"We have learned that the sequestration already has cut 1.6 million jobs. So we need job creation. We need to help the middle class by creating jobs.”— Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), floor speech, July 31, 2013
It turns out that Reid’s estimate was so grossly inaccurate that to determine the real answer using Common Core math would require erasing more than a million and a half little boxes. An audit performed by the Government Accountability Office and released last month shows that one federal job — a single position — was cut as a result of sequestration. An employee of the U.S. Parole Commission was the lone casualty of an experiment in controlling government waste that saved taxpayers $85!
"Despite relentless warnings about the dire consequences of sequestration’s budget cuts, it appears sequestration resulted in only one layoff. While that’s good news for federal employees and other workers, it is devastating to the credibility of Washington politicians and administration officials who spent months — and millions of dollars — engaging in a coordinated multi-agency cabinet-level public relations campaign to scare the American people.
This is not to suggest that jobs in the private sector were not affected by symbolic measures taken by the administration in an attempt to turn public sentiment against the evil GOP. White House tours were unnecessarily discontinued and national parks were closed. Such spiteful and needless actions on the part of the Obama White House adversely impacted vendors who sold food and souvenirs.
The even more encouraging news to be taken from the GAO’s findings, provided professional politicians are ever willing to act on it, is how vastly bloated the government coffers are. As the shutdown approached, the White House and Democrat lawmakers warned that spending cuts need to be made surgically, with a scalpel, not with an ax, as they believed Republicans were threatening. Considering the fallout of sequestration, it would now seem more fitting to go in with a bulldozer next time."