We are nearing the deadline for those dastardly, DC-killing budget cuts that are threatening to send the American people tumbling backwards through a wormhole to that backwards, underfunded, economically-challenged era of 2007. Things are heating up. People are facing down slashing reserves, storing away what little money the Federal government has for rainy days when the Pentagon really needs a $150 toilet seat. Congressmen are socking away little packets of peanuts and airline miles lest they be required by the new rubric to fly coach.
That’s right, America. The Sequester may force your elected officials to fly commercial on their foreign “fact-finding trips” and Dominican Republic hooker parties. And to make matters worse, the National Scenic Byways Program may have to buy it’s own Legos. And the National Drug Intelligence Center would lose a whopping $2 million out of it’s $20 million dollar budget. And while that sounds drastic, it sounds even worse when you realize the NDIC closed its doors last June, so Obama is going have to go back to the past to save our future.
“The first line item on page 121 of the OMB’s September 2012 report says that under sequestration the National Drug Intelligence Center would lose $2 million of its $20 million budget. While that’s slightly more than 8.2 percent (rounding error or scare tactic?), the bigger problem is that the National Drug Intelligence Center shuttered its doors on June 15, 2012–three months before the OMB issued its report to Congress.”
OMB doesn’t get it’s own memos, apparently.
The good news is, the rest of the cuts are so horrendous and devastating that it’s likely their effects won’t be felt for weeks.