We’ve posted on the “parade of horribles” the President claims will occur if his sequestration idea isn’t reversed by Congress. Let me add some more facts.
Our expenditures for 2012 were $3.538 trillion. Between now and the end of the 2013 fiscal year (September 30, 2013), sequestration would cut some $22 billion from domestic spending. Does anyone think we would collapse if our 2013 spending were “only” $3.516 trillion?
Here is your perspective. In 2007, a mere 5 years ago, our expenditures were $2.729 trillion and, in 2008, a mere 4 years ago, our expenditures were $2.983 trillion.
Does anyone remember dark airport control towers then, or closed bathrooms in national parks then, or federal prosecutors letting criminals on the street then, or the absence of teachers and first responders then? I don’t.
On to my second point.
Is this President’s administration so inept that it cannot locate even $22 billion of domestic spending waste, fraud and abuse between March 1 and September 30? Let me help…
Let me assure you of one more thing, although I hate to say it. When sequestration occurs, you will not see the President, as a leader, touting his administration’s ability to cope with it through the most obvious and least impactful means.
What you will see are the optics of a “government collapse”. Not because it is needed, but because the President can.