February 2013

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Sequester 

So, it looks like the budget sequestration might actually go into effect tomorrow.

I don't need to remind anyone who's been paying attention of the degree of exaggeration that's been going on in describing the size of these "cuts". Even with these modest spending reductions (from proposed budget levels), 2013 federal spending will exceed 2012 spending.

Of course, I understand Obama's interest in portraying this as drastic, and using fear to rally political support for fewer cuts and more tax hikes.

But, if he actually prioritizes these tiny cuts in such a way as to inflict the greatest harm to people who have come to rely on federal programs, rather than eliminating wasteful spending in ways that the public shouldn't even notice, it will only demonstrate his incredible incompetence as an executive.