Park Service Told to Make It Hurt

Park ranger: Supervisors pushed sequester cuts that visitors would see

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Another federal employee has come forward to claim the Obama administration resisted efforts to ease the impact of sequester.

A U.S. park ranger, who did not wish to be identified, told that supervisors within the National Park Service overruled plans to deal with the budget cuts in a way that would have had minimal impact on the public. Instead, the source said, park staff were told to cancel special events and cut “interpretation services” — the talks, tours and other education services provided by local park rangers.

“Apparently, they want the public to feel the pain,” the ranger said.

The National Park Service is among many federal agencies warning of a major impact from the sequester cuts, which took effect last Friday. The agency has warned of delayed access to portions of Yellowstone and Yosemite national parks, closed campgrounds at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, reduced hours at the Grand Canyon visitor center and other ramifications.

The Obama administration says these cuts must be made in order to make the $85 billion in cuts from Congress’ failure to avert the sequester. At the NPS, the agency was dealing with an across-the-board 5 percent cut.

Republicans have claimed the administration is making some cuts in order to exaggerate the impact. Lawmakers this past week revealed a leaked email from the Agriculture Department in which a field officer appeared to tell his team that he was instructed not to contradict the bosses’ warnings about the cuts.

Republicans have claimed the administration is making some cuts in order to exaggerate the impact. Lawmakers this past week revealed a leaked email from the Agriculture Department in which a field officer appeared to tell his team that he was instructed not to contradict the bosses’ warnings about the cuts.

At the Park Service, the alleged incident occurred in one region and it’s unclear whether other divisions were given similar guidance.Continue Reading

White House’s False Sequester Claims Prompt Media Pushback


FACT CHECK: Obama’s Claims About Capitol’s Janitors, Security Guards Are False

The White House’s media management team will be in the public spotlight this week following a series of days in which it leveraged the media to distribute what turned out to be misleading or false information.

President Barack Obama told reporters that Capitol Hill workers were facing pay cuts as a result of the looming budget sequester. Education Secretary Arne Duncan cited the same cause when he incorrectly claimed that a school district was already laying off teachers. And White House spokesman Jay Carney understated by a factor of 10 the number of illegal immigrants administration officials released in a bid to lower the cost of housing inmates in immigration detention facilities.

Those statements came as the White House sought to create public anger about Republicans’ refusal to vote for additional new tax revenues as part of a last-minute budget deal to forestall the sequester, which will force mandatory across-the-board cuts across much of the federal budget. Continue Reading

U.S. Releases $250 Million in Aid to Egypt

In the face of Sequester Armageddon, somehow the feds have found an extra $250 million just layin around. And luckly for the Muslim Brotherhood we did.

John Kerry’s Meets With President Morsi

U.S. Releases $250 Million in Aid to Egypt Following Kerrys Meeting With President Morsi

CAIRO (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday rewarded Egypt for President Mohammed Morsi’s pledges of political and economic reforms by releasing $250 million in American aid to support the country’s “future as a democracy.”

Yet Kerry also served notice that the Obama administration will keep close watch on how Morsi, who came to power in June as Egypt’s first freely elected president, honors his commitment.

“The path to that future has clearly been difficult and much work remains,” Kerry said in a statement after wrapping up two days of meetings in Egypt, a deeply divided country in the wake of the revolution that ousted longtime President Hosni Mubarak.

Egypt is trying to meet conditions to close on a $4.8 billion loan package from the International Monetary Fund. An agreement would unlock more of the $1 billion in U.S. assistance promised by President Barack Obama last year and set to begin flowing with Kerry’s announcement.

“The United States can and wants to do more,” Kerry said. “Reaching an agreement with the IMF will require further effort on the part of the Egyptian government and broad support for reform by all Egyptians. When Egypt takes the difficult steps to strengthen its economy and build political unity and justice, we will work with our Congress at home on additional support.” Continue Reading

Maxine Waters Dire Warning

Maxine Waters Warns 170 MILLION Jobs Could Be Lost Due to Sequestration Cuts — But There’s a Huge Problem With Her Estimate

If Congress allows sequestration cuts to take effect, more than 170 million Americans could lose their jobs, according to Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.).

“If sequestration takes place, that’s going to be a great setback. We don’t need to be having something like sequestration that’s going to cause these job losses — over 170 million jobs that could be lost,” Waters said.

She went on to say cuts must be done “over a long period of time.”

There’s just one problem with her estimation — and it’s a big one.  Continue Reading

Sequestration and the End of the World, Continued

by: the Common Constitutionalist

The White House, the Democrats and their stenographers, the media, have really ramped up the hysteria and hyperbole regarding the March 1 sequester deadline. As for the deadline, to hear these folks whine about it, especially our president, you’d think it really was a dead-line.

sob storyI swear I’ve heard the president say, from one speech to another, that virtually every public sector employee will lose his or her job. It appears this is shaping up to be the mother of all crises. And need I remind you what they say about a good crisis. This is how wedded the government is to our tax dollars.

Now keep in mind that the following list of tragedies that is sure to befall us is only a fraction of the Armageddon this administration is predicting. All this for a lousy 2% cut spending. That’s the equivalent of a person making $50,000 per year giving up one Starbucks coffee a day.

Air travel will be disrupted due to an estimated 47,000 FAA workers being laid off. The TSA will have to let employees go. Of course that will not only cause delays but also security problems. Terrorists, realizing our sudden vulnerability will rush to the nearest airport to wreak havoc knowing the TSA is not on the job. Terrorists such as little four-year-old wheelchair-bound girls and ninety-year old grandma’s may now slip through undetected. The horror!

Hurricanes and other severe weather events will no longer be predicted due to deep cuts at NOAA. Deputy commerce secretary Rebecca M Blank states, “The government runs the risk of significantly increased forecast errors and the government’s ability to warn Americans across the country about high-impact weather events, such as hurricanes and tornadoes, will be compromised.”

Layoffs of over 36,000 at the Bureau of prisons will lead to a dangerous situation of inmate violence according to Eric slip

Uh Oh! Gun violence alert! FBI director Robert Mueller warned the Congress and Senate that gun background checks would be impeded, increasing the likelihood of convicted felons ending up with weapons. Because that’s how felons always get their weapons. They don’t steal them; they attempt to purchase them legally.

Now if I were this administration, what other hot button issues could I scare the general public with? Well, we all eat. How about a nationwide shutdown of meat and poultry plants. This is what agriculture secretary Vilsack is warning of. That will certainly scare the public.

What else? Illegal immigration is a concern of the right. Immigration courts, judges and interpreters will be affected leading to a flood of aliens entering our country illegally. The question is, how will we tell?

Is that it? Is that not esequester-cartoon-bensonnough to tip the scale for you? Well, there’s more. There’s always more.

HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius claims over 370,000 mentally ill and emotionally disturbed patients will lose vital services. 125,000 additional homeless people will be left wandering the streets. 600,000 women and children will be thrown off WIC. 424,000 AIDS patients will be denied medication and housing assistance. Over 800,000 American Indians will be denied hospital care. No Headstart for 70,000 kids and no child care for another 30,000.

I could go on and on. Just realize that a paltry 2% cut and spend during will result in the total meltdown of our society, evidently.

Now the $64,000 question is, do you believe it? Do you believe the government when they describe such wanton destruction from such a small cut? Well that’s what they are banking on. That’s what progressives do. That’s all they have as motivation; fear. They bank on the ignorant public’s fear of the unknown.

But every once in a while the media will slip up and practice a random act of journalism. It doesn’t happen often but it does prove that these folks (reporters) can do their job; they just choose not to.

ABC news reporter, John Karl, was discussing the looming sequester with host George Snuffleupagus, when he let something slip. They were discussing homeland security cuts when Karl stated, “Yet, despite all the dire warnings and inability to reach an agreement, the spending cuts represent only a fraction of total federal spending. In fact, even with the cuts, the federal government will spend about $15 billion more this year than it spent last year.”spending

What? Did I hear that right? You mean to tell me that these dire warnings of world ending sequestration-spending cuts will result in a budget increase this year? Why is this the first time we are hearing of this? Well, it isn’t. I wrote about this just a few days ago. Remember; it’s called Baseline Budgeting.

So you see, once again, this hand wringing and teeth gnashing is all about nothing. Let me correct that. It’s definitely about something. The left has a lot to lose if the bogus spending cuts are allowed to happen.

The progressives cannot afford for the ignorant to discover they’ve been lied to. If the sequester “cuts” are allowed and the world doesn’t end, the public may just realize that budget cuts aren’t as tragic as they have been portrayed. This is why we see the full-court press.

After all the warnings of doom and gloom, the left knows these cuts won’t even be noticed by the majority of voters and they can’t allow their lie to be exposed. When the public realizes these cuts have little to no effect on their lives, they may actually demand more and the progressives can’t have that.

That’s what this whole production is all about. It’s as simple as that.

Sequestration and the End of the World

government-wasteby: the Common Constitutionalist

Let us put aside reality for a bit. What reality, you say? The reality that the pending disaster that is Sequestration, or automatic spending cuts, are spending cuts at all. That reality.

Read my lips! No spending will be cut! How can I say that with such certainty? Easy. It’s called Baseline Budgeting.

What is Baseline Budgeting you ask?

Baseline Budgeting is how our government calculates the budget every year. All departments get automatic increases; sometimes as much as 10%. If the budget doesn’t increase by as much as originally intended, it’s considered a spending cut (usually draconian). So when you hear that those in Washington are going to cut the budget, you best believe it’s a lie. It doesn’t matter what they say or how they spin it. If you spend more than last year you haven’t cut your budget, and as our government spends more every year, the budget has not and will not be cut. Don’t be fooled by the lies.

Here’s a quick baseline budget cut scenario. This guy has a job (I know… What’s that?) He works hard and gets noticed by his boss. The boss comes to him and says he deserves a raise and he’ll make it happen within a few weeks. He is told the raise is likely to be 5%. That night he rushes home to tell his wife (or husband in some states) the good news. She says that additional 5% will sure come in handy. A few weeks pass and sure enough, he gets that raise. The boss however, says he could only afford 3%. The guy is still thankful that he received a raise at all and a 3% increase is still pretty good. He goes home and shows his wife his paycheck. Unfortunately the wife had already calculated and spent the equivalent of the expected 5% increase. She takes one look at his check and with great disappointment exclaims, “What is this? Your boss cut your pay by 2%?” And that folks is a baselinebaseline budget government budget cut.

Continuing with the suspension of reality. President Obama was the one who wanted and proposed the sequestration spending cuts in the first place. He even threatened those in Congress, to veto anyone tried to fight against the sequestration spending cuts. Now he wants to, in effect, veto himself. All of a sudden, the sky is going to fall if we have to cut $85 billion (and it’s actually $45 billion) from a $3.8 trillion budget. And remember, it’s just a decrease of the proposed increase.

To add insult to injury, Obama gets to choose what will be cut. Of course, no one is telling us this little factoid. He can choose to cut nonessential services and personnel, but he instead proclaims he will have to cut the most essential. If he didn’t want Headstart to be cut, he could choose something else, but the fact is, Obama wants to threaten to cut Headstart, air traffic controllers, first responders and any other high-profile public program that will further the damnation of the Republicans and hasten their extinction. After all, this kabuki dance is not about budget cuts. The end game of Obama and his minions is the total destruction of Republican opposition. As long as no one (or very few, e.g. Rand Paul) has the courage to stand up and proclaim that we are being lied to, he and the complicit media will just continue to push the envelope of deceit.

Regardless of party affiliation, government officials are always saying that they just can’t cut the budget. Politicians claim anyone that even suggstop sequesterests it must be the devil, a racist, Hitler and so on. Well I found a simple way to cut the budget tomorrow. Below is just a partial list of money the government throws away every year, due to waste, fraud and abuse (funny that they know it’s occurring, but it continues year after year):


Agriculture: $4.3 billion

Defense: $30 billion

Education: $4.7 billion

Health and Human Services: $55.1 billion

Homeland Security: $3 billion

Housing and Urban Development: $1.5 billion

Labor: $12.3 billion

Medicare: $44 billion

Treasury: $12.3 billion

Transportation: $1.5 billion

Veterans Affairs: $1.2 billion

Social Security Administration: $8 billion


In total, approximately 7% of all government spending is wasted. Just this partial list is more than $170 billion. I’ve seen reports as high as about $228 billion each year. Now let that sink in for a minute.

Okay, now tell me the bloated federal budget can’t truly be cut. I would opt for the Harding/Coolidge cut to the bone budget plan, but maybe a more reasonable approach is the Mac Penny Plan.


Pelosi: Pay Cut Would Diminish The Dignity Of Her Job

Speaking in the context of the sequester cuts that would have a measly effect  on Congressional pay, Nancy Pelosi said that even though a pay cut wouldn’t  effect her as much as it would others, she is still opposed  to the idea:

”I don’t think we should do it; I think we  should respect the work we do. I think it’s necessary for us to have the dignity  of the job that we have rewarded.”

Politicians talk an awful lot about shared sacrifice and “fair share.” But they don’t want to be the ones sharing any sacrifice or giving up their fair  share.

Pelosi’s opposed to doing the same thing to herself that she is in favor of  doing to every American citizen. She thinks a congressional pay cut would make  her office less “dignified.” I suppose she would argue that a citizen pay cut in  the form of higher taxes would accentuate the dignity of those jobs. She  would talk about how wonderful our jobs were and how great it was that we were  all willing to sacrifice our income for the betterment of society later. Continue Reading


Sequestration Fraud

Defending the United States is one of the very few constitutionally mandated functions of the federal government; maintaining an army and navy.

For that reason our country must be able to properly fund the military via a defense budget. The left and right have been debating the balance between defense and other domestic unconstitutionalspending it seems like forever, or at least since LBJ’s Great Society. The right, or constitutional conservatives maintain that nothing is more important than funding defense. The left however, believes that domestic spending is as or more important than defense.

The fact is, constitutionally it doesn’t matter what the left or right feels or thinks. Most of the spending the federal government does is unconstitutional. There is no article, section, clause or amendment that allows the feds to take our tax money to spend on college loans, illegal immigrants, mortgages, welfare, Social Security, food stamps, etc. The list isn’t endless, but it’s darn close. None of these programs are truly legal.

Yet here we are – collecting around $2 trillion in taxes and spending over $3.5 trillion every year.

Last year our spineless Congress was once again faced with a decision. Cut spending, increase taxes, raise the debt ceiling. As is their usual M.O., rather than make an actual decision, they decided to punt the ball. After all, is this not what we elected them to do? Off they go to Washington, collect a good salary with endless perks, benefits and lifetime retirement after a few short terms. I know that’s what I’m looking for in an employee; and overpaid primadonna that can decide not to make a decision on any issue.

That brings us to the 800-pound gorilla in the room. My apology to any gorillas reading this. The dreaded sequestration; the automatic spending cuts that Congress didn’t think we would ever have to deal with.Sequestration

As I stated, last year Congress kicked the spending can down the road once again, figuring, somehow, that a magic fairy would come and solve it for them; maybe a blue ribbon commission of ex-politicians that were unable to make a decision while they were in office.

The right figured it would never get to this point due to drastic cuts in defense spending. See all Republicans are warmongers, ya know. The left figured this would never come to pass due to the potential of draconian domestic spending cuts.

Notice I haven’t mentioned our King. That’s because, I don’t think Obama gives a crap either way. If he really wants something done, he’ll just write an executive order.

Anywho, if you have been watching anything other than TMZ or Entertainment Tonight, you’ve heard of the dreaded sequestration. Among the two, the drastic automatic cuts of $500 billion from the defense budget have garnered the most attention. This is of course purposefsequestration-2ul, for the left feels it can pressure the right into caving because of the right’s precious defense budget.

And that’s all we hear. How will we survive? A cut of $500 billion from Defense will cripple us, they say. Yes it would if it were all taken at once. But that $500 billion cut is spaced out over 10 years. It’s not all up front, but it sounds scarier if the 10-year thing isn’t mentioned.

The sequestration cost for this year from Defense is $45 billion. Now, don’t get me wrong, that’s a lot of cabbage (money, for you who don’t speak gangster), but with a total governmental budget of over $3.5 trillion, it’s an accounting error.

I am a diehard supporter of the military, but total defense related spending is over $820 billion per yeanever_let_a_serious_crisis_go_to_waste_r. That includes the military, homeland security, State Department and the like. Is anyone really naïve enough to think that any government agency can’t cut a little over 5% from their budget? Hell, we gave away $47 billion in foreign and military aid in 2012 alone and it’s projected top $56 billion next year. There is so much pork built into every government budget, 5% wouldn’t be missed.

Oh, and by the way; with the scam called government base-line budgeting, the budget will always increase, and the sequestration cuts (after the first year) is merely a decrease in the automatic increase in every departments budget. It’s like marking up a product from $20 to $30 and then offering a $5 discount. What a bargain.  

Once again, in my opinion, this is another purposely-created emergency. If you recall, our country was going to collapse if we didn’t spend $1 trillion on TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program) under the progressive George W Bush administration.

Then we had to have the trillion-dollar useless stimulus program, lest the world end. Then son of stimulus, second cousin of stimulus, Bernanke’s buyback stimulus, etc. See, a good crisis never does go to waste (thanks Rohm). Everything is always and purposefully pushed off until the 11th hour by both sides allowing for rash decisions to be made by one side and cover for the other.

And does anyone truly believe these cuts will continue for 10 years? They can’t even decide what to do next year. The federal budget will increase as it always does, unfettered and unpinned from economic reality.

So fear not, all you warmongering hawks. Our military will prevail as it always has.

Let the sequestration happen and let the chips fall where they may.