Tag: Sequestration

Playing Politics With Kids

At present, there is no evidence directly linking Chris Christie to the bridge closures. But if there is, he will be in serious trouble. It’s pretty repulsive to punish innocent citizens to get at a politician. And when you’re talking about hurting children, that’s just disgraceful.

You know where this is going, don’t you?

A House Natural Resources Committee investigation has found that President Obama’s Office of Management and Budget ordered that sequestration cuts be applied retroactively to funding for rural schools over the opposition of the Agriculture Department.

The committee’s report released today, “A Less Secure Future for Rural Schools: An Investigation into the Obama Administration’s Questionable Application of the Sequester to the Secure Rural Schools Program,” detailed how last February the USDA had determined 2013 sequestration wouldn’t apply to 2012 funds that had already been distributed in the program. The White House stepped in and overruled the USDA, though both agencies haven’t turned over numerous subpoenaed documents that could reveal more behind the decision.

The Democrats on the committee are saying this was the case of bad law creating bad decisions. I have a feeling, however, that their tune would be different had it been President McCain retroactively cutting funds from inner city schools to comply with sequestration budget levels.

That’s the thing about this Christie business. I’m fine with holding his feet to the fire over it (especially if his strenuous denials turn out to be lies). I just want the same standard applies to everyone. This sort of petty political payback goes on all the time. This Administration has become a master at it. if you’re going to bash Christie for it, bash everyone who does it.