Why are Firemen Always the First To Be Laid Off? Maybe because we’ll miss them the most.
Because the President has forgotten he’s already been elected and he’s been campaigning across the country to defeat his own idea, there are too many sources to quote regarding the dire consequences President Obama sees if the sequester, or Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA), isn’t averted. So without individual attribution here are some of the services we will lose.
Local first responders–fire, police, EMS.
Military “readiness” and “preparedness.”
Airport security and TSA.
Homeland Security. Border Patrol.
FEMA, FDA, NASA.
(Wait a minute, wasn’t NASA killed last year? Here’s one that’s for sure going to save money: the National Drug Intelligence Center, still slated for a $2 million cut to a $20 million dollar budget. Buy it was closed on 6/15/2012. Why does it need a budget?)
FBI, NRC, the federal prison system, SEC.
Sounds awful, until we notice that these “cuts” come out of a budget that’s already scheduled to increase more than the cuts amount to. And that Republicans have offered to give the President emergency authority to allocate these cuts in ways that are “least harmful.”