Heartache: Sequester Grounds Air Force Two

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Oh, the humanity:

As sequestration budget cuts start phasing in today, Vice President Joe Biden and members of Congress will have to find new ways to get where they’re going after the military aircraft they normally fly aboard were ordered to stay on the ground.

In the case of the vice president, his decision to stop flying on Air Force Two for trips between Washington and his Delaware home was voluntary. Instead, he’ll be taking the train.

Members of Congress, meanwhile, won’t be allowed to travel on military airplanes now that the forced spending cuts have kicked in. House Speaker John Boehner informed Republican House members of the new policy during a closed-door meeting on Wednesday.

It’s all part of the across-the-board belt tightening that starts today as the federal government slashes its budget by $85 billion, the result of automatic cuts put in place after Congress and the White House failed to hammer out a budget deal.

The military not serving Congress, and the executive branch, as an air shuttle service?

Sounds like a good thing to me.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • Spartacus

    My God those Republicans are cruel. Don’t they know how far Delaware is from Maryland and Virginia? Why, it might take an hour for the Vice President to arrive at his home on weekends when traveling by car or train.

    • slackwarerobert

      The heck with how long, how many people will he run over driving there? Those dems are so cruel not charging him for the other two murders and letting him still be on the road.

      Those stupid republicans probably saved his life. With all those women shooting their shotguns in the air he would be killed on final approach.

      • Spartacus

        If only Joe could “work” from home like Yahoo employees used to be allowed to do and most Obama voter still do!

    • headward

      It’s the same distance between Fargo and Bismarck. Just ask NDSU.

  • Roy_Bean

    Any chance we could get a sequester here and ground Air Bison?

  • sbark

    Obama’s golf trip with Tiger …….cost the American taxpayors the equivilent of laying off 341 govt workers ………….as per Jeff Sessions
    ……..but really what is the difference…..we’re just peasants in the world of the that Keyan King

    • two_amber_lamps
      • sbark

        thanks…..that goes into the saved pic file for further disemination

        • two_amber_lamps

          Spread far and wide… never let anyone forget that their incompetence, hubris, and overriding craving for power cost those four Americans their lives.

          • $8194357

            The military won’t forget, IMO…

          • slackwarerobert

            Then explain the last election.

          • $8194357

            Lenins useful idiots in posiitions of dependence
            on the leftist crony capitalist debt ponzi.

    • $16179444

      yeah, but Bush took vacations and blah, blah blah………..whoever voted for Odumbo should be taken out back and shot

      • di_da_is_alpha

        Yeah, but there’s an ammo shortage. Somebody get a rope.

        • slackwarerobert

          thank go I kept my pickup truck, obama made it so I can’t afford a tree.

      • two_amber_lamps

        Unfortunately stupidity isn’t a punishable offense… which screws us two times since leftists breed like rats… that is when they’re not aborting their offspring.

        • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

          Technically, leftist kill themselves off with low birth rates, abortions, and homosexuality. It’s their dupes that “breed like rats”, so new dupes have to be created and imported.

      • slackwarerobert

        When did bush take a vacation when he was laying off employees? Heck he wouldn’t even play golf while our troops were fighting.

    • $8194357

      The “king of the manufactured rhetoric”.
      Its what comunist community organizors do…
      Create crisis, radicalize it, while blaming the “target”
      for the manufactured narritives.

  • Simon

    boo hoo.

    • Lianne

      Simon, you crack me up!

      • Simon

        Thanks Lianne! I’m just living the dream.

  • Simon

    How dare we stop spending money we don’t have!

    • two_amber_lamps

      Those Republicans… what a bunch of RAAAAAA-cists!

      • $8194357

        The evil GOP…
        Every super hero needs an evil enemy.

    • Spartacus

      Exactly right. It’s blatantly obvious that Liberal Democrats love themselves more than they care about their children or grand children, certainly not a Conservative philosophy. One has to wonder what makes them so hateful and selfish.

  • Guest Observer

    Ah, my heart pumps purple piss for “Shotgun Joe”!

  • $8194357

    Suppose someone should suggest to these “leaders” in DC not to give 20 F-16’s to the muslim brotherhood in Egypt? Cutting foreign aid to communist/muslim countries would save the dhimmi taxpayer a bundle, huh..
    But cutting our own military budget is top on the priority list?
    As Grandma would say:
    Somethin don’t smell right, huh.

    • JoeMN

      Dr Coburn has found plenty of fat in the DOD budget

      http://www.coburn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/pressreleases?ContentRecord_id=e3ace3df-25a9-47c4-8c43-1403e134ce11

      • Pentagon-branded beef jerky (p. 22);

      • A reality cooking show called Grill it Safe featuring two “Grill Sergeants” who performed a 46-minute cooking video (p. 8);

      • Pentagon-run microbreweries (p. 8);

      • A smart phone app to alert users when to take a coffee break (p. 20);

      • A bomb detector less effective than “a coin flip” (p. 15);

      • Research examining the social interaction between robots and babies (p. 31);

      • A workshop asking “Did Jesus die for Klingons too?” (p. 16);

      • More flag officers per troop than at the height of the Cold War (p. 69)
      • DOD overhead expenses greater than Israel’s GDP (p. 6

      • $8194357

        Funny..Dems are talking about military families medical and such…
        We got so much “gravy” on the floor of congress its pathetic…

  • Thresherman

    I can’t believe I took the time to look this up, but it is 108 miles from Washington DC to Wilmington DE. It is 111 miles from Bismarck to Minot. To fly that distance in a 747 by the time you get the landing gear retracted it is time to deploy it again. When you figure that for security there has to be a motorcade to the DC airport and then one from the Wilmington one to Biden’s home it would be faster and far cheaper to simply motorcade all the way.

    • $8194357

      And there is always moochel and the girls enterouge
      as they jet around the globe, huh. The Papal motorcade has nothing
      on Barry’s wife and kids.

      • Thresherman

        There is a sense of entitlement in the Obamas that is just plain obnoxious.

        • $8194357

          Jackson and Sharpton ooze it out as well..

  • John_Wayne_American

    If they grounded AF Duce, how did the Dunce get to Selma with Jesse, Sharpton, and Crew to walk across the bridge?

  • MO

    Now let’s ground Air Force One and any others Obama’s family uses…Time to stay in D.C. and start governing….even though that probably will never happen…

  • awfulorv

    There are certain worthwhile human endeavors which, had we persevered with, and continued to improve them, would have benefited mankind greatly.

    Steam powered autos, McGuffey readers, good music one could listen to, and enjoy, would have been nice to have.

    Classical painting, rather than Cubism, Badism, Painstolookatism, should have been continued, and Catapaults, to assist Joe Biden in getting from here to there, would have been a joy to observe.

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