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Now that we're a week or so into the apocalypse, or as the media and the left like to call it, sequestration, I miss the United States as it used to be with a smooth running, efficient, people-friendly federal government. I guess now that all those necessary (critical) government services have come to an end what I probably miss the most is how efficiently and fairly the government gathered money from the masses and then used it for the common good (I would make a joke here about the stock market crashing, but the way things are right now, that might really happen).
Actually, there are people in the government who are very concerned about what services really are necessary and whether or not those particular governmental functions are going to be slowed or stopped by the sequestration. Let's see, so far, defense, meat inspection, and air traffic control seem to be identified as the most important things the federal government is in charge of. Because of that, the administration is making sure that those, and any others they may identify as being critical, are the ones being cut or halted.
Say, how would you like to be the person put in charge of finding federal programs that people would actually miss if they were cut or eliminated? Imagine how that would go: "let's see, oh, I know, the EPA is loved by the peopâ€¦, oh yeah I guess a lot of people really hate the EPA's bureaucratic overreach. Hmmm, okay, let's go with the Department of Education, they've really been raising those test scorâ€¦, hmmm, how about the department of energy, their policies have been steadily reducing our dependence on foreigâ€¦. Hey! Who do I have to sleep with to get out of this job?
Anyway, there are indeed people figuring out where any supposed "cuts" in government funding would cause the most trouble. When these places are identified, then the administration does its best to make sure that's where the ax (well, more of a hatchet) falls. After all, it would be pretty hard to sell people on how bad it is to cut the federal budget, if the budget were to be cut (which it isn't by the way), and nobody noticed. Personally, I think, or maybe hope is a better word, that the left has overstepped itself this time. I'm wondering if some of the panic and hype in the media isn't because the left has become concerned about the ultimate effect of cutting "critical services".
By the way, before I go on, I just want to make crystal clear that what the administration is about to do to the military in the form of unnecessary cuts, is a downright crying shame. The Barack had opportunity after opportunity to handle the defense cuts differently. Not only did he purposefully let those chances go by, his administration is making sure they make cuts in defense in the most painful ways possible. Because it would be another column entirely, I'm not going to go into how the left has long had it in for the military, but if you watch how the U.S. military is being treated right about now, you can get the idea.
In fact, the media and the administration have become so shrill and loud about how bad these cuts are going to be that I'm beginning to wonder if they're afraid the general public may decide cutting the budget isn't so bad after all. Is The Obama afraid he's doing the political equivalent of yelling FIRE! in a crowded theater and everybody's noted that there isn't really a fire? Is the left concerned that if they don't make the non-cut in the huge, overgrown, bloated, wastefuâ€¦, sorry, got sidetracked. Where was I? Oh yeah, has the left realized that the months and months of time they invested in telling people how draconian the sequestration is may back fire on them if the general response is "hey, that wasn't so bad, let's do it again."
Whether or not the left is concerned about taxpayers deciding that not only did they like the present cuts (excepting how shamefully they are being handled concerning the military), they clearly have been working to magnify the effects.
I also think there is another possible side effect of coming cuts in "essential services". Let's take a look at the meat inspectors. We're being told that one of the things which will have to be cut is the number of federal inspectors for meat. I would propose to you that federal meat inspectors are unnecessary. The only reason federal meat inspectors are "needed" in the meat industry is because the federal government says the producers have to have them. How about this, instead of requiring federal inspectors (I wonder if they are union employees), we simply set the standards for meat, then tell the producers they have to hold to those standards or suffer legal penalties? You know what would be different about that? Not much, except the federal employees would suddenly be completely superfluous and the meat packers could get some work done. Probably at less cost too.
I picked on the meat inspectors to make a point. The point I wanted to highlight is that most of the people who have read this article so far are probably thinking something along the lines of "producers can't be trusted with food safety without oversight." I disagree. America has (in my opinion) the safest, most dependable food supply in the world, and the vast majority of that food is produced when there is no federal employee (other than the I.R.S maybe) anywhere in the vicinity.
I think Obama and the left have bet, and bet big, on the citizens of the United States having become mentally dependent on government bureaucrats. So dependent that they just aren't willing to re-learn how well we used to take care of the day to day functions of life in our society for ourselves.
Sequestration: doom and gloom, or a brave new world? That's strictly up to us.
Bruce Kreitler is the author of Obamageddon (the Culmination of the Progressive Looting of America) and posts this and other articles at BruceKreitler.com.