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InsiderOnline Blog: March 2013

Hyping the Sequester

Charles Krauthammer, on the cancellation of White House tours: “The president’s travel expenses alone for the golfing outing with Tiger Woods would pay for a year of White House visits. So I suggest that, perhaps, he curtail the travel or perhaps auction off a set of clubs and he might be able to allow those Iowa tots to come through the White House.” [Real Clear Politics, March 7]

Diana Furchtgott-Roth, writing on monetary policy, notes:The Fed spends $85 billion each month purchasing Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities. That’s the amount of the entire sequester for fiscal 2013.” [Washington Examiner, March 5]

The editors at the Wall Street Journal, on the prospect that meat inspectors will be furloughed: “[T]wo divisions of the Agriculture Department will underwrite the 26th California Small Farm Conference in Fresno next week. The event will feature USDA speakers, field trips, a banquet and a tasting reception, according to the conference website. Conference organizers promise the tasting will be a ‘mouthwatering event’ featuring ‘fine wines and exceptional micro-brews paired with seasonally driven culinary delicacies.’” [Wall Street Journal, March 5]

Posted on 03/08/13 03:04 PM by Alex Adrianson

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