Yet, the government cannot find $18,000 a week to keep the White House open for tours.
Instead, the federal government continues to hire and wants to spend money on: funding studies like this one ($1.5 million) to study why lesbians are fat, send President Obama to spend quality time on his golf game with Tiger Woods, sending the First Daughter to New York, sending the First Lady around the country, and beginning preparations on yet another multimillion dollar vacation to Martha’s Vineyard. I guess the sky isn’t falling after all Mr. President?
After all, your tax dollars are important to the Obamas.
With Office of Management and Budget fact sheets in hand, President Obama warned of dire cutbacks and consequences should sequestration go into effect March 1.
The cuts happened, White House tours have been halted, and the administration swears it’s not overreacting to the bare-bones budget directive.
But in the days since the hammer of sequestration fell, the federal government is hiring anew.
A search tonight of the USA Jobs federal employment website, filtered to positions in the United States and posted over the past 10 days, yielded 2,596 results.
This includes 107 positions at the Department of Homeland Security, which has claimed cutbacks have resulted in everything from a more taxing security line at airports to the need to free illegal immigrant detainees.
Jobs included transportation security officers in rural areas, a library technician in Baltimore, a recreational boating safety specialist in Cleveland, natural hazards program specialists in Denton, Texas, and various program analyst positions in the D.C. area. Various six-figure supervisory jobs are also open.
One hundred and fifteen jobs have been posted since sequestration began for the Agriculture Department, which warned of Americans falling ill from tainted food due to short staffing should sequestration go into effect.
Jobs posted included soil technicians, a recreation forestry technician in Sedona, Ariz., a dairy grader in Winnsboro, Texas, an archaeologist in McCall, Idaho, and a social science analyst.
The highest number of job postings since sequestration went into effect is at the Department of Veterans Affairs, with 909 new openings at the time of publication. The OMB painted a grim picture of tens of thousands of homeless vets being returned to the streets due to the budget cuts.
Read more at this link.
- Gov’t Lists 2,600 Job Openings Since Sequester (sweetness-light.com)
- Blaming sequester, White House cancels public tours (star-telegram.com)
- ‘Sequester’ hits at least one town hard: Washington DC (news.yahoo.com)
- Republicans Are Mocking Sequester Cuts As Silly – They’re Not (balloon-juice.com)