But despite the total lack of anything surprising in what's being cut by sequestration, to the Republican border paranoia crowd, it's time for OUTRAGE:
[Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's] spokesman, Matthew Benson, said the Border Patrol reductions would be “outrageous” and could put Arizonans at risk.The United States has a lot of problems. High unemployment and poor job creation, crumbling bridges, schools in desperate need of repair, a shredded safety net. Republicans have no problem making all those things worse and worse—hell, that's the whole idea of Republican governance. But deal the same treatment to the border patrol and ZOMG, it cannot be tolerated. Except that it will be tolerated, because as we see here, Republicans who are upset about it are just claiming it's all the president's fault, as if their party has nothing to do with anything.
“The White House approach to sequestration seems to be to create as much pain and public panic as possible,” Benson said in a telephone interview. “Any cut that impacts public safety should be a last resort.”
Joe Arpaio, elected to his sixth term as sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona’s largest, as he faced a federal civil- rights lawsuit over immigration-related arrests, criticized the planned reduction.
“You shouldn’t take away resources when you still have a problem,” Arpaio, 80, said yesterday in an interview. “It doesn’t make sense.”