The United States government is about to go over the “fiscal cliff.”
The really sad part is that the people of the United States are going with it, but they are blindfolded.
Intentionally blindfolded by their own government.
The OMB (“o” stands for opaque) report: OMB Report Pursuant to the Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012 (P. L. 112–155), Appendix B. Preliminary Sequestrable / Exempt Classification, classifies accounts as sequestrable, exempt, etc.
One reason to be “exempt” is funds were already sequestered elsewhere in the budget. Makes sense on the face of it.
But for 487 entries out of 2126 in Appendix B, or 22.9%, are being sequestered from some unstated part of the government.
Unlike the OMB, I am willing to share an electronic version of the files: OMB-Sequestration-Data-Appendix-B.zip. Satisfy yourself if I am right or wrong.
You can make it the last time the US government puts a blindfold on the American people.