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Strassel: Jumping the Sequester (GOV. WASTE)
WSJ ^ | March 8, 2013 | KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL

Posted on 03/08/2013 7:35:10 AM PST by yoe

The phrase "jumping the shark" describes that gimmicky moment when something once considered significant is exposed as ludicrous. This is the week the White House jumped the sequester.

The precise moment came Tuesday, when the administration announced that it was canceling public tours of the White House, blaming budget cuts. The Sequesterer in Chief has insisted that cutting even $44 billion from this fiscal year will cause agonizing pain—airport security snarls, uninspected meat, uneducated children. Since none of those things has come to pass, the White House decided it needed an immediate and high-profile way of making its point. Ergo, it would deny the nation's school kids a chance to view a symbol of America.

[snip] We've learned that the White House employs three calligraphers, who cumulatively earn $277,000 a year. The Environmental Protection Agency gave $141,000 to fund a Chinese study on swine manure. Part of a $325,000 National Science Foundation outlay went to building a robotic squirrel.

[snip] The government gave a $3,700 grant to build a miniature street in West Virginia—out of Legos. It shelled out $500,000 to support specialty shampoo products for cats and dogs. A San Diego outfit got $10,000 for trolley dancing. The feds last year held 894 conferences that each cost more than $100,000—$340 million altogether. But Mr. Obama is too broke to let American kids look around the White House.

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I wonder whether it was Michelle, Barry, Jarrett, or Axelrod who thought they would bring attention to Obama's sequestration. More Cheap Pettiness from this befuddled White House. Government WASTE is a Huge problem which is not being addressed.
1 posted on 03/08/2013 7:35:10 AM PST by yoe
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To: yoe

The WH is OUR house.


2 posted on 03/08/2013 7:41:17 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: yoe

Goverment gives money to those who support it as a reward for the support.
When someone wants to shut the valve, government gets very ugly and takes away necessary things to punish us.


3 posted on 03/08/2013 7:54:03 AM PST by I want the USA back (You know I'm right.)
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