Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Thanks to Republican Intransigence on Federal Spending, FBI May Shut Down 10 Days Next Fiscal Year

Does It Get Any Dumber Than This – Maybe, Just Wait

Republicans hate the Federal government and think all Federal spending is a big waste (except of course for defense spending and spending on large Congressional salaries and massive perks, that’s ok).  So they refuse to budge on something called the Sequester which cuts spending from domestic agencies. 

As a result the FBI, you know, the people protecting the citizens against terror attacks and national and international crime, may have to completely close its offices for 10 days in the next fiscal year which starts October 1.

FBI officials are hinting that the agency might furlough employees for more than 10 weekdays and shut down its offices on those dates if the government-wide spending cuts known as the sequester continue through the next fiscal year.

Such a plan would affect FBI personnel more than the agency’s current sequester measures, which do not involve unpaid leave. It would also impact investigations and intelligence gathering, as only essential employees would remain on the job during furlough days.

Of course spending cuts have already affected law enforcement.

The FBI’s sequester reductions for fiscal 2013 included cutbacks in hiring, training and equipment purchases. 

But Republicans don’t care.  Anything that endangers their vision of America, a vision that includes a crippled central government, tax cuts for the wealthy, reduction in aid for the young, the poor, the students, the ill and the elderly must give way.  And if a reduced FBI fighting crime and terrorism is the cost to give the Mitt Romney’s of the world lower taxes, well too bad.  Besides Mitt and his friends can pay for their own private security, they don’t need no stinkin badges.

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