The politicization of the sequester has been a clear central point of the furloughs that have affected millions of Americans as high profile programs and events have been affected. White House tours, the Blue Angels, and airport slowdowns have been pushed as “see, I told you so” items that the Democrats cling onto when demonstrating the evil ways of the fiscally conservative right. Those working to administer and organize ObamaCare, however, appear to have been vaccinated from the impact.
“We’re talking about at least a 15 percent furlough of current air-traffic controllers, resulting in delays and perhaps safety concerns, but yet this has been a selective political item by the administration,” said Rep. Greg Harper (R-Miss.).
The sequestration has resulted in several government agencies furloughing employees, reducing hours, and cutting pay. The fact that the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight was not forced to make these cuts while air traffic controllers vital to the safety of travelers across America are facing furloughs is a brilliant political move by the Obama administration. They selected agencies that would provide pain points to citizens and get press from mainstream media in an effort to pressure Republicans to raise taxes even further, but they did not select anything, including ObamaCare, in which the negatives of the furloughs would reflect badly on the administration.
This is a clear case of using the sequestration for political agendas first and foremost. The use of logic by creating a hierarchy for the cuts to actually make sense is something that this administration is unwilling to do. It’s not about what will be best for the country. It’s about what will be best for the administration. They have done many things over the last five years that have been questionable, even criminal in the case of Benghazi and other incidents, but this is the most glaring example of “politics at all costs” while also saying “the citizens be damned”.
America is in a state of great need in the way of leadership and responsibility. This administration seems to hold both of these qualities as very low on their list of attributes.