Will 10 percent cuts in government spending known as “sequester” really harm American citizens in our everyday lives? Or have politicians gone way too far this time with their lies?
The truth – sharply contradicting President Obama’s assertions – can be found buried within data published by the Office of Management and Budget under “Historical Tables” posted at www.WhiteHouse.Gov. Some calculation is needed to subtract 2013 projected spending from 2008 spending and to adjust for the 10 percent sequester from “Table 4.1—Outlays by Agency: 1962–2017.”
Our nation is struggling with an extraordinary rash of government lies even while government spending is soaring. Like an alcoholic’s self-deception, politicians are furiously inventing desperate excuses to avoid going on a diet.
Obama and his Cabinet warn that safety inspections of meat and other food will suffer. Yet the U.S. Department of Agriculture will spend almost $64 billion more in fiscal year 2013 than in 2008. That’s an extra $64 billion in just a single year. And that is after accounting for the 10 percent sequester. Can politicians ’splain how the USDA cannot afford to inspect meat and other food despite having an extra $64 billion more than they had in 2008?
What else does the Office of Management and Budget data reveal? Politicians claim that small businesses won’t get loans, yet the Small Business Administration will have $769 million more in 2013 than it did 2008.
Teachers (who are state employees) will supposedly lose their jobs due to reduced federal grants. But the U.S. Department of Education will have $5.3 billion more to spend in 2013 than in 2008.
Passenger aircraft will supposedly suffer delays from cut-backs in air traffic controllers under the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration budget. Yet that agency will have $30 billion more to spend in 2013 than in 2008.
Automatic “entitlement” spending will soar by hundreds of billions of dollars. Still, at least half of the soaring federal budget is entirely controllable.
Spending increases in 2013 over 2008 would include:
- Almost three-quarters of a billion dollars for the Small Business Administration ($769 million)
- $30 billion more for the U.S. Department of Transportation
- $38 billion more for the U.S Department of Labor
- $11 billion more for the U.S. Department of Energy
- $9 billion more for the U.S Department of Justice
- Almost $900 million more for the Environmental Protection Agency
- $13 billion more for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- $13 billion more for the U.S. Department of State
- $5.3 billion more for the U.S. Department of Education
- $1.5 billion more for The National Science Foundation
- $25 billion more at the Office of Personnel Management
- $1.4 billion more for the Judicial Branch
- $1.3 billion more for the Department of Commerce
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