On March 4th, I posted an article about the sequester (rightwinggranny.com) which included the following:
Glen Reynolds at Instapundit has a very interesting take on this:
Somebody should really put in a FOIA request for communications between the White House and agencies about sequester implementation. There’s gold in those emails.
Well, there are still a few good reporters left.
Stephen Dinan at the Washington Times reported today:
In the email sent Monday by Charles Brown, an official with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service office in Raleigh, N.C., Mr. Brown asked “if there was any latitude” in how to spread the sequester cuts across the region to lessen the impacts on fish inspections.
He said he was discouraged by officials in Washington, who gave him this reply: “We have gone on record with a notification to Congress and whoever else that ‘APHIS would eliminate assistance to producers in 24 states in managing wildlife damage to the aquaculture industry, unless they provide funding to cover the costs.’ So it is our opinion that however you manage that reduction, you need to make sure you are not contradicting what we said the impact would be.”
It hurts my heart to think that there are people in our government who are purposely trying to harm the American
public for political purposes. For example, closing the White House to public tours is a political move designed to make the public mad so that they will blame the Republicans. Never mind that the Republicans were not the authors of sequestration. I am sure some of the money needed to keep the White House tours going could be found in the President’s
vacation fund or in reducing the number of personal assistants we are providing for the First Lady.