The sequestration does not target any of these kinds of outrageous abuses of taxpayer dollars listed. 1) Free cell phones: This program cost $2.2 billion so far in 2013 alone. 2) Obamacare promotion: The federal government spent $51.6 million last year promoting Obamacare and paying public relations firms. 3) IRS TV studio: The IRS has a full-service TV production studio which costs $4 million annually to operate. 4) Property maintenance: The federal government spent $1.7 billion in 2010 to maintain property that is not in use or underutilized. 5) EPA Grants to Foreign Countries: The EPA has given more than $100 million in grants to foreign countries over the last ten years, and not to mention the 90 different green energy programs across 11 different federal agencies that are eating up government resources, and this is only the tip of the iceberg.
The sequester will affect Hill Air Force Base and at least 11,000 people in Utah, resulting in $86 million in lost wages while degrading efficiency at Hill Air Force Base in a way that would cost the government millions more. Hill is just one of many military facilities. Federal employees have contributed over $100 billion towards the deficit over that past 25-plus months, due to no wage increases in the past two years.
As we inch closer to the March 1 sequestration date, it appears we are as usual, in this demise alone. There has been no attempt to meet, discuss, or plan how to avoid these cuts by the president or Congress, and yes we do need cuts. Instead the president and Congress continue to point fingers at each other and voted to go on a 10- day vacation and voted to take 70 days of paid vacation this calendar year.
In the mean time, federal employees will be forced to take a 20 percent cut in pay during the 22 day furlough. This will be felt throughout our communities and will have a great impact on a lot of family.
This really ticks us off! And, do you think they are going to take a pay cut?
Kevin and Kathy Bott