Obama Attempting to Make Sequester Cuts Hurt as Much as Possible
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-Byn Warner Todd Huston
To President Obama any cut in government spending is the end of the world. So, in the attempt to sell that false message, he’s is doing all he can to make sure that any cuts hurt Americans as much as possible. One way he intends to do this is by hurting our food chain and putting an end to many inspection services.
The Washington Times had an interesting email from a government employee of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service who was told by his superiors not to make sense of of the cuts, not to make any adjustments that could even the cuts out but to make sure it hurts as much as possible.
In the internal email, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service official Charles Brown said he asked if he could try to spread out the sequester cuts in his region to minimize the impact, and he said he was told not to do anything that would lessen the dire impacts Congress had been warned of.
The Obama administration wants as much pain as possible.
Couple that with the word from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and AgSec Tom Vilsack that he intends to shut down meat inspection services in order to hurt our food supply.
I was in contact with an employee of a meat packing plant (who wants to remain anonymous to protect his job) and he told me that in a recent conference call on the subject of cuts in hours of meat inspector that our food supply will be shut down and any possible private sector solutions to the problem will be denied.
Of course, federal rules state that food production plants are not allowed to operate without the federally controlled inspectors on the premises. Apparently, in normal times when meat packing plants run overtime or on weekends and holidays, the private companies pay the overtime pay of the federal food inspectors. This is a common practice my insider tells me.
In the conference call, the employees were told that the inspectors would be off certain days which meant that the plant would have to shut down and the food shipments they normally push out each month would be halted. When they asked their federal representative of the USDA if they could pay the inspectors with their own funds like they usually do when the USDA won’t be footing the bill, they were told no.
So, these employees were told that the normal practice of paying the inspectors like they usually do would not be allowed. Why? Only to make sure that food supplies are damaged and Obama can then “prove” that those evil Republicans are destroying the country through the sequester.