President Barack Obama wants us to know, in no uncertain terms, that the sky is falling. When it falls, he wants Americans to blame Republicans in Congress.
We shouldn’t blame sequestration on the president, he tells us, even though it was his idea. We shouldn’t blame the president, even though he received his tax increase on the “rich” and then reneged on his part of the deal — an agreement to enact meaningful spending cuts. His refusal to keep a deal will cause sequestration.
Friday is the day life as we know it will supposedly end, because President Obama can’t have his cake and eat it, too. He warns that planes might not fly on time; military readiness will come into question; Americans will lose good jobs; we won’t have teachers in schools; food will spoil for lack of inspection; and airport security will suffer.
President Obama flies around the country, at $1 million-plus per trip, as if he needs to win another election. At each stop, The Great Divider imposes more drama on the listener. It’s a pathetic effort to demonize Republicans after Obama spent years instilling in poorly informed Americans a wrongful sense that government has no limits. If only Republicans would get out of the way, Obama could care for each American from cradle to grave. Watch the wizard over here and ignore the little man behind the curtain — a reality that might just reveal a government with nothing to give that isn’t taken from hard-working Americans who struggle to get by.
Have at it, President Obama. You got your tax increase and Americans deserves a bit of fiscal restraint on the part of your administration in return. Now we are going to get it.
When Friday comes and goes, and the president’s tantrum hasn’t resulted in more taxes, the sequestration will begin.
Rest assured, the White House will spotlight the most visible and painful cuts. President Obama isn’t accustomed to losing, so he will want the American people to see how much damage Republicans have supposedly caused them. But the sky won’t fall. If the House majority holds its position, government will eventually adjust to live within its new, only slightly reduced means.
President Obama’s disastrous management of government spending has put this country into a long-term economic free fall. We cannot grow the economy when spending continues to drown taxpayers in debt and interest. Government has no magic powers. When it spends more than Americans can afford, the economy — composed of working Americans and their wages — suffers. We cannot spend our way out of debt and into prosperity.
The austerity Obama proposed with this absurd sequestration program, which automates cuts that should be made by an intelligent man elected by the public, appears the only mechanism for imposing limits on our chief executive spendthrift.
With no election right around the corner, and House members who are willing to accept political damage, ill-informed majorities can’t do the president much good. This isn’t a direct democracy in which the whimsical emotions of a majority, responding to impassioned pleas of a chief catastrophizer, will rule the day.
On Friday, it’s likely sequestration will take charge of federal spending. President Obama asked for it, and he’s going to get it.
Mr. President, you insist awful things will happen. You’re wrong about that. Awful things are looming because government won’t get real. Sequestration will change that, if only a bit. Just remember, it was your bright idea.