It’s a common complaint that regular people just don’t care about the sequester, the across-the-board spending cuts that are set to begin in less than a week and could be devastating for the economy. Some have tried to get people interested by explaining the convoluted budget issue with the help of beautiful people. For its part, the White House seems to hope people will start caring a bit more if something they already dread could become even worse: Air travel. Republican Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood warned on Friday that the sequester would force dozens of control towers to close down, leading to delayed or canceled flights, reports Politico. Delays could be as long as 90 minutes during peak periods, he warned.
President Obama devoted his weekly address to the sequester, and called on Republicans to compromise in order to make sure the $85 billion spending cuts don’t start coming into effect on March 1. (Watch the address after the jump.) But despite the tough talk there seems to be little optimism that anything can be done to avert the cuts. Obama apparently told Democratic governors that the public pressure on Republicans hasn’t produced results and the two sides are nowhere near a compromise, reports the New York Times.