The Administration That Cried Wolf

John Cornyn – United States Senator – Texas –
WASHINGTON –Leading up to sequestration, President Obama and members of his Administration traveled the country on a scare campaign, warning of “falling-sky” scenarios if the sequester went into place. More than a month later, many of the worst-case scenarios have yet to come to pass. Which claim will be proven false next?


Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said the Federal Aviation Administration Would Close 149 Air Traffic Control Towers. “‘We heard from communities across the country about the importance of their towers and these were very tough decisions,’ LaHood said in a statement. ‘Unfortunately we are faced with a series of difficult choices that we have to make to reach the required cuts under sequestration,’ LaHood said.” (Reuters, 3/22/13)

…REALITY FAA Delays Air Traffic Control Tower Closings. “The Federal Aviation Administration announced Friday it would delay until June 15 the closures of 149 air traffic control towers slated to be shut down starting this Sunday. The goal is to give communities time to decide whether they will assume the costs of operating the towers, the agency said.” (The Washington Post, 4/5/13)


Customs and Border Protection Employees Were Warned of Potential Furloughs. “The CBP workforce includes customs and border agents who do a wide range of work at the country’s airports, seaports and land border crossings. All of the agency’s front-line employees as well as managers and supervisors will be eligible for furloughs under sequestration.” (The Huffington Post, 3/7/13)

…REALITY Customs and Border Protection Decided to Re-Examine Planned Furloughs. “Customs and Border Protection will re-examine plans to furlough Border Patrol agents and make other painful personnel cuts, according to a short statement posted Monday to the federal agency’s internal website.  What, exactly, the statement means for rank-and-file Border Patrol agents isn’t clear.” (The Monitor, 4/1/13)

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano Told Reporters That Major Airports Had Seen Lines Ballooning To 150-200 Percent Their Normal Size. “On Monday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told reporters that major airports had seen lines ballooning to 150-200 percent their normal size.” (CBS News 3/6/13)

…REALITY Officials From A Dozen Major Airports Reported That There Were No Noticeable Impacts On Wait Times Due To The Sequester. “On Monday, however, officials representing a dozen major airports said there were few if any unusual flight delays or lines at security or customs checkpoints.” (The Wall Street Journal, 3/5/13)


Obama Said That Janitors At The U.S. Capitol Would Receive A Pay Cut Due To The Sequester Cuts. “Starting tomorrow, everybody here…The janitors, the security guards, they just got a pay cut, and they’ve got to figure out how to manage that.  That’s real.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks On The Sequester, Washington, D.C., 3/1/13)

 …REALITY Obama’s Claim Immediately Prompted The Superintendent Of The U.S. Capitol Building to Email All Of His Employees Clarifying That “This Is NOT TRUE.”  (CBS News, 3/6/13)


During A Press Briefing With White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, Education Secretary Arne Duncan Made Remarks On The Sequester That Included A Claim That Teachers Were Already Getting Pink Slips. (Press Briefing, Washington, D.C., 2/27/13)

 …REALITY Duncan Later Recanted Statement. “‘When I said ‘pink slips’ that was probably the wrong word,’ Duncan told reporters at a news conference related to the sequester. ‘Language matters, and I need to be very, very clear.’” (The Washington Post, 3/4/13)


Senator Cornyn serves on the Finance and Judiciary Committees.  He serves as the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee’s Immigration, Refugees and Border Security subcommittee. He served previously as Texas Attorney General, Texas Supreme Court Justice, and Bexar County District Judge.

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9 years ago

I just heard of your company and I was wondering if you have health insurance? If so what all does it cover? If I have health insurance, is it possible to get your dental coverage with both. I have no dental insurance as far as I know.Do you also have coverage for glasses? Please reply. Thank you. Dolores

9 years ago

Fear mongering and class envy are all Obama has to offer the American people. That and an accelerated decrease in the average standard of living as he piles on even more debt to fund his uncontrollable spending spree, oops I mean “investments”.

If the federal government can’t do with a spending INCREASE that is 2 percent lower than the normal baseline budget INCREASE it builds into each year’s budget, then this country is already finished. The sequestor did NOT CUT ANY REAL DOLLARS. All it did was reduce the level of budgetary increase by a tiny 2 percent. Here’s a practical example:

Last year’s budget $10,000

This year’s budget before sequestor : $10,700

This year’s budget as a result of sequestor $10,500

Now tell me where in the real world, not Washington, is an INCREASE of 5 percent year over year considered a CUT in spending?

Harry Stevens
9 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

I don’t understand when some Democrat starts mooning about the Sequestor cuts, resulting in loss of jobs, why don’t the Rush Limbaugh’s. the Sean Hannity’s, the Glenn Becks and our Republican Senators and Representatives don’t present the FACTS like PaulE did above.

We don’t know how to communicate the facts to the public and often enough!!!!!!

9 years ago

I heard there was only a cut in the amount of the automatic increased spending. Why would ANYTHING change? If you think the sh*t is getting deep wait till the next meetings before we reach the debt ceiling again this spring. Keep crying wolf Oblamer, no one believes you anymore.

9 years ago
Reply to  Godsong

Henry 8:34 ..allowing them to be on their mommy’s and daddy’s health incarunse until they are 26. I’m afraid you are not a capitalist, Henry. When a child in his/her 20 s has no health incarunse, or, in many cases even a job, the parents will most often pay for their child’s health incarunse. It is a business decision both parents and child are better using the family’s policy.You dire predicition about the future health coverage of senior citizens is not necessarily an accurate reflection either. Our Plan B just went down by $40/month. When more people are enrolled in the Affordable Health Act, the cost per person will fall.Medical costs of all kinds have been going up. I’ve always thought the entire current private system has the bad characteristics of socialized medicine without the good ones. It’s essentially free to enrollees once they have subscribed and are making payments. But there is little clout to bird dog the costs charged by the system.

Robert Pace
9 years ago

What a crock. Highlighting a few high profile workarounds that the administration has managed to do and calling that evidence that the sequesters don’t really hurt is downright shameful. As usual, the GOP completely ignores the weak, helpless and invisible garroting of safety net programs for those most in need of assistance. It also fails to note all the National Parks that have limited hours, layed off seasonal staff and furloughed full time staff for varying times. So, if you want to fly somewhere, maybe TSA can keep the line moving, but if your destination is a national park not so much. This sequester is a ridiculous self-inflicted wound that accomplishes only one thing: It highlights how out of touch politicians in Washington D.C. are with what is real in this country. I am ashamed of petty bickering and outright purchase by moneyed interests of our ‘leaders’. Every single member of Congress should have to live a few months trying to get by on Social Security or unemployment before they say another word about how little the sequester means and how brilliantly it is working. Shut up and go back to work.

C. Johnson
9 years ago
Reply to  Robert Pace

Unfortunately your safety net is being used as a hammock.

Robert Pace
9 years ago
Reply to  C. Johnson

“My” safety net is keeping me out of poverty, sort of. I still have to figure out how to make some extra income while fully disabled with a crapped out back, and another handful of ailments you apparently expect are imaginary. Without it, I might have to get a firearm and defend myself from homeowners irate that I was stealing their TV to make ends meet. Welcome to the new austere America. Everyone for themselves. Good luck with that if anything ever happens beyond your control that puts you at risk.

9 years ago
Reply to  Robert Pace

Robert you need to get down from your unicorn, miss your sugar ponies goodbye and establish an adult relationship with reality.

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