In addition to refusing to sacrifice Barky's golf outings and myriad multi-million-dollar vacations, a few other things have been spared the "devastating" effects of sequestration. The Barky administration has an odd sense relative importance, to say the least; Arkansas Rep. Tim Griffin has introduced legislation to scale back the 1985 "Lifeline" program, which began with an admirable enough purpose: to provide the poor with the ability to call for emergency services, help with job searches and keep in contact with family.
Of course, the problem with the program is that government runs it. As a result, it transformed from a landline-only safety net into a "free Obamaphone" monster. 41% of the people who have the "free" cell phones and the "free" airtime - now widely featured in television ads - do not meet the requirements for issuance. Moreover, in true Chicago fashion, the government has been sending free phones to dead people; if you think you're hearing from your deceased grandma, there's your explanation. Small wonder that the program has metastasized into a $2.2 billion annual expenditure.
Also exempt from sequestration in the Barky administration:
CNSNews.com) – The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded $1.5 million to study biological and social factors for why “three-quarters” of lesbians are obese and why gay males are not, calling it an issue of “high public-health significance."
“Obesity is one of the most critical public health issues affecting the U.S. today,” the description of the grant reads. “Racial and socioeconomic disparities in the determinants, distribution, and consequences of obesity are receiving increasing attention.”
Folks, if this is such a problem, then save taxpayers the million and a half - just sic NYC mayor Nanny Bloomberg on it. Here's a thought project: imagine what this place would be like if these folks had been around 150 years ago.
Say...isn't calling lesbians fat some sort of "hate crime" or something? These folks had better watch it; there could be a class-action lawsuit in there somewhere.