The across-the-board government spending cuts known as the “sequester,” although delayed by the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, finally kicked in on March 1.
This only means that the federal government will reduce the amount by which it increases spending. As succinctly explained by Daniel Mitchell of the Cato Institute: “A sequester merely means that spending climbs by $2.4 trillion over the next 10 years rather than $2.5 trillion.”
But this does not mean that liberals and progressives, joined by conservative advocates of ever-increasing defense budgets, are not lamenting how terrible it will be that federal government will have to “cut” a miniscule amount from its $3.5 trillion budget.
There are 57 ways the sequester could sting you, says Jeanne Sahadi, a senior writer at CNNMoney. She was “going to list 58,” but figured: “I had made the point: The sequester would touch many, many government programs and services.” The following 57 things are her “somewhat random sampling” of the bad things that could happen when the sequester takes effect. But because I see most of these things instead as good things about the sequester, I have added my comments after the bullet points in her 14 categories.
• All FBI workers furloughed for up to 14 days
• More than 36,000 Bureau of Prisons workers furloughed for average of 12 days
• 5,100 Marshals Service workers furloughed for up to 13 days
• Increased safety risk for prison inmates and staff
• Fewer firearms inspections
We will certainly see fewer terrorist plots if FBI workers are furloughed since it is the FBI that spends thousands of man hours and hundreds of thousands of dollars to sucker people into undertaking some ridiculous terrorist plot so it can be foiled by the FBI to justify its budget. If the federal government ended its evil war on drugs 36,000 Bureau of Prisons workers could be furloughed permanently along with 5,100 U.S. Marshals. With fewer inmates in federal prison for the non-crime of drug offenses, everything will be safer for prison inmates and staff. And since when is it the job of the federal government to inspect firearms or regulate firearms in any way? There is certainly no constitutional authority for the federal government to have anything to do with guns or gun control. And this is true with or without the Second Amendment.
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