quarta-feira, março 06, 2013

Budget Politics

Budget Politics por Thomas Sowell:
Back in my teaching days, many years ago, one of the things I liked to ask the class to consider was this: Imagine a government agency with only two tasks: (1) building statues of Benedict Arnold and (2) providing life-saving medications to children. If this agency's budget were cut, what would it do?

The answer, of course, is that it would cut back on the medications for children. Why? Because that would be what was most likely to get the budget cuts restored. If they cut back on building statues of Benedict Arnold, people might ask why they were building statues of Benedict Arnold in the first place.

The example was deliberately extreme as an illustration. But, in the real world, the same general pattern can be seen in local, state and national government responses to budget cuts.
Leaked Email: Obama Caught “Faking” Impact of Sequester:
A leaked email is showing how the Obama administration is “faking” how harsh the impact of the sequester “cuts” are going to be. The goal is to make the impacts of the “cuts” as bad as the administration promised — even if they have to fake it. In other words, Obama wants to hurt people in the real world in order to score political points. Disgusting.

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