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Washington Exempts Itself From Obamacare, Airport "Sequester" Delays

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The uncomfortable effects of government actions are being felt everywhere.

Obamacare concerns are, anecdotally, delaying hiring, causing firms to change benefits for the people, and increasing taxes on the great majority.

On the other hand, in the context of the "sequester", which is merely a slowdown in the breakneck rate of government spending, anyone who has traveled by plane in the last month knows the full court press efforts under way to ensure the American public knows just how 'devastating' the sequester cuts are - with delays rising exponentially with every dollar removed from the FAA budget.

But there is a group on 'Americans' who are not feeling the pain of Obamacare or Airport delays. This group of people remains comfortably unaware of the reality that is being passed on the rest of the US citizenry.

As Politico reports, Congressional leaders in both parties are engaged in high-level, confidential talks about exempting lawmakers and Capitol Hill aides from the insurance exchanges they are mandated to join as part of Obamacare; and as the Washington Times reports, the chief of the FAA told Congress today that Washington-area airports will largely escape the effects of the air traffic controller furloughs.

It truly is good to be king, alternatively Americans are equal, except those who are excempt from all the rules and regulations of America - they are just a little more equal.

Via Politico,

Congressional leaders in both parties are engaged in high-level, confidential talks about exempting lawmakers and Capitol Hill aides from the insurance exchanges they are mandated to join as part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, sources in both parties said.

 

The talks ... are extraordinarily sensitive, with both sides acutely aware of the potential for political fallout from giving carve-outs from the hugely controversial law to 535 lawmakers and thousands of their aides. Discussions have stretched out for months

 

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“Everyone has to hold hands on this and jump, or nothing is going to get done.”

 

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When asked about the high-level bipartisan talks, Michael Steel, a Boehner spokesman, said: “The speaker’s objective is to spare the entire country from the ravages of the president’s health care law. He is approached daily by American citizens, including members of Congress and staff, who want to be freed from its mandates. If the speaker has the opportunity to save anyone from Obamacare, he will.”

Via The Washington Times,

The chief of the FAA told Congress today that Washington-area airports will largely escape the effects of the air traffic controller furloughs — a blessing for lawmakers who fly out of the nation’s capitol.

 

Michael Huerta, head of the Federal Aviation Administration, told a congressional panel that the Washington region’s airports are spaced out enough and have enough spare capacity that furloughs to air traffic controllers won’t hurt as much here.

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Thu, 04/25/2013 - 11:24 | 3497889 toys for tits
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Next step:

Exempting themselves from gravity.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 11:27 | 3497907 ParkAveFlasher
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+1 beat me to it.

Second thought was "the physiology of neck vertabrae".

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 11:41 | 3497955 smlbizman
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how many here will this apply to.....put me down as one...second sentence some rates will increase 150%

http://www.baltimoresun.com/health/maryland-health/bs-hs-insurance-rate-... edited out his 150% comment..but i think i have original

nope changed...its there...they just moved it way down the page....i guess they figure people will stop before they get there

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 11:52 | 3498047 hedgeless_horseman
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Michael Huerta, head of the Federal Aviation Administration, told a congressional panel that the Washington region’s airports are spaced out enough and have enough spare capacity that furloughs to air traffic controllers won’t hurt as much here.

Did he mention if there is enough spare capacity in Michelle Obama's White House Staff of 22?

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 11:55 | 3498055 Surly Bear
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Democracy for all. Austerity for most.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:04 | 3498061 hedgeless_horseman
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Are the Washington region’s Popeye's spaced out enough and have enough of a diverse customer base that cuts to our Surgeon General's cafeteria per diem won’t hurt their business as much?

Can someone please direct me to a single productive thing this woman has done during her tenure, other than support the local fast food community?  Thank goodness we are cutting air traffic controllers, and not her government-employee meal plan.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:13 | 3498169 Edward Fiatski
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Forward, Soviet!

All Soviet citisens are equal, though some are more equal-er.

P.S. Exempting Washington area - doesn't that defeat the "purpose"? Unless...

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:20 | 3498538 BoNeSxxx
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Did anyone read the full Politico article?

These Assclowns are actually stating the reason that they want to include their aides is POSSIBLE BRAIN DRAIN!  They are worried that young talent will leave the Hill due to increased cost of living and that experienced aides will take the opportunity to find the revolving door.

What makes them think all the Hill Rats will find employment in the private sector where employers are struggling under the immense weight of Obamacare and over-regulation as it is?

Ok, so just so we are all clear on this… They OPENLY ACKNOWLEDGE that the parasite is killing the host.  Yet, rather than get the host healthy, they want to immunize the parasite?

Jeeeezus you just couldn't make this shit up… 

 

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:20 | 3498580 NotApplicable
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Well, given the inability of the MSM to connect the dots (at least if they want to keep their jobs), open acknowledgement of any single fact is moot.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:15 | 3498552 Boris Alatovkrap
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Sadly, you are steal my thought. Why is Amerika now emulate Soviet State!? What is happen?! What is go wrong!? To watch is with great sadness - America was last hope - where are patriot and freedom lover to go!? Boris is sadly to cancel application for visa.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 14:34 | 3498928 Pure Evil
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Boris, I don't understand, I would think you'd be jumping for joy not having to come live as vassel in new Obama Regime slave state.

Must ask that you invest in new Underground Railroad so that US slave can ride Freedom Train to new land of Liberty.

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 23:51 | 3504947 Boris Alatovkrap
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Russia is always suck, but not such so much when America is strong and healthy. When Amerika suck bad, Russia is suck double!

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:23 | 3498233 jjsilver
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I would be more concerned about the UN backdrop than how much chow the US citizen slaves pay for

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:25 | 3498245 1100-TACTICAL-12
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Man the pitchforks, the enemy is inside the wire..

These fucking crimanals don't even try to hide their misdeeds anylonger..

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:24 | 3498593 General Decline
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Question:  How do you keep congressmen out of your back yard? 

Answer: Hang one in your front yard.

 

We are waaaaaay overdue for e revolution...

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 15:29 | 3499232 Colonel Klink
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I keep saying they should all be tried for high crimes.  Look it up.  Problem is the asshole general Eric "place" Holder is top cop and corrupt to the core.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:20 | 3498380 Ident 7777 economy
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Government-Imposed Taxes on Air Transportation  

 

Along with traditional income and payroll taxes, airlines and their customers (passengers and shippers) pay many special taxes and fees to a variety of authorities, both at home and abroad.

 

Among the stated purposes of these taxes and fees are homeland (national) security, environmental protection, agriculture inspection, infrastructure enhancement, airport and airway operations and maintenance, and agency financing.

 

http://www.airlines.org/Pages/Government-Imposed-Taxes-on-Air-Transportation.aspx

 

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CURRENT STATUS OF FEDERAL AVIATION TAXES AND FEES

 

http://www.mit.edu/people/joakim/KarlssonTRB2011.pdf

 

 

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Flyers’ taxes weren’t furloughed

 

 

http://blog.sfgate.com/djsaunders/2013/04/25/more-taxes-than-ticket/

 

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"Taxes and fees amount to about 20 percent of a typical $300 round-trip domestic ticket. That’s higher than taxes on products like alcohol, tobacco and firearms."

 

 

http://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/statements/2013/mar/17/gary-kelly/southwest-airlines-ceo-says-federal-taxes-flight-a/

 

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Why sequester shouldn’t hurt airline travel — we pay user fees when we fly

 

 

 

http://consumertravelalliance.org/2013/03/06/why-sequester-shouldnt-hurt-airline-travel-we-pay-user-fees-when-we-fly/

 

"As I listened to Secretary LaHood and Secretary Napolitano warn about the draconian cuts they will be forced to make in terms of air traffic controllers, TSA screeners and customs and border agents, I began to wonder why air travelers are whacked with user fees every step of their journey.

Shouldn’t travelers be immune to the sequester? After all, our mandatory travel user fees associated with flying are not dropping. Why are we being threatened with cutbacks in services that we pay for every time we fly, go through security or re-enter the country?"

 

 

 

 

 

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:24 | 3498601 Overfed
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Ruled class, meet ruling class. Bitchez.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:52 | 3498398 Real Estate Geek
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Hey, that Baltimore Sun article link doesn't work anymore . . .

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:30 | 3498417 smlbizman
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http://insurancenewsnet.com/article.aspx?id=379446&type=newswires#.UXlnm...

 

this is the link on the story...it is up on the site but i guess they dont want to share?

scrubbed first with a re write...than fuck it they had enough time to read it...we need the digital space...let me see if it is still up at the paper...most likely not

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 11:34 | 3497956 TheSilverJournal
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Who is the head of the FAA and what IRS agent reads Zerohedge and has access to his emails? Send these guys to jail for mucking up air travel just to make a politicol statement about cutting spending.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 11:38 | 3497977 TheSilverJournal
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Michael Huerta - head of FAA

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 11:28 | 3497909 ghandi
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"Dem Mutherfuckers"

-Barnes

Platoon

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 11:28 | 3497910 Careless Whisper
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Note To Sheeple: You are so dumb, really dumb, fo real.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9TNz1-dI-Q

 

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 11:46 | 3498021 max2205
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let them eat shit....i mean cake....sounds better

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 11:38 | 3497969 insanelysane
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Govt employees to be paid in 1/10 ounce gold coins instead of worthless fiat.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 11:39 | 3497979 insanelysane
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Next they'll be exempting themselves from the Social Security system

 

                                                                           oh never mind

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 11:57 | 3498078 Van Halen
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Next they'll allow themselves insider trading privileges!
...
Oh, forget it.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:11 | 3498158 rwe2late
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Next they'll be exempt from war crimes prosecutions.

...

oh, never mind.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:35 | 3498301 ParkAveFlasher
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Next they'll allow illiterates to hold office.

...

oh, nuts!

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:24 | 3498605 oddball
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Next they'll tax the internet...

"Wait wut?"

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:26 | 3498620 General Decline
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Next they'll allow pedophiles to hold office.

 

Ooops.  nevermind.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:33 | 3498648 TeamDepends
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Paging Bawnee Fwank......

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 11:51 | 3498045 TeamDepends
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Coming to a shore near you    Summer 2013

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:13 | 3498543 NeedtoSecede
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I hope so.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:22 | 3498589 NotApplicable
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Enjoy your martial law.

Long hollow-points.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 11:46 | 3498022 Scro
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Elitism is going to bite them in the ass, sooner or later.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 14:40 | 3498973 InTheLandOfTheBlind
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better chance that gravity will knock them on their ass before the serfs do a darn thing about it.... gravity knows the law...

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:07 | 3498137 H E D G E H O G
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"confidential talks about exempting lawmakers and Capitol Hill aides"........they are ALL AIDES, as in Aiding and Abetting the largest criminal enterprise the world has ever seen!

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 14:40 | 3498968 InTheLandOfTheBlind
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maybe the constituents need to learn to be as unforgiving as gravity

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 11:25 | 3497890 FLUSA.com
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"Well isn't that special" --Church Lady

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 11:37 | 3497891 hedgeless_horseman
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...both sides acutely aware of the potential for political fallout from giving carve-outs from the hugely controversial law to 535 lawmakers and thousands of their aides.

This is horse shit. 

Both sides acutely aware that 99.9999% of the sheep are docile, stupid, or both. 

Both sides are acutely aware of the potential for political fallout from giving carve-outs from the hugely controversial law insider trading exemptions to 535 lawmakers and thousands of their aides, but that hasn't stopped them.

Both sides are acutely aware that 99.9999% of the sheep have no idea whatsoever why we are fighting the longest war in American history in Afghanistan, but that hasn't stopped them.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 11:37 | 3497972 centerline
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Just straws on the camels back.  Each one more than the previous and closer to the breaking point.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 11:45 | 3497990 hedgeless_horseman
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You are an optimist.

Both sides are acutely aware that 99.9999% of the sheep have no idea whatsoever that the Federal Reserve Bank is owned and controlled by the very same banks it is charged with regulating...for the last 100 years. 

That is one strong camel...

...and far too many sheep.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 11:45 | 3498024 centerline
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I have my moments.  lol.

More realistically, the camel just drops dead. Or the owners put it down.

No doubt we are heading right into the event horizon.  Hold on tight.  It's going to be one hell of a ride.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:14 | 3498176 hedgeless_horseman
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...we are heading right into the event horizon...

I seriously doubt it. 

This is one highly efficient sheep ranch, and 99.999999% of the sheep do not want it to end.

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 13:24 | 3498598 NotApplicable
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Camelflage!

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 11:25 | 3497894 kliguy38
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Bend over and TAKE IT BITCHEZZZZ

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 12:06 | 3498127 smlbizman
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bohica baby....

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