Email tells feds to make sequester as painful as promised

Discussion in 'Politics' started by JamesL, Mar 5, 2013.

  1. JamesL


    The Obama administration denied an appeal for flexibility in lessening the sequester’s effects, with an email this week appearing to show officials in Washington that because they already had promised the cuts would be devastating, they now have to follow through on that.

    In the email sent Monday by Charles Brown, an official with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service office in Raleigh, N.C., Mr. Brown asked “if there was any latitude” in how to spread the sequester cuts across the region to lessen the impacts on fish inspections.

    He said he was discouraged by officials in Washington, who gave him this reply: “We have gone on record with a notification to Congress and whoever else that ‘APHIS would eliminate assistance to producers in 24 states in managing wildlife damage to the aquaculture industry, unless they provide funding to cover the costs.’ So it is our opinion that however you manage that reduction, you need to make sure you are not contradicting what we said the impact would be.”

    “This email confirms what many Americans have suspected: The Obama administration is doing everything they can to make sure their worst predictions come true and to maximize the pain of the Sequester cuts for political gain,” said Rep. Tim Griffin, Arkansas Republican.

    Mr. Brown, the official who sent the email and who is eastern regional director for wildlife services at APHIS, didn’t immediately return a call Tuesday afternoon seeking comment.

    APHIS is an agency within the Agriculture Department, and on Tuesday department Secretary Tom Vilsack was challenged on the email at a House committee hearing by Rep. Kristi Noem, who said she hoped the department wouldn’t tie agencies’ hands.

    Mr. Vilsack said he hadn’t seen the email, but said agencies are supposed to be trying to find ways to manage the impact of the cuts.

    “If we have flexibility, we’re going to try to use it to make sure we use sequester in the most equitable and least disruptive way,” the secretary testified. “There are some circumstances, and we’ve talked a lot about the meat inspection, where we do not have that flexibility because there are so few accounts.”

    The administration earlier had warned that supplies of beef, pork and poultry could drop this year because slaughterhouse inspectors will have to be furloughed, and under federal law meat can’t be processed without inspectors present.

    The $85 billion in sequesters began Friday, and have hit most of the federal government, where employees will face furloughs.
    But even amid the cuts, APHIS is still hiring new employees and interns.

    Since Sunday the agency has posted 24 help-wanted ads including 22 student internships, one ad seeking a clerk in a New York office, and one ad seeking three “insect production workers” to grow bollworms in Phoenix.

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  2. pspr


    Obama's credibility has just been hit with a nuclear torpedo! Unless he makes the Sequester catastrophe come to pass he will be known as the lying President.

    But, if he makes the Sequester painful while not using it to cut waste in government he is going to be shown to be a greater fool and an enemy to Americans.

    Will the MSM do all they can to protect him from his own undoing yet again?
  3. Ricter


    Got yourselves set up nice, don't ya? The sequester hurts, it's Obama's fault, but if it doesn't, it's Obama's fault.
  4. Tsing Tao

    Tsing Tao

    Like Obama would have done anything differently had roles been reversed.
  5. pspr


    When one digs a hole and covers it hoping his opponent will fall in, he has to remember where the hole is lest he fall in himself.
  6. JamesL


    Put things in perspective: In February alone, the government borrowed nearly 6 times as much as it intends to save with the sequester over the rest of the fiscal year.:

    During the month of February--as President Barack Obama was warning Americans they would see dramatic effects in their lives if “sequestration” of some planned federal spending kicked in--the federal government’s debt climbed by $253.5 billion.

    That one-month increase in the debt was nearly six times as much as the $44 billion in spending cuts the Congressional Budget Office estimates will take place in all of fiscal 2013 as a result of sequestration.

    At the close of business on Jan. 31, 2013, the federal debt was $16,433,791,850,294.04, according to the U.S. Treasury. At the close of business on Feb. 28, 2013, the federal debt was $16,687,289,180,215.37. Thus, the federal debt increased $253,497,329,921.33 during the month.

    In its Budget and Economic Outlook for Fiscal Years 2013-2023, published in February, the CBO explained that only $44 billion in planned federal spending will be cut during this fiscal year as a result of sequestration.

    The CBO also says additional cuts that will be “attributable” to fiscal 2013 will actually take place “in later years”—not in fiscal 2013.

    “By CBO’s estimate, budgetary resources for defense (other than spending for military personnel) will be cut by around 8 percent across the board, and nondefense funding that is subject to the automatic reductions will be cut by between 5 percent and 6 percent,” said CBO. According to that estimate, discretionary outlays will drop by $35 billion and mandatory spending will be reduced by $9 billion this year as a direct result of those procedures; additional reductions in outlays attributable to the cuts in 2013 funding will occur in later years.”

    The combined $35 billion in discretionary cuts and $9 billion in mandatory cuts—or $44 billion--that will actually take place this year equal approximately one-sixth of the new debt the federal government accumulated in February.
  7. Lucrum


    Obama is ALREADY known as the lying president. His Muslim name is Obama Bin Lyin.
  8. Now I ask you:
    Is it at all surprising Charlie Brown works for da-gubbermint?
  9. obviously a relative to osama bin lying with da camels.

    better watch your backside Barney, the precedent is set.
  10. Mav88


    the $250M just promised to egypt could pay for those inpections and much more. Obama is a dick.
    #10     Mar 5, 2013