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Are we being subject to emotional and financial blackmail by public officials ?
Currently in the USA, there is a great debate about a recently passed law which will cut a small percentage from the Federal Budget for next year's expenses. Next year's budget is higher then this years, so the proposed cut is in the increase.
There has been a great hue and cry by the Federal Administration, that this law will seriously hamper many functions that the Federal Government provides, such as food safety, children's health and welfare, transportation, etc. They want the cut removed or else.
In our state, the public schools with huge budgets are demanding even more in eductions funds or else the children will not be well educated.
Of course, public education has fallen to levels below most of the industrialized nations.
Needless to say that these public institutions are rife with waste and mismanagement.