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GAO: Only 1 Person Laid Off Due To Sequester Cuts

From Fox News:

Despite doomsday predictions, report finds only 1 layoff from sequester cuts

By Stephanie McNeal | May 8, 2014

Despite doomsday warnings from the White House and lawmakers on both sides that hundreds of thousands would lose their jobs as a result of the sequester, it turns out the budget cuts have only led to one job being lost among 23 federal agencies.

Now Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., is demanding answers as to why the Obama administration repeatedly warned taxpayers that the $85.3 billion in spending cuts, which went into effect in March 2013, would threaten hundreds of thousands of jobs.

But fear mongering is a god-given right — to Democrats.

The findings were revealed in a government watchdog report.

And then trumpeted by the media, even louder than their doomsday predictions. (Just kidding.)

“Taxpayers expect us to root our predictions in fact, not ideology and spin,” Coburn said Wednesday in a letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Matthews Burwell…

The March report by the Government Accountability Office describes how 23 agencies and departments — which appear to span most of the federal government — complied with the cuts. Only one, the Department of Justice, decided to lay off a single employee in fiscal year 2013.

Oh, the irony.

A spokeswoman for the GAO told FoxNews.com the DOJ reported that the laid-off worker was from the the U.S. Parole Commission, but they had no other information about the employee.

We wonder what race this poor victim was.

Virtually every other arm of the government turned to tactics like cutting overtime, reducing employee travel and putting workers on furlough to avoid actual firings.

The report is a stark contrast from the dire predictions from the Obama administration and Democratic leadership, who blamed Republicans for the cuts.

In a memo released before the sequester cuts went into effect, the White House claimed they “threaten hundreds of thousands of middle class jobs.” In a speech at the White House that February, President Obama repeated those claims.

"These cuts are not smart, they are not fair, they will hurt our economy, they will add hundreds of thousands of Americans to the unemployment rolls," he said. "This is not an abstraction. People will lose their jobs."

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid upped the doomsday rhetoric in July, according to the Washington Post, saying on the Senate floor over a million jobs were already lost. “We have learned that the sequestration already has cut 1.6 million jobs. So we need job creation. We need to help the middle class by creating jobs,” he said…

Obama and Harry Reid were fearmongering? What a shock!

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, May 8th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “GAO: Only 1 Person Laid Off Due To Sequester Cuts”

  1. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    There were all those people working the White House tours that got let go too.

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