Sequestration, My Aunt Petunia

Sunday, April 28, 2013
At the end of this fiscal year, as in every year past, the Hamilton County School Board will claim a need to raise property taxes because the schools will be running short of funds.

President Obama claims sequestration is causing the closing of Head Start programs and widespread "agony" on the part of financially strapped citzens. And yet, there's $1,350,868 to be had from the feds for boat docks with Chattanooga chipping in the other $8,784,870. If this much money is floating around, why does Obama claim the federal government is financially "short" blaming sequestration as the cause?

It's also a conundrum as to how Chattanooga can get $2MM in federal funds for a police range that won't be used anymore than the old one, with Chattanooga coming up with another $2MM in matching funds.
And don't forget about the hundreds of thousands of dollars it will take to clean up the original range to EPA standards (not just razing the building).

My point: I'm weary of hearing our local and national governments speak out of both sides of their mouths almost always contradicting themselves with their actions.

Am I missing something here? This is downright squanderous and beyond embarassing. And for boat docks?

David D. Fihn
Hixson

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