Dissin' The Function: Updated
This time David Horsey has taken a look at the sequester and points out the obvious pain it is causing, and not just to the poor and the elders.
It is not in the news much anymore, but the automatic across-the-board cuts – the spur to legislative action that resulted in no action – continue to kick in. In the aftermath of the monster tornado that struck Oklahoma last week, a detail that went largely unnoticed was that federal money for emergency relief had been slashed by $1 billion because of the sequester. The disasters won’t stop, but the money might run out.
Meanwhile, the budget for the National Institutes of Health has fallen by nearly $2 billion. That means hundreds of fewer grants for research into new ways to prevent or treat diseases.
As the wildfire season approaches, the U.S. Forest Service is asking 41 states to return millions of dollars that are part of a revenue-sharing scheme that goes back to the days of Teddy Roosevelt. Thanks to sequestration, the Forest Service says it cannot afford to share anymore. ...
Even though the federal deficit is dropping – due, in particular, to the increase in taxes for the rich that kicked in on Jan. 1 – Congress remains mired in tired rhetoric and false premises about overspending and big government. Instead of wasting time bloviating about tea party fantasies, our leaders should get busy cleaning up the mess they have made by failing to do their jobs. [Emphasis added]
Why, yes, David. Our leaders should pull the plug on sequestration, but they won't. The House as presently constituted won't allow it. The wackaloon Tea Partyists continue to rule. Nothing of substance will come out of this Congress.
And here's what I don't get: why aren't mainstream Republicans doing something about it. Why aren't they primarying the worst of the lot. Surely at this point they can't be hurt any more than they're already being hurt.
For example, why aren't they grooming someone to take on Michele Bachmann. She is being sued by an Iowa Republican leader for stealing an email list. She is under a House Ethics Committee investigation. She continues to spout ridiculous conspiracy theories, embarrassing her party every time she is fact-checked by the major mainstream media outlets. The Democrats have targeted her for defeat and will pour money into their candidate's campaign (finally!). She's from a conservative district; surely there is someone there who would do the job for the GOP.
Karl Rove has the money, as do other more "traditional " Republicans. Why are they holding back?
I really have no idea.
Michele has announced that she won't be running for re-election. I have to admit that I'm surprised.