Sequestration’s shocking job toll: One measly bureaucrat in entire government
Only one employee in the entire federal government lost a job due to sequestration, according to a government audit that found the only permanent cut came at the U.S. Parole Commission, which eliminated one position.
Sen. Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican, said Wednesday that the audit — performed by the Government Accountability Office and released last month — shows that the worries over sequestration’s impact on jobs was overblown.
“Despite relentless warnings about the dire consequences of sequestration’s budget cuts, it appears sequestration resulted in only one layoff,” he said. “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.”
A year ago at this time, sequestration was a major part of the political conversation in Washington. The cuts, which kicked in March 1, 2013, reduced spending at nearly every federal department and agency and President Obama and Democrats on Capitol Hill warned of devastating impacts on government services, and a major dent to the economy. According to the GAO, nearly every agency or department affected by sequestration canceled or limited bonuses, cut travel and training, and limited overtime.
Pourtant, la bonne gauche, très forte en science humaine, mais médiocre en math, nous avait annoncé que les coupures automatiques (sequester) allaient dévaster l’économie américaine. Que seuls des extrémistes étaient suffisamment bêtes pour supporter de pareilles mesures… Bilan final: un seul fonfon a perdu son emploi.
Rappelez-vous en quand la gogauche voudra vous faire peur avec les mesures d’austérité du gouvernement québécois.