Remember the Obama administration’s doomsday warnings about the fiscal Armageddon surely to come from the Obama administration’s budget sequester idea this spring? But the initial impact was embarrassingly underwhelming for the Democrat?
So, instead of cutting back on expensive conferences and Xeroxes, the Obama crowd ordered thousands of air traffic controllers furloughed to fulfill the White House’s self-fulfilling prophecy of doom and to inconvenience as many Americans as possible, in hopes they’d get angry at the party of Lincoln for some reason.
But before the bad news could really get rolling, members of Congress, who themselves fly commercially every few days, quickly passed a special law telling the FAA to find its cuts elsewhere. The votes were overwhelming because members said Americans were outraged.
Backed into the corner, President Obama was going to squeeze the bill-signing in between weekend golf and a black-tie dinner with Hollywood celebrities and excited Washington media folks.
Remember all that? Well, it didn’t happen. The bill signing, that is. That’s because in its haste to get out of Dodge for — what is this? — the third or fourth recess of the year already, congressional bill writers left one letter “s” out of the measure, according to White House lawyers.
So, Obama won’t sign the bill until today. Amazing how quickly Congress can move and the president can retreat when they’ve screwed up something as important as personal travel by well-heeled Americans.