I think this sequester thing is pretty much a joke.
That’s the law that puts  into place automatic spending cuts if Congress can’t come up there own.
It’s a joke for a couple of reasons.
First of all, it’s less than  3 percent of the budget. To be sure, $85 billion – that’s the amount to be cut – is a lot of money. But when you’re talking about a $3.7 trillion dollar budget, it shrinks.
To put it in terms the average person can understand, let’s say your annual budget for food is $3,700. You would have to cut $85 from that. Could you pull that off without a lot of fanfare? Of course you could.
In fact, you already did just that when the payroll tax went up at the beginning of the year. All across this great land, most people’s paychecks shrank by just about that amount.
So, apparently, it’s OK for all us peons to tighten up our budgets, but it’s a catastrophic tragedy when it happens to the government.
Our intrepid leaders in Washington are telling us about all these dire consequences. They’re going to have to lay off meat inspectors and air traffic controllers and blah, blah, blah.
That’s nonsense. They don’t have to lay off those people. Are they saying they have no options? They can’t lay off somebody else? Of course they can.
Remember during those government shutdowns when they told all “non-essential” government employees to stay home?
Lay off those people.
After all, they’re “non-essential.”
It’s also a joke because it was advisers in the White House who originally cooked up the idea of the “sequester.” They made the cuts fall more heavily on the defense department as a way to strongarm Republicans into accepting a bunch of tax hikes.
The logic there was no way Republicans would allow those “draconian” cuts to go through.
Well, President Obama got $600 billion in tax hikes a couple of months ago, but that, apparently wasn’t good enough.
Now that Republicans are calling his bluff and the whole sequester strategy is backfiring, Obama is blaming Republicans for everything.
And it’s working masterfully. Pretty much the whole country now trusts Obama and blames Republicans.
But that’s not shocking because Obama pretty much never gets held to account for anything he says.
Remember when George Bush (the older one) said, “Read my lips. No new taxes”?
Yeah, then he raised taxes.
And the media was relentless, reminding us again and again of that pledge and pointing out that he had reneged on it.
Well, here’s what Obama said:
• “I can make a firm pledge, under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.”
Or:
• “But let me perfectly clear, because I know you’ll hear the same old claims that rolling back these tax breaks means a massive tax increase on the American people: If your family earns less than $250,000 a year, you will not see your taxes increased a single dime. I repeat: not one single dime.”
Perhaps a bit more articulate than, “Read my lips,” but the message is clear.
But then the payroll tax went up. Remember when your check got smaller earlier this year? Oddly – or not so oddly – I don’t hear anybody repeatedly pointing this out.
It’s not just taxes, either. Obama says all manner of stuff that likely would fall under serious scrutiny if it was said by anyone else – especially a Republican.
Things like:
(Many thanks to brainyquote.com)
• “This is the most transparent administration in history.”
• “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your healthcare plan. Period.”
• “We will cut the deficit in half by the end of my first term in office.”
• “Nothing we are proposing should increase our deficit by one single dime. Not one dime.”
• “I will cut taxes – cut taxes – for 95 percent of all working families, because, in an economy like this, the last thing we should do is raise taxes on the middle class.”
• “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I, therefore, intend to oppose the effort to increase America's debt.”
• “The thing about hip-hop today is it's smart, it's insightful. The way they can communicate a complex message in a very short space is remarkable.”
• “And we can see the positive impacts right here at Solyndra. Less than a year ago, we were standing on what was an empty lot. But through the Recovery Act, this company received a loan to expand its operations. This new factory is the result of those loans. Here at this site, Solyndra expects to make enough solar panels each year to generate 500 megawatts of electricity. And over the lifetime of this expanded facility, that could be like replacing as many as eight coal-fired power plants.”
• “I think when you spread the wealth around it's good for everybody.”
• “We need earmark reform, and when I'm President, I will go line by line to make sure that we are not spending money unwisely
• “To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structural feminists and punk-rock performance poets.”
• “The last thing you want to do is raise taxes in the middle of the recession because that would just suck up and take more demand out of the economy and put businesses in a further hole.”
• “I've been fighting with Acorn, alongside Acorn, on issues you care about, my entire career. We want everybody to act like adults, quit playing games, realize that it's not just my way or the highway.”
• “I would put our legislative and foreign policy accomplishments in our first two years against any president – with the possible exceptions of Johnson, FDR, and Lincoln – just in terms of what we've gotten done in modern history.”
Ah, politics. Don’t you just love it?