President Obama’s remarks at a White House press conference Wednesday were riddled with false choices and phony equivalence. These are the same scare tactics Democrats have been using all year in response to every legitimate effort to reign in federal spending. For example: “We can’t get to the $4 trillion in savings that we need by just cutting the 12 percent of the budget that pays for things like medical research and education funding and food inspectors and the National Weather Service.”
Ah yes, the National Weather Service, an agency that consumes roughly $1 billion in taxpayer funds every year. Obviously, every penny of that goes toward essential programs, right? Here’s a few examples of the kinds of programs you have been paying for at the NWS:
In addition, the Obama administration has abandoned its effort to cuts costs and streamline the NWS by closing and consolidating facilities, an action hailed as a victory by the union representing NWS workers.
So just be thankful that the president is looking out for your interests.