USGS Says Red River Flood Monitoring Threatened By Sequester

“I went to check the level for the Red River and low and behold, sequestration has struck again,” a Fargo-area reader emailed me this morning.

Sure enough, here’s the “threatened gage” warning on the USGS website:

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Just so we’re clear, the sequester spending reductions are tiny, and aren’t even real spending cuts but merely reductions in the growth of federal spending:

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Just more “make it hurt” politics. The idea that we have to cut back on flood monitoring as a result in reductions in the growth of government spending is absurd.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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