Obama Punished Rural Schools to Increase Sequester Pain

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This is a good deal worse than a bridge, but it won’t get one of those trendy ‘gate’ names because it’s not a one time event, this is just how Obama and his people do things. And the media that lies about it for them approves.

A House Natural Resources Committee investigation has found that President Obama’s Office of Management and Budget ordered that sequestration cuts be applied retroactively to funding for rural schools over the opposition of the Agriculture Department.

The committee’s report released today, “A Less Secure Future for Rural Schools: An Investigation into the Obama Administration’s Questionable Application of the Sequester to the Secure Rural Schools Program,” detailed how last February the USDA had determined 2013 sequestration wouldn’t apply to 2012 funds that had already been distributed in the program. The White House stepped in and overruled the USDA, though both agencies haven’t turned over numerous subpoenaed documents that could reveal more behind the decision.

The program dates back to a 2000 bill, which was extended in July 2012 for that fiscal year. The $323 million in funds were doled out to 41 states by the USDA in January 2013. But two months later, after sequestration went into effect, the Obama administration announced it wanted $17.9 million back — prompting bipartisan backlash from governors and congressional representatives of the affected states.

It’s a rather bizarre story even by the standards of this administration.

19 states weren’t able to give back the funds as requested under sequestration, with half a dozen in the administrative appeals process. They could get docked for “outstanding debt” in the distribution of fiscal year 2014 funds.

Obama clawed back 2012 funding that had already been distributed, that his own agriculture department opposed redistributing, but which he nonetheless tried redistributing anyway.

  • glpage

    Rural communities, probably conservative folks, so, stick it to them. The man is nothing more than an immature, spoiled brat.

    • nomoretraitors

      He’s much more — an agent of the movement to bring down America

  • A Z

    Liberals are into retroactive taxation and redistribution.

    I California they passed a retroactive tax bill. Clinton retroactive collect taxes also. The linked Chicago Tribune article says it happened under Reagan also. that may be, but who had control of congress. I believe it was the Democrats. They only need house or the Senate to be in control given the MSM.

    Liberals are retroactively go back a few months up to 1 year Now Obama is going further.

    No deal with a Liberal Democrat is worth no more than the paper it is printed on.

    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1993-08-06/news/9308060132_1_tax-bill-upper-income-people-income-tax

    http://www.businessweek.com/stories/1993-08-29/clintons-budget-isnt-just-bad-its-unconstitutional

  • truebearing

    Yea, those rural schools are mostly white kids. Punish the white kids, in accordance with Obama’s War on Whites.

    I’m betting that inner city schools, if you can call them that, didn’t lose a dime.

    Whites better wake up. Obama is not only extracting reparations, he is inflicting retributive, redistributive, reparational justice (ie.revenge) on whites who, though they never had any slaves, have unforgiveably outperformed blacks academically, financially, and in every other category but wanton violence. Worse yet, they are mostly Christian and conservative, not Muslim or Marxist. Maybe we should call it Democratic Dhimmitude.

    • DennisMets

      whites will never be safe around blacks, look at the knock out games and how the black leaders program their follows to hate whites and jews. how sad that some buy into bummer being a christian. they are openly at war with whites and their knock out games prove this, you do not see the black leaders calling for blacks to curb violence but they keep preaching hate for whites. How do you think black kids are goona grow up hearing nothing but negativity about whites and how blacks are getting screwed when they have affirmative action and blacks will give other blacks every benefit in the book whether they qualify or not

  • DennisMets

    rural communities which is primarily white, another way bummer can screw the hated whites and yes bummer wants this to be a black muslim nation

  • DennisMets

    but this idiot will give the Muslims 195 million to party while taking from the veterans and rural tax payers, this man is out to turn the states into a haven for muslims

  • timpottorff

    The Manchurian President strikes again.

  • CowboyUp

    I can see why obama and Christie get along so well.

  • Yitzchak

    Dirty politics from a real loser…