Sequester has become the fear of the week for the Obama Administration. Rather than face the fact that their economic program has been a complete failure they return to the Democrat “the sky is falling blame the Republicans” meme for every crisis. In this case it is a crisis that does not exist. When the government will spend more money this cycle than last. It is not a cut. Rather than spending dollars sending Agency Staff traveling the Country to pedal the fear of a manufactured crisis the President should be preparing his overdue budget and addressing the unemployment crisis.
Before labeling the sequester cuts (which by the way were a product of the Obama Administration) a disaster wouldn’t it be advisable to look for waste in current government spending? With leadership interested in the future of the country the answer would be yes, Obama’s lack of leadership tells us that he is only interested in Obama, which means fundamentally changing America. A fundamental change that is leading to this countries downfall.
Let’s not forget that Sequester was in exchange for a $2 Trillion raise in the debt ceiling.
Obama assumed that since they were heavily weighted on military cuts that Republicans would never let them happen. Cuts are for $85 Billion out of $2.3 Trillion in spending. Any four patrons at a Dunkin’ Donut could find $85 Billion. This is especially pathetic since the federal government estimates that it has made $115 billion in improper payments this past year alone. Overpayments are also a rampant problem. As an example the government overpaid $14 billion in unemployment benefits which is 11% of the total expenditure. And we are to trust sequestration to the same individuals responsible for these two financial fiascos?
Senator John Cornyn makes the insightful comparison of how small the cuts are going to be in terms of how a family would have to make a 2.4% cut:
94.7 verses 97 gallons of gas
Save $6 dollars of a $250 dollar grocery bill
Conserve $4.20 of a $175 dollar utility bill
Compare that to the following (from Heritage Foundation) of 15 incredibly stupid things that the federal government has spent money on…. Sadly the list would be to long for this piece if the hundreds of these expenditures were included.
- $750,000 on a new soccer field for detainees held at Guantanamo Bay.
- $16 to $20 million helping students from Indonesia get master’s degrees.
- $175,587 if cocaine makes Japanese quail engage in sexually risky behavior.
- $200,000 on “a tattoo removal program” in Mission Hills, California.
- $3 million at the UC Irvine to research on video game World of Warcraft.
- $500 million on 5-year-old children that “can’t sit still” in a kindergarten classroom.
- Fannie Mae is about to ask the federal government for another $4.6 billion bailout
- $30 million on a program to help Pakistani farmers produce more mangos.
- University of NH $700,000 to study methane gas emissions from dairy cows.
- Fund 209 different science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs — and 173 of those programs overlap with at least one other program.”
- $615,000 to UC Santa Cruz to digitize photos, T-shirts and concert tickets belonging to the Grateful Dead.
- Spent $2.6 million to train Chinese prostitutes to drink responsibly.
- $239,100 to Stanford to study how Americans use the Internet to find love.
- $1.8 million was spent on a “museum of neon signs” in Las Vegas, Nevada.
- $998,798 shipping two 19-cent washers from South Carolina to Texas
How can anyone think that are government is not engaged in unnecessary spending. Anyone who claims that cuts are not available and that sequester will be devastating is lying. Anyone who does not understand that the 150 million dollars of debt we are adding to the current $16 Trillion dollar debt is what is truly devastating, is a naive liberal without regard for the future of the country.
We have accumulated the biggest debt in the history of the world and we are adding to it at a rate of about 150 million dollars an hour. Hopefully the citizenry will realize that our political leaders are not the best and brightest, as they claim to be. Hopefully we will wake up to this decline in our once great society before it is too late.