Instead of sitting down to work on a compromise, the President has chosen to engage in a fear-mongering PR campaign around the nation. Today, for example, he is in Virginia to push the effects on the sequester on those who rely on Pentagon contracts.
What does this strategy tell us about Barack Obama? It tells us that he is more worried about a political “win” than he is about actually solving our nation's problems, and trust me we have some big problems: 16.6 trillion problems, to be exact. Even the Politico today labels Obama's sequester strategy as “divide and conquer: He will divide, isolate and defeat Republicans using all the powers of his office and all his skills as a political campaigner.”
Others in Washington are worried about the political ramifications if the sequester actually happens. The Washington Post writes, “some White House allies worry the slow-moving sequester may fail to live up to the hype …. Emily Holubowich, a Washington health-care lobbyist who leads a coalition of 3,000 nonprofit groups fighting the cuts: 'The worst-case scenario for us is the sequester hits and nothing bad really happens. And Republicans say: See, that wasn’t so bad.'” This explains why Obama and his administration have ratcheted up the scare-mongering: They are trying to make the sequestration seem so scary that Republicans would seem carelessly foolish to let them go through. But if sequestration DOES go through and we all survive, then it is the administration that comes out looking foolish.
The one thing that Democrats and the Obama administration have on their side is the ignorance of the American people. Polling still shows that most people would blame the GOP if sequestration cuts go into effect. The real question is this: Are there more people concerned about the size and scope of our government then there are ignorant people who will blame the GOP?
Let's hope that more Americans are worried about our federal spending, unlike many Democrats and the President himself who said just yesterday that spending was not the federal government's biggest problem. Tell that to our children, whom we are literally robbing to pay for his runaway spending:
- $1 trillion deficits every year since Obama took office
- More than $6 trillion added to our nation debt, and on schedule to add more than all presidents before him combined
- Spending levels at an outrageous 24% of GDP
- A 19% growth in the federal budget since Obama took office
- Borrowing 46 cents of every dollar
Meanwhile we have:
- A Senate, which hasn't passed a budget in about 1,400 days
- Eight million fewer Americans working today than when the President took office
- Average wealth of the average American in down 22%
- Our economy shrank in the last quarter
Yet all this president can do is grandstand in front of the American people, scaring them into believing that a 2.3% cut in spending this year will be the end of American prosperity as we know. I hate to break it to him, but his borrow-and-spend strategy hasn't led to the prosperity he promised, so maybe it is time to try a different approach.
But instead, all we get is Obama's insistence on increasing taxes, though he won't call it that. Obama insists on closing loopholes and deductions on corporations that create jobs and rich people who already saw their taxes increase this year. According to Governor Jan Brewer, in a discussion with Obama yesterday over sequestration, he said that “his elections were behind him and that he was going to do what he thought was right for the country.”
Well if the President doesn't think we have a spending problem, then clearly cutting spending isn't going to be what he feels is “right” for the country. Based on Obama's history, we know that what he believes is “right” for the country is wealth redistribution and making the wealthy “pay their fair share.” Remember that what's “right” isn't about generating revenue or shrinking our debt. We learned this years ago in a conversation with Charlie Gibson over capital gains taxes. When given the facts about capital gains taxes – when they go down, revenues to the government actually increase – Obama said, “Well, Charlie, what I've said is that I would look at raising the capital gains tax for purposes of fairness.” That's the sort of “logic” we are dealing with here. We are not dealing with a president who is concerned about the size of government and our unsustainable spending habits. We are dealing with a President who wants to scare the American people into supporting his insatiable need for more taxes.
By the way, Barack Obama's paycheck is exempt from any of these sequestration cuts. How's that for shared sacrifice?