This silliness with the sequester is yet one more reminder that twice now we’ve elected someone who was never ready to be president. All President Obama has ever been capable of doing is delivering a speech, and as long as he has a media in love with him, that’s all he’ll continue to do.
Let’s remember how we got here — Obama’s team came up with the idea of the sequester in 2011 so that they could get the debt ceiling raised. Congress, eager to go along, passed it into law, triggering $1.2 trillion in automatic budget cuts to defense and non-defense discretionary spending over 10 years. After the failure of the “super committee” and a three month delay, the cuts are due to take effect March 1. Either the President lied when he initially proposed the sequester, knowing he never intended these cuts to come to fruition, or it was simply a cheap political stunt to get his debt ceiling raised. Either way, Congress willingly went along, figuring the cuts would probably never ever take place.
In November 2011, regarding the sequester, President Obama said, “I will veto any effort to get rid of these automatic spending cuts to domestic and defense spending. There will be no easy off ramps on this one.” So how do we reconcile that statement with what he is saying now when he says the sequester would be a disaster to our country and our economy? We don’t, because nobody among his media lovers will ask him about it.
It’s sad to watch. President Obama has made a career out of reading speeches and with the sequester now less than 10 days away, he and his teleprompter will see overtime action. The Republicans in Congress so far are brilliantly matching his speechifying with silence. They may not like the sequester either, as some of the cuts to defense may make them uncomfortable, but they understand that in a $3.6 trillion budget, $85 billion in cuts this year won’t destroy the country. They understand it may not be the most efficient way for DC to cut spending but at least, at long last, we are actually cutting spending. They understand that what will destroy this country is our $16 plus trillion debt. And most poignantly, they understand that President Obama can speak all he wants on this issue but at the end of the day, like the little boy who cried wolf, all his words and all his campaigning can’t get him out of this mess he created.
The cuts will go into effect March 1. Stay silent Congress and govern. When President Obama next appears on TV with another federal worker who will lose his job because of the sequester, just press the mute button.