In the end, guess how many jobs were lost?
One. Yes, one. That's one, as in o-n-e. Only ONE job. And that was an employee of the Department of Justice Parole Division.
U.S. Senator Tom Coburn (OK-R), said:
Despite relentless warnings about the dire consequences of
sequestration's budget cuts, it appears sequestration resulted in only
one layoff. While that's good news for federal employees and other
workers, it is devastating to the credibility of Washington politicians
and administration officials who spent months--and millions of
dollars--engaging in a coordinated multi-agency cabinet-level public
relations campaign to scare the American people.
That's some pretty strong language, no? "...engaging in a coordinated multi-agency cabinet-level public relations campaign to scare the American people." Come to think about it, isn't that the Obama administration's modus operandi?
In a Reason magazine article, Nick Gillespie provides some data compiled by the Government Accountability Office concerning the real impact the sequester had upon the 23 federal agencies:
- 19 curtailed hiring.
- 7 agencies furloughed 770k+ employees for 1 to 7 days.
- 16 agencies reported "rescoping" or delaying contracts or grants.
- 19 reduced employee training.
- 20 reduced employee travel.
The cuts amounted to $44B out of a $3.5T budget (or 1.25%).
The stormy petrils not only overestimated the dire consequences but also overplayed their hand. Why would anyone ever believe them? Given their track record, what credibility do they have?
Let the discussion begin...
To read Nick Gillespie's article in Reason magazine, click on the following link:
"'Devastating'" Sequester Cuts Cost a Total of One (1) Federal Job!"