Utah governor Gary Herbert is not amused. In fact, he’s pretty pissed off at the mindless Frankenstein of the March 1 sequestration that will result in robo-cutting federal programs across the country. He estimates that Utah will lose $550 million in federal funding abruptly.
“Utah’s fundamentals are strong, as evidenced by continued state economic growth. Unemployment is down, wages are up and the local economy is growing, but nevertheless Washington, D.C., is having a chilling effect on our state’s recovery. We would be seeing even greater growth were it not for the backdrop of federal uncertainty and a fragile national economic recovery. Governor Gary Herbert’s Blog, Feb 25
This is a clear indication that nobody out there, regardless of party, in charge of running a state, county, or city government sides with the Tea Party extremists in their effort to fix everything right now – i.e., sequestration. Just imagine the phone calls from all of these officials, especially the Republicans. This may equal the call intensity from citizens in opposition to the first bailout (which was defeated).
Is this the end of the Tea Party? Sooner or later, it has to be. If sequestration passes, they’re finished. If it fails, the Tea Party has shown just how extreme they are.
For those who say that sequestration is not the issue, my response is simple. It is right now. The weak recovery will become a downturn that may get out of control, at worst. The best outcome is a six month or so stall in the tepid, barely noticeable recovery. Nice work Tea Party and the corporate sponsors of Freedomworks.com, who spawned this political nightmare of zealots.