budget cuts due to hit next week as if they were a hurricane, although with even less certainty about how many flights they will have to cancel and how many passengers will be stranded. The federal government is warning about delays that could begin in March, as the first cuts take effect, and reduced takeoffs and slower security lines that could worsen in April with furloughs.[...]
To handle such a major staff shortage but still maintain safety, federal aviation officials said they would accept fewer airplanes into the system, the same tactic they use in bad weather. That means that in places where airplanes normally follow one another with a six- or seven-mile gap, there might be a 10- to 20-mile gap. As a result, passengers may sit on tarmacs and endure delays as they wait for planes to push back from the gate.[...]
There could also be longer security lines at airports because of anticipated furloughs of Transportation Security Administration workers. In addition, deplaning from international flights could be slower because Customs and Border Protection agents are expected to work fewer hours.FOX News reports:
Travelers soon could be forced to arrive at the airport many hours before their flight to deal with an expected logjam at TSA checkpoints brought on by automatic budget cuts set to go into effect March 1 -- if Congress and President Obama cannot reach a deficit-reduction deal.What's really going down? It's "Washington Monument Syndrome" theater. Tom DiLorenzo explains:
According to recent warnings, the D.C.-imposed travel nightmare could include longer waits at security checkpoints, customs and even on the tarmac if the across-the-board budget cuts hit.
The game is this: Whenever a politician is "threatened" with a minor slowdown in spending, the first thing to do is to eliminate police, firefighters, ambulance services, school buses, etc. -- everything that inflicts the maximum discomfort on the victims of the government monopoly (a.k.a., taxpayers). The booboisie then wake up from their American Idol stupor for a moment to raise a fuss, and the proposals to slow down spending growth disappear. (It's called the "Washington Monument Syndrome" because the head of the National Park Service shut down the Washington Monument in the '60s in response to Congress's temporary refusal to fund his complete spending wish list. Tourists from every state complained to their congressmen, and the Park Service wish list was fully funded).DiLorenzo, also, explains why MSM is playing this newsreel right now:
Faced with the threat of federal government spending increasing by "only" 7 percent instead of some higher, pie-in-the-sky amount, the Obammunists are busy crying "BUDGET CUTS!!!!!" knowing full well that no one in Washington has proposed "cutting" a red cent from the federal budget. The Republicans play the same lying game, lying incessantly about non-existent "defense cuts." (In Washingtonese, if one proposes a $100 billion spending increase, and actual spending increases by "only" $90 billion, they call it a $10 billion budget cut).The only cure for this syndrome is a sense of humor, to not take anything said by government or MSM seriously. Buy some popcorn and observe. As H. L. Mencken wrote:
Life may not be exactly pleasant, but it is at least not dull. Heave yourself into Hell today, and you may miss, tomorrow or next day, another Scopes trial, or another War to End War, or perchance a rich and buxom widow with all her first husband's clothes. There are always more Hardings hatching. I advocate hanging on as long as possible.