The GOP congressman who destroyed Obama’s sequester scare story

Posted by on Mar 12, 2013 at 6:34 pm

“I just found it remarkable that under the president’s cuts they could vaccinate everyone, but under the cuts blamed on Republicans they couldn’t,” Harris said in an interview Tuesday.  “When they want to do with less, they can find a way.  But when they don’t want to find a way to do with less, they claim they can’t do things in a budget-restricted environment.”

Harris has sent the CDC a list of follow-up questions.  But he believes the Centers never really intended to deny children vaccinations — only to try to scare Congress into ending sequestration.  “They’ve been caught with their hand in the cookie jar,” Harris said.  “I suspect that they would have vaccinated everybody normally.  I think there is going to be no decrease in childhood vaccinations from the sequester.”

In the end, though, the vaccination episode is one of the most revealing of the whole sequestration fight.  Is this how the Obama administration has operated from agency to agency, across the whole government? “There is a part of me that wishes this weren’t just the tip of the iceberg, but I think it is,” said Harris.  “I think this is just one case where they got caught embellishing the effects of sequestration.”

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