Sarge at OneAngryZebra and I were in past lives air traffic controllers, certified FAA, he longer than me.
The congress agreed to cuts, even to the FAA, so we got what they bought. By reducing the number of controllers we see delays. What you should understand is that fewer controllers are on duty. Controllers can only handle so many targets and radio conversations at a time, therefore the delays. People, the delays are what insures safety. The number of flights each controller deals with is still about what it was before, again, therefore the delays. If we had dumped a lot of controllers and there were no delays, then that would mean we were at higher risk. I, and Sarge I expect, are encouraged by the delays, it means the system is operating as it should, and it only operates for safety, that's it's single purpose, not speed, not comfort, safety. Safety is achieved by separation, by distance, by time, interval, by altitude, these can't change.
Sure the GOP is whining they should look to save money from other sources, not allowed by the law Congress passed, but if it was what do you suggest, shutting off the radar, that would save money, don't repair any radio's, more saved, cancel all contracts for new equipment, don't use the runway lights, stop the Oklahoma City Air Traffic Control school from ongoing training? Go on, choose one.