The Kenyan little Barry after having extolled loud and long the devastation waiting to be visited upon an unsuspecting public by the dreaded republican demon called sequestration, has changed his tune. Sequestration is now good for us. What a surprise. This new song and dance comes not long after to many democrats to name complained that there was simply not a single dime left in the budget that could be safely cut. There was they said earnestly, simply was no “fat” left on the federal budget carcass.
Having finally, if only temporarily, located their missing spine, the republicans managed to stand firm on sequestration. Once the little Kenyan realized he was going to lose the sequestration argument he had his petulant little minions begin drafting planned budget cuts that would have the most dramatic impact on the public. The much ballyhooed cancellation of White House tours is a prime example. So if there is so little money left in the budget why is the government funding these programs?
The federal government issued a $152,000 grant to study “voice therapy” for so called transgender individuals. Apparently having the public pay for these transgender types to look the part isn’t enough. Having the right voice they say is incumbent to being “accepted as one’s preferred gender.” Preferred gender? Really?
Not to be outdone The National Science Foundation has awarded a $2.1 million grant over five years for a research project titled, “Wild Minds: What Animals Really Think.” The following institutions The New York Hall of Science, the Institute for Learning Innovation, Hunter College of the City University of New York and a consortium of five regional science center/zoo partnerships accepted $2,131,193 of taxpayer funds. Apparently it is vitally important that we “understand what and how animals think.”
Speaking of animals, The National Science Foundation awarded a grant for $876,752 to the University of Iowa to study whether there is any benefit to sex among New Zealand mud snails. This apparently could help explain why any organism has sex. I could answer that burning question for them at half the price.
Despite Defense Secretary Hagel warning that sequestration would cause “suspension of important activities, curtailed training, and could result in furloughs of civilian personnel” the Pentagon has continued purchasing renewable fuel at $59 per gallon. Why bother defending the country when you can save the planet with “green” gas, right?
Finally, we mustn’t forget the garden. Just after sequestration went into effect, the State Department budgeted more than $700,000 for gardening services at a U.S. Ambassador’s residence in Brussels, Belgium. Must be one hell of a garden.
Federal dollars it seems have the life expectancy of a box of donuts in Michael Moores house.
I understand that even if all these programs had been eliminated the resulting savings would be a drop in the bucket compared to the federal deficit. Still, an example should be set. Perhaps I am just a simpleminded person but I fail to see how any of these expenditures, with the possible exception of the ambassadors residence, could be a necessary federal outlay.
The Kenyan little Barry should have shown some leadership by canceling all of these programs to pay for the White House tours. This would allow the children of this great country to see just how far crass, partisan politics and the ability and desire to outright lie with a straight face can get you. Then again, having decided that the world cannot do without him, he may not want the competition.