COLUMN: Sequestration drama queens and the 2.2 percent cut

Published: Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 04:11 PM.


Sequestration happens — and it is the only way Washington can be forced to cut the growth of spending. Remember, the $85 billion politicians are howling about (out of a $3.7 trillion dollar budget) is only a 2.2 percent cut. It is a reduction in the growth of spending, not in spending itself.

Democrats play the spin game by threatening us with all the bad things that will happen to us with this 2.2 percent cut in spending growth. Heads of the 1,200 different government programs, projects and agencies are induced to threaten us and blast the cuts by warning, through their compliant media, of overblown dire consequences.  They squeal that “750,000 non-essential" employees will lose their jobs. Has anyone asked why we have 750,000 non-essential federal employees in the first place?

They say things like 2 million kids will be denied medicine, the TSA will get even slower, and FAA workers will be furloughed. Never mind that domestic air travel is down 27 percent from pre-9/11 levels while the FAA’s budget is up 41 percent.

After welfare reform passed in the 1990s, liberals said the poor would be on the streets. Kids, hadn’t you heard about that non-event?  Give your racist aunt some wine coolers and ask her.

Reagan fired all air traffic controllers after they struck. Nothing happened. It is only about their budget and jobs, so they threaten to use the government to punish us.

Obama parades out kids, firemen, teachers and the like as props to evoke a maudlin response. In reality, a 2 percent cut means one fewer bureaucrat in the Education Department’s Jungle Gym Safety and Green Sustainability Bureau.  They would go from 50 to 49 administrators, which is still probably 40 too many.

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