Friday, March 8, 2013

What Sequestration?

Do you ever just feel like this country is going crazy?

Allegedly we are in the midst of a government sequestration – $85 billion in spending cuts, people! It was supposed to be like doomsday.

And yet, in the past week, I’ve seen the following reported in the news:

TSA signs a $50 million contract for new uniforms.

The President has begun planning his yearly Martha’s Vineyard summer trip.

U.S. government advertised 400 new jobs on the first day of the sequester.

John Kerry announced that the U.S. is going to give $250 million to Egypt.

The White House calligrapher gets paid nearly $100,000 a year.

The White House dog walker gets paid over $100,000 a year.

The government spends $1.7 billion each year for maintenance on the empty buildings it owns.

The National Science Foundation gave a $350,000 grant to Purdue University researchers on how to improve your golf game.

U.S. farmers are given $2 billion annually not to farm their land.

There are studies upon studies upon studies about all of the duplication and waste going on in our government. What’s shocking to me is that more people in this country aren’t demanding the government cut back on this waste. Why isn’t anyone paying attention to the CBO reports each year that talk about the mass duplication of efforts across agencies and the numerous areas where costs can be cut? No one talks about that; it’s all about taxing us more.

Oh, wait -- I know why.  Because it would mean government layoffs.  (You can't tell me that the government couldn't find a more efficient way to do things, with less employees.  You can't tell me that every employee who works for the government is busy for eight hours a day.)  Congress won't do anything if it means layoffs, because then they won't get reelected.  See the problem here?  The people in charge of deciding how to spend the money have a vested interest in throwing money at everyone in order to keep their jobs.  Quite the conundrum, isn't it?

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