This really should not come as a surprise to anyone who has even a passing familiarization with modern Big Government politics – particularly when doling out taxpayer-funded largesse is concerned, but reports out of the Department of Agriculture illustrate just how brazenly protective of government spending this administration (perhaps all administrations) is. A leaked email from a departmental officer suggests that officials are intent on applying the required budget cuts, either voluntarily or by direction, in the most painful way(s) possible with an apparent desire to drum up public agitation for cessation of those cuts.
According to a response from the department’s budget office, as apparently conveyed in the email, a service director was told “however you manage that reduction, you need to make sure you are not contradicting what we said the impact would be.”
The Agriculture Department has itself reported that the emails in question were taken out of context – and perhaps that is so – but given the sort of mafia-style politics that we have witnessed from this administration I find that response to be dubious. At any rate, given that there is exactly zero constitutional authority delegated to the federal government to even establish an agriculture bureaucracy, applying sequestration cuts – painful or not – will not be the worst thing for governmental propriety.
If true, this is cynical “leadership” at its worst but it is exactly what should be expected. “Every nation has the government it deserves.”