In an effort to target cuts from the federal sequester where they would provoke maximum public outcry, U.S. President Barack Obama announced the suspension of all White House tours this week.
The move backfired, however … with most of the “outcry” falling on Obama.
In an editorial published this week, The Wall Street Journal decried Obama’s decision – contrasting it with several U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) bureaucratic getaways to wine country.
Obama’s move would “punish the eighth graders visiting from Illinois” rather than the USDA bureaucrats’ attending a “mouthwatering” wine tasting in Fresno, California next week, The Journal noted.
Taxpayers subsidized $376 million in “home improvements” to the White House in 2010 – an investment they are now prohibited from seeing unless they donate $500,000 to Obama’s “Organizing for America” liberal advocacy group.
The sequester cuts total roughly $42 billion during the current fiscal year – around one percent of all federal spending over the next nine months.
Backed by Obama and Congressional Republican leaders in 2011 as part of a deal to raise the debt ceiling by more than $2 trillion, the sequester cuts are supposed to trim $109 billion annually over the next nine years.
For some perspective on the cuts, check out this column by our friend Bill Wilson at Americans for Limited Government.