A few of items.
Congressman Ted Poe (R, TX) is wondering about sequester cuts to tuition aid for our military veterans while we continue to send education aid to Pakistan. The Marines, for instance, had spent $47 million tuition aid in 2012, while nearly $13 million went to Pakistan for “higher education.” And then, post-sequester, the Obama administration committed another $37 million to the Pakistan program.
And there’s this example of Obama cynicism. Recall that the US Department of Agriculture would be forced to “furlough” a significant portion of its meat inspectors, among other personnel. In the meantime, though, and again post-sequester, the Obama administration
continues to pursue a “partnership” with the Mexican government to “raise awareness” about food stamps among immigrants from that country.
In complete disregard for current immigration law that says immigrants can’t come in unless they are, or can reasonably be expected to be, self-supporting.
School officials on Native American reservations across Minnesota are forced into making cuts to their current budgets in anticipation of sequester cuts. These are programs that had been making progress, improving high school graduation rates by the small, but concrete, 3% per year.
But in post-sequester DC, a six-figure income position was created for a former aide to Congressman Charles Rangel (D, NY) with the important title of Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans.
Apparently some uses for post-sequester money are more important than others. Especially when there’s political gain to be had.