Mike Huckabee News
Mar 13 2013
Two sequester special commentaries from yesterday:
It might be easier to believe the government is being forced to lay off workers if they’d just stop hiring more of them...Bridget Johnson of PJ Media notes that in the 10 days after the sequester cuts went into effect, the federal employment website posted nearly 2600 new job openings. Homeland Security alone took time out from warning us about airport security cuts and letting criminal detainees go free to advertise 107 new jobs. Some supervisory positions pay six figures. But then, it’s a big responsibility, overseeing all that budget cutting. Just ask the White House, which cut public tours, but has yet to lay off even one of Obama’s highly-paid staffers. One trio of a deputy director, a deputy assistant and a special assistant, all involved with climate change, pull down a combined salary of over $370,000 a year. But they’re not likely to be let go, because climate change is a pet issue with Obama donors. Until that climate changes, don’t expect any serious spending cuts from Washington anytime soon.
Is the government TRYING to be a pain? Or does it just seem that way?...An anonymous US forest ranger told Fox News that rangers were told by higher-ups to cut spending in ways that were the most painful to the public, like cutting tours for visitors. The Parks Service denies it, but I don’t think of park rangers as liars. I do think of government as wasting money, though. And if the President really wants painless cuts, Darryl Issa has lots of ideas. Issa’s House Oversight Committee listed nearly 11,000 examples of waste, fraud and abuse that could save $67 billion -- over three-quarters of the amount mandated by the sequester cuts. It’s not partisan: the list has been around the Bush years, and nothing was done then, either. All that’s happened since is that it’s grown by over 6,000 wasteful items and $30 billion. So why not make the smart, painless cuts first? After all, if you had to remove about 2 percent of your right hand, would you cut off your pinky? Or just trim your fingernails?