The White House announced Tuesday that it is canceling tours of the president’s home for the foreseeable future as the sequester spending cuts begin to bite and the administration makes good on its warnings of painful decisions.
Announcement of the decision — made in an email from the White House Visitors Office — came hours after The Washington Times reported on another administration email that seemed to show at least one agency has been instructed to make sure the cuts are as painful as President Obama promised they would be.
In the internal email, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service official Charles Brown said he asked if he could try to spread out the sequester cuts in his region to minimize the impact, and he said he was told not to do anything that would lessen the dire impacts Congress had been warned of.
FW: Aquaculture loss – sequestration
During the Management team conference call this morning, I asked if there was any latitude in how the sequestration cuts related to aquaculture could be managed (e.g. spread across the Region). The question was elevated to APHIS BPAS.
The response back was, “We have gone on record with a notification to Congress and whoever else that “APHIS would eliminate assistance to producers in 24 States in managing wildlife damage to the aquaculture industry, unless they provide funding to cover the costs.
So, it is our opinion that however you manage that reduction, you need to make sure you are not contradicting what we said the impact would be.
I have been asked to provide a plan by Friday that will outline the implement of the $263,000 aquaculture reduction. I will use the information you have already provided. If I need additional information, I will let you know.
Charles S. Brown
Eastern Regional Director
Editors Note: White House Tours are predominantly provided by volunteers. Meaning that Canceling tors due to the Sequester is bogus and being used to cause public outrage. Government emails have indicated that they want to make sequester to appear as painful as possible to move the Obama agenda of not cutting government programs.
Clearly, Obama has more power to keep government employees from being furloughed. Instead, he wants average families to feel pain that ins unnecessary. Is this a President who cares about the Poor and Middle class?
President cancels tours of White House – now that ought to balance the budget!
— Tom Price (@RepTomPrice) March 6, 2013
— Joe Walsh (@jwtimekeep) March 6, 2013
@politisite Darn.I thought they were cancelling the President’s tours of the country!
— Robert Rivell (@Rjrivell) March 6, 2013