President Obama has now taken his apocalyptic scare mongering to the states. It's time to expand his parrots of doom. The White House released a state-by-state breakdown of how the sequester cuts will affect them, just in time for the winter meeting of the National Governors Association in Washington. Here are a few examples from the White House report:
- “Ohio will lose approximately $25.1 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 350 teacher and aide jobs at risk … In addition, Ohio will lose approximately $22 million in funds for about 270 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities.”
- “In Georgia around 4,180 fewer children will receive vaccines for diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, whooping cough, influenza, and Hepatitis B due to reduced funding for vaccinations of about $286,000.”
- In New York, “Up to 2,300 disadvantaged and vulnerable children could lose access to child care, which is also essential for working parents to hold down a job.”
Why has the White House released this report, focusing on the state-by-state effect? Rather than the debate over sequestration being yet another nebulous budget debate in Washington, Obama is trying to make it personal. Also, a lot of these state governments, including governors, enjoy better approval ratings than anyone in Washington, including the President. So maybe Americans will be more willing to pay attention to their state politicians on the issue, whom they may trust more than those in Washington. I wonder if the Governors are incredulous over the fact that Obama is lecturing them on the dire consequences to their states if a law goes into effect that OBAMA HIMSELF proposed and signed into law.
In the meantime, we have Obama cabinet officials like Education Secretary Arne Duncan warning that thousands of teachers are going to lose their jobs as a result of sequestration. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is out there saying that flights are going to be delayed and furloughs will take place. It took Candy Crowley of all people to point out “that domestic flights are down 27 percent from pre-9/11 levels and the budget at the FAA is up 41 percent.” A point to which LaHood had little response.
Of course he didn't have a response, because if you breakdown the numbers, the sequester cuts are not the apocalyptic end that Obama and his sycophants are claiming. We are talking about cutting the equivalent of 3 cents of every dollar the government would spend this year – less than 3% of our budget. In fact, even with the sequester cuts we will spend more this year than any other year in American history except for 2011. Tom Coburn has it right when he says that the long-term consequences of not cutting spending will be the real disaster.