Posted on | March 6, 2013 | 4 Comments
Americans for Prosperity sure isn’t Americans Trying To Help A Beleaguered Administration Find A Way To Navigate A Second Term. So, despite all the mean-spirited nit-picking of their post, this blog will, once again, fearlessly step into the breach, and try to salvage some of that tattered honor:
Fiction: FAA: “In one of the most immediate consequences of the pending spending cuts, the Federal Aviation Administration has informed contractors that … the agency will move Monday to close some 168 contractor-staffed air traffic control towers nationwide on April 1, and another 21 towers by Sept. 30, industry officials tell CNN.”- CNN 3/1/13
Fact: “Two days after a Federal Aviation Administration official told contractors that steps were being taken to shut down 168 air traffic control towers on April 1, the agency gave the towers an unexpected reprieve Friday, saying the official’s comments were ‘unauthorized.’”- CNN 3/1/13
Now, if by ‘close’ you mean ‘delay’, and by ’168′, you mean ‘any positive integer’, then clearly we can connect sequestration with air travel delays brought on by the nor’easter to the capitol region today. Furthermore, for all George W. Bush is the pulsating heart of all universal evil, the White House has fallen short of blaming the weather on him or the GOP. Admirable.
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Fiction: Barack Obama: “Tens of thousands of parents will have to scramble to find child care for their kids.”- White House, 2/19/13
Fact: “Day care centers are almost certainly not going to be padlocked on March 1.” -New York Times, 2/20/13
Day care centers, staffed by parents, that serve poultry products for breakfast could indeed scramble eggs to find child care satisfaction for their kids. 10,000? Hey, so the number was two, but c’mon: rounding errors!
. . .and. . .
Fiction: Arne Duncan: “It just means a lot more children will not get the kinds of services and opportunities they need, and as many as 40,000 teachers could lose their jobs. … There are literally teachers now who are getting pink slips, who are getting notices that they can’t come back this fall.”- CBS’s “Face the Nation,” 2/24/13
Fact: “The administration has been on thin ice with some of its claims about the impact of the sequestration cuts. Duncan’s assertion that “as many as 40,000 teachers could lose their jobs” also appears to be hyperbole.” – Washington Post 2/27/13
Sweet, sweet ‘literally’. Teachers are fired all the time, and usually in blocks smaller than 40K. At least one may have a teacher in Literally, Pennsylvania.
So, as you can see from this brief survey of the Americans for Prosperity post, it’s not that the Democrats are completely blowing sunshine up the public backside, it’s that the strain of keeping it all together must be redistributed, and the American people must step up, and find new ways to interact with what we’re given by our Ruling Class Overlords and somehow render it sensible.