If the sequestration goes through on Friday, you better fear for your food. At least according to Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-Milwaukee).
On Sunday, Moore told a reporter in Milwaukee that "when you’re a mom putting chicken nuggets on the table you wouldn't be able to be sure they were inspected by FDA agents."
Thus, Moore has joined the cacophony of liberals out to scare Americans into believing their life will be in danger if the $85 billion in cuts goes through on Friday.
Moore went on to say "the Republicans have favored cut, cut, cut, cut, cut, cut, cut."
For some reason it is hard for liberals like Moore to believe that Republicans would support spending cuts when the national debt stands at $16.5 trillion and growing, but they do. And even though many Republicans were complicit in passing tax increases just two months ago as part of the Fiscal Cliff crisis, cutting spending remains anathema to liberals.
But as liberals warn that the cuts will destroy food inspection, cause lines at the airport, starve seniors, and even cause the Defense Department to pull an aircraft carrier out of the Persian Gulf, here bis some perspective (via Rich Lowry):
Over the next 10 years, the sequester amounts to a $1.16 trillion cut, or roughly 3 cents on every federal dollar. If we can’t squeeze a couple of pennies out of every dollar, we might as well begin our great national bankruptcy proceedings right now.
This year we are supposed to cut $85 billion from a $3.5 trillion budget. And it won’t even be that much. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the federal government won’t be able to cut the full $85 billion. It will manage to cut only about half that in 2013.
As Yuval Levin of the journal National Affairs points out, even with the sequester, the federal government will spend a little more in 2013 than in 2012, $3.553 compared to $3.538 trillion. Welcome to the Age of Austerity.
Even with the sequester, nondefense discretionary spending will still be up almost 10 percent since 2008. Even with the sequester, federal spending is projected to be a robust 22.8 percent of gross domestic product in 2023. Even with the sequester, the debt will hit 100 percent of GDP just two years later than it would otherwise,
In a graph produced by George Mason University, one can see just how devastating and deep the sequester cuts truly are.