Here’s the deal: if you are the one of 313,914,040 Americans who becomes President of the United States, you bear responsibilities for the office and the outcome of its policies.
Such is the case with Obama’s sequester, whose disruptive effects are being blamed on Republicans. Why? Because the Democrats virtually own the mainstream media. The $85 billion in budget cuts starting March 1st comes out of yearly government spending of at least $3.6 trillion. Can’t find a way to make that work?
Let’s take a look at some “dumb spending,” shall we? Time magazine reported that Obama’s $787 billion “stimulus” package [now evaluated at around $812 billion], which no GOP in the House voted for, failed by its own measures. Unemployment is still around 8%, while it was predicted to be closer to 5%.
So let’s recall that first-term candidate Barack Obama publicly promised to go “line by line” through legislation to remove wasteful earmarks. And then he signed off on spending for this:
- Obama stimulus gave $200,000 to teach Siberian lawmakers how to engage Russian policy makers in Moscow.
- Gave $500,000 for a consultant to figure out how to put microchips in recycling bins to check up on the recycling efforts of Dayton, Ohio citizens.
- $5 million to create a geothermal energy system for the Oak Ridge City Center shopping mall in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
- $9.38 million to renovate a century-old train depot in Lancaster County, Pa., that has not been used for three decades.
- Provided $712,000 spent on a project by researchers at Northwestern University to develop “machine-generated humor.”
- The California Academy of Sciences got $2 million dollars to send people to the Indian Ocean to photograph ants. “Everyone has run into ants … now we need to listen to them,” one ant photographer said.
- The University of North Carolina received $762,000 to create a YouTube dance application.
- $462,000 to purchase 22 concrete toilets for use in the Mark Twain National Forest in Missouri.
- $3.4 million to create an underground turtle tunnel, or eco-passage, in Lake Jackson, Florida.
- Almost $300,000 to study how Yoga might reduce menopausal hot flashes.
- $1 million for Portland, Ore., to replace 100 aging bike lockers and build a garage that would house 250 bicycles.
- $700,000 to Oregon crab fishermen to help recover lost crab pots.
- $300,000 for a GPS-equipped helicopter to hunt for radioactive rabbit droppings at the Hanford nuclear reservation in Washington state.
- SUNY Buffalo received $390,000 to study young adults who drink malt liquor and smoke marijuana..
- $30 million for a spring training baseball complex for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies.
- $11 million for Microsoft to build a bridge connecting its two headquarter campuses in Redmond, Wash., which are separated by a highway.
- $1.15 million to install a guardrail for a persistently dry lake bed in Guymon, Oklahoma.
- $12 million in stimulus checks sent to the deceased (seemingly unrecovered).
- $6 million for a snow-making facility in Duluth, Minnesota.
- Millions spent on signs advertising the “American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.”
Get the idea? So all the fear-mongering by Maxine Waters about the “sequestrapocalypse” and the most reckless spender in American history harping about ‘dumb cuts’ of 2.4% of the annual government budget doesn’t quite register the same once one gets the whole story.