American Elephants

Janet Napolitano on The Devastation of Sequestration by The Elephant's Child

Run for your lives. Or not. Obama has certainly put the word out that all parties are to go forth and scare the public, but unfortunately most of the public has never heard of sequestration. Come On. If you see an article about “sequestration,” do you listen attentively, or change the channel? Read the article or skip it and move on to something more interesting? Obama has pulled out all the stops, and painted himself into a corner.

It’s called “the Washington Monument Strategy”— turf-protecting government bureaucrats go out of their way to make spending cuts as painful as possible. The object is to convince the public that every penny the government spends is essential. If you use budget cuts as an excuse to shut down the Washington Monument, then every tourist will be reminded of how terrible it is to cut spending.

Presidential advisers said the cuts would mean 350 teachers and teacher aides could lose their jobs in Ohio, 4,200 children in Georgia wouldn’t receive vaccines and 400 victims of domestic violence in Kentucky might not receive services. Uh huh.

Even the Washington Post’s Bob Woodward said the President’s decision not to deploy an aircraft carrier because of budget cuts is a “kind of madness.” Under the Constitution, the president is commander-in-chief and employs the force. And so we now have the president going out because of this piece of paper and this agreement”I can’t do what I need to do the protect the country. That’s a kind of madness that I haven’t seen in a long time.”

The Pentagon announced earlier this month the USS Harry Truman which was supposed to leave for the Persian Gulf “will remain stateside due to budget concerns.”

Even under sequestration, the TSA (inflation adjusted) budget is projected to be more than $500 million (11 percent) higher than it was in 2008. The FAA’s (inflation adjusted) budget for operations, facilities, and equipment would still, under sequestration be about $500 million higher than it was in 2008.

A September 2012 report from the House Committee on Homeland Security took TSA to task for its “counterintuitive hiring practices during an economic downturn” which has resulted in a “net decrease in the number of people traveling each year in the U.S.  Ms. Napolitano has a lot to answer for.

According to polls though, the president’s “fair and balanced” rhetoric is playing  well with the public, who assume we should have an equal amount of tax increases on “the rich.” And as for that lie:


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