Anybody remember sequestration and its attendant horror, chaos, and deprivation? Nah, didn’t think so.
Only one employee￼ in the entire federal government lost a job due to sequestration, according to a government audit that found the only permanent cut came at the U.S. Parole Commission, which eliminated one position.
Sen. Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican, said Wednesday that the audit — performed by the Government Accountability Office and released last month — shows that the worries over sequestration’s impact on jobs￼ was overblown.
“Despite relentless warnings about the dire consequences of sequestration’s budget cuts, it appears sequestration resulted in only one layoff,” he said. “While that’s good news for federal employees and other workers, it is devastating to the credibility of Washington politicians and administration officials who spent months — and millions of dollars — engaging in a coordinated multi-agency cabinet-level public relations campaign to scare the American people.”
Erika reminds us:
After Congress approved and President Obama subsequently signed into law the Budget Control Act of 2011 — complete with the provision that automatic spending cuts that came to be known as sequestration would kick in on March 1st, 2013 if the so-called “super commitee” failed to come up with more specific deficit reduction measures — we were treated to all kinds of warnings about how absolutely necessary it was that Congress learn to cooperate, because sequestration would be beyond devastating. Teachers and firefighters would start receiving pink slips; TSA lines at airports would grow to prohibitive lengths; the White House would have to cancel tours; federal workers numbering in the millions were getting laid off; lions and tigers and bears, oh my!
Yep. And food was going to go uninspected, unleashing bacterial plagues across the nation; weathermen would be given pink slips, so deadly storms would rampage all over the continent untracked, ravaging an unsuspecting populace who hadn’t received any warning of their coming; airliners, rickety and shedding parts in-flight like fur from a long-haired dog in summer from a lack of qualified maintenance inspectors, would be dropping from the skies with no air traffic controllers to guide them safely down; and blah, de blah, de blah. All lies and manipulation, every blasted word of it.
On the other hand, though, they did manage to shut down some war memorials and national monuments and such, hauling a few dangerous, seditionist, radical octogenarian war vets in wheelchairs off to the pokey for trespassing on memorial sites that they paid for themselves.
This country has degenerated into nothing more than an incredibly sick and unfunny joke–on us. The machine just grinds ever on and on, no matter what anybody says or does. Back to Erika for the sad denouement:
So, in short, sequestration accomplished exactly what it was supposed to — and not nearly enough of it at that, despite politicians pushing the myth that we cannot possibly function without a gargantuan, sprawling, ever-growing federal government to create jobs and do things for us.
You be sure to get out there and vote every chance you get, though; that ever-growing government really needs the soothing affirmation of your implied approval and support as it goes right on strangling the life out of you.