White House Claims Sequestration Will Affect Non-Existant Federal Dept

According to the Sequestration Transparency Acts of 2012, the Office Of Management and Budget released a report to Congress in September of 2012. This report provided a rundown of agency by agency budget cuts that are tied to sequestration. However, at least one of the agencies that the report claims to affect no longer exists nor did it exist when the report was sent to Congress.

Reason.com reports,

The first line item on page 121 of the OMB’s September 2012 report says that under sequestration the National Drug Intelligence Center would lose $2 million of its $20 million budget. While that’s slightly more than 8.2 percent (rounding error or scare tactic?), the bigger problem is that the National Drug Intelligence Center shuttered its doors on June 15, 2012–three months before the OMB issued its report to Congress.

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Here’s a screenshot of the OMB’s report:

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Here’s a screenshot of the DOJ website’s announcement that the NDIC had closed:

One wonders what other agencies are in the report that no longer exist. In fact, this does make the entire report questionable. If an entire agency that does not exist is listed and the figures of that are referenced, can we be sure that the other data in the report is accurate?

While some claimed that the NDIC’s responsibilities were absorbed by the Drug Enforcement Agency, the fact remains that the report is false as it specifically references the NDIC.

The DOJ shut down the NDIC due to “budgetary reasons,” last year, according to a DOJ spokesman.

In its 2011 report, the NDIC’s National Drug Threat Assessment, which contains facts and statistics about Mexican Drug Cartel activity in the United States, indicated that cartels were operating in over 1,000 U.S. cities in 2010. That’s up from the cartels operating in 230 cities in 2008!

So, how’s that war on drugs working out for us? I’d say we’re getting screwed by both sides on this one. Even more telling is that the Federal government has gotten so big that they can’t even keep up with what departments exist, so we know they can’t handle tax payer money properly. Thus, they are counting on people’s ignorance in order to pull a fast one on the American people when it comes to the sequestration issue.

As I’ve said before, the only people to lose in the entire manufactured crisis of sequestration is the American taxpayer.

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