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The Sequester: Good & Hard

12:11 PM, Sep 16, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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If the public is to understand the full awfulness of the sequester, it seems that it must first suffer. So, as Eric Katz reports at Government Executive, the FBI will be furloughing agents and cutting costs in a way that, according to its departing director will:

… impact the FBI’s ability to prevent crime and terrorism, which will in turn impact the safety and security of our nation.”

At a recent press conference, his successor said that he intends to:

 ... publicize the impacts of sequestration as much as possible [saying] “I can’t imagine that if we have charged people with protecting their fellow citizens, that it makes sense to send them home and tell them you can’t work [and won’t be paid] for two weeks.”  

One problem with the sequester is the method.  It relieves Washington of the obligation to set priorities. Not enough money? Okay, then, everybody gets less to spend. Start cutting.  Beginning with the aircraft carriers and FBI agents.

One wonders if, given the choice, Americans wouldn't prefer to spend something between much less than now and absolutely nothing on the Department of Education rather than reducing the hours that FBI agents can work at "preventing crime and terrorism."

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