The Sequester: Good & Hard
12:11 PM, Sep 16, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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:
At a recent press conference, his successor said that he intends to:
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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