It is an article of faith amongst the wingnutosphere that the evul fedrul guvmint is mostly a waste of money and doesn’t do anything productive (except, natch, for blowing people up in far away places with strange sounding names). Therefore, budgets can be cut ruthlessly and heedlessly, because all that spending is for nothing (except, natch, &c.)
Then, when they discover that the evul fedrul guvmint does do real things that affect real people, and that those heedless, ruthless budget cuts might affect stuff that they care about, they make a sound similar to that of stuck pigs.
With hurricane season approaching and the devastating Oklahoma tornado only days past, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is considering mandatory furloughs for all employees, including weather forecasters.
The proposal has produced sharp reaction from meteorologists and an elected official.
“The severe weather events in Oklahoma this week have further convinced me that we should not take any chance that avoidable furloughs might result in a degradation of weather prediction and forecasting services,” Rep. Frank R. Wolf, R-Va., wrote in a letter Wednesday to the Department of Commerce, which oversees NOAA.