Just some more stuff on Republicans getting … hurt … by the sequester. TPM: Republicans develop sequestration buyer’s remorse.
But now that those cuts are creating real consequences, individual members are experiencing buyer’s remorse. The only problem is, until they change their underlying position on replacing sequestration, the only thing they can do about it is whine.
Call it sequestration NIMBYism.
“It seems difficult to say with a straight face that completely eliminating a source of revenue for the National Park Service is a smart, targeted cut,” said Sen. John Thune (R-SD), a member of GOP leadership.
Thune says he thinks the National Park Service made a political decision to close revenue-generating campgrounds, including at Wind Cave National Park in his home state, to make the cuts more visible to the public.
U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna, R-Barneveld, also sent to a letter to the FAA today, asking the agency to reverse its decision to close Griffiss International Airport’s control tower in Rome. Griffiss is among 189 contractor-operated towers that the FAA wants to close.
Sample headlines from around the country in districts represented by Republicans include these:
Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post Gazette: U.S. GOVERNMENT SEQUESTER KILLS ARMY, MARINE TUITION AID
Missouri, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: FEDERAL WORKERS ACROSS ST. LOUIS IRKED BY LOST PAY, INSULT OF FURLOUGHS
Wyoming, Casper Star Tribune: WYOMING HEALTH CENTERS BRACE FOR SEQUESTRATION CUTS
Michigan, The Grand Rapids Press: FAA COULD CLOSE SIX AIRPORT CONTROL TOWERS IN MICHIGAN
Opposition to the sequester has united the Virginia congressional delegation, which is headed by Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
My. Who could have predicted that? Weren’t some of these people the ones who wanted the sequester to occur?
Schadenfreude. It’s a wonderful thing.