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The government is so damned massive and opaque that they themselves have no idea where the bucketloads upon bucketloads of money they steal from American taxpayers serfs goes.

Can’t possibly afford to cut even a single penny without consequences most dire, eh, Barky?

If you want a thorough agency-by-agency rundown of the budget cuts sequestration would deliver, the Office of Management and Budget has you covered. In compliance with The Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012, the OMB sent a detailed report to Congress in September 2012. But there’s a small problem with the report: One of the cuts it warns against would affect an agency that no longer exists–and didn’t exist when the OMB sent its report to congress.

The first line item on page 121 of the OMB’s September 2012 report says that under sequestration the National Drug Intelligence Center would lose $2 million of its $20 million budget. While that’s slightly more than 8.2 percent (rounding error or scare tactic?), the bigger problem is that the National Drug Intelligence Center shuttered its doors on June 15, 2012–three months before the OMB issued its report to Congress. 

Maybe what we ought to do is shut the whole oversized friggin’ mess down, wait to see who really IS adversely affected by it (besides the millions of incompetent buffoons who have a gummint job because nobody in the real world would ever hire them), and then re-open those branches accordingly.

The only really shocking thing about this is that there once actually was a government agency that closed down. Lots more of this vexing lunacy, believe it or not, here.

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