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May 8, 2014

One Fed Employee Laid Off

Because of the sequester.

Remember the “Republican sequester” – the negotiating tactic that Team Obama dreamed up to trigger automatic spending cuts if a grand budgetary bargain couldn’t be reached between Democrats and Republicans? The one Obama used both to coax Republicans to the table and then to beat them over the head? The one he continually blamed on Republicans even as the facts (and the video) proved otherwise? As The Hill reports, “The Obama administration and Democrats last year claimed that sequestration would be devastating to the government and to the wider economy. Republicans have repeatedly questioned those claims, calling them scare tactics.” But as it turns out, the Government Accountability Office reports that one single solitary federal layoff at the Justice Department can be attributed to the sequester. That certainly makes sense, because the administration deliberately made the sequester as painful as possible for the general public and not federal employees and agencies. Remember the canceled White House tours, the closed national parks and the long delays for air travelers? Remember to blame Obama.

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