In other words, the first question that should be asked of Obama and members of Congress who want to gut the sequester is why they arenít instead proposing to consolidate or eliminate the 94 federal initiatives across 11 agencies that encourage ďgreen buildingĒ in the private sector, the more than 50 federal programs across 20 agencies that promote financial literacy or the 47 job training programs that cost more than $18 billion annually?
The same question should be asked about every other duplicative or wasteful program identified by the GAO, the Congressional Budget Office, the Office of Management and Budget and non-governmental sources such as our organizationís Prime Cuts.
Offers of a ďgrand bargainĒ to replace the sequester should be rejected. Past agreements have been a bad deal for taxpayers, leading to higher taxes and spending. Only the sequester, starting with Gramm-Rudman, has resulted in real spending cuts.
Tom Schatz is president of Citizens Against Government Waste.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.