It’s the SEQUESTER!

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SequesterThis should tell you everything you need to know about the idea that the federal government should be allowed to do anything.  This story broke last week in an article in the DNC House Organ

Cancer clinics across the country have begun turning away thousands of Medicare patients, blaming the sequester budget cuts.

Oncologists say the reduced funding, which took effect for Medicare on April 1, makes it impossible to administer expensive chemotherapy drugs while staying afloat financially.

OK,  so the nasty Republicans who won’t spend more money and raise taxes again are killing elderly cancer patients.  Got it.  Could there possibly be more to the story?  Well, not if you’re the legacy media, but if you could be troubled to even turn over a small stone there might be more.

CBS News did a story on the same subject.  They quoted a doctor…

“It’s going to be a hardship to patients, their caregivers and really such an increased cost to society and to Medicare in the long run that it makes no sense to me,” [Dr. Jeff] Vacirca said.

They also noted, but didn’t comment on amidst the horror stories, the following…

A one-month course of chemo for one patient could cost $10,000. Medicare reimbursement will now fall about $200 short.

$200.

This administration has it’s priorities together.  Make cuts where they are the most visible and will get the most bad press.  “Prove” that government is indispensable.

Another sad story hit the press today.  It centers on cuts to Meals on Wheels.

>> Williamson-Burnet County Opportunities, Inc. (WBCO) is being forced to cut back almost $400,000 from its senior Meals on Wheels and Head Start programs due to federal spending decreases caused by sequestration.<<

Now here, we actually have a real opportunity to do some good.  The agency operates both Meals on Wheels and Head Start.  Here’s what you do.  Shut down the Head Start program entirely.  It’ll save more than $400,000 and you’ll have money for Meals on Wheels.  HHS who runs Head Start did an exhaustive study

Head Start is an $8 billion per year federal preschool program, designed to improve the kindergarten readiness of low-income children. Since its inception in1965, taxpayers have spent more than $180 billion on the program.

But HHS’ latest Head Start Impact Study found taxpayers aren’t getting a good return on this “investment.”  According to the Congressionally-mandated report, Head Start has little to no impact on cognitive, social-emotional, health, or parenting practices of its participants. In fact, on a few measures, access to the program actually produced negative effects.

Go back and read that again.  It is a report that was done by HHS about Head Start.  This is not some nasty Republican plot to deprive poor children of “an education” heck, conservatives would support a program that helped educate poor kids, it’s gets them out of the welfare cycle and helps them to be productive citizens.  Since productive citizens tend to be much more conservative than those on the dole, it’s in our best interest to support successful programs.  It’s just that Head Start is a failure.  Good at babysitting, not good at “educating.”

The “problem” here is that the administration is making cuts and looking for headlines while the legacy media gleefully provides those tearful stories and Republicans in the Congress let them get away with it.

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Michael Becker is a long time activist and a businessman. He's been involved in the pro-life movement since 1976 and has been counseling addicts and ministering to prison inmates since 1980. Becker is a Curmudgeon. He has decades of experience as an operations executive in turnaround situations and in mortgage banking. He blogs regularly at The Right Curmudgeon, The Minority Report, Wizbang, Unified Patriots and Joe for America. He lives in Phoenix and is almost always armed.

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