President Obama is like a broken record. He repeats the same things over and over again. In his weekly address this week he again threatened children, the elderly and everyone who eats food, and then blamed Republicans, even though the sequestration was his idea. It’s amazing that anyone takes him seriously anymore.
If the sequester is allowed to go forward, thousands of Americans who work in fields like national security, education or clean energy are likely to be laid off.Firefighters and food inspectors could also find themselves out of work – leaving our communities vulnerable. Programs like Head Start would be cut, and lifesaving research into diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s could be scaled back. Small businesses could be prevented from getting the resources and support they need to keep their doors open. People with disabilities who are waiting for their benefits could be forced to wait even longer. All our economic progress could be put at risk.
And then there’s the impact on our military readiness. Already, the threat of deep cuts has forced the Navy to delay an aircraft carrier that was supposed to deploy to the Persian Gulf. As our military leaders have made clear, changes like this affect our ability to respond to threats in an unstable part of the world. And we will be forced to make even more tough decisions in the weeks ahead if Congress fails to act.
The good news is, there’s another option. Two months ago, we faced a similar deadline, and instead of making deep, indiscriminate cuts that would have cost us jobs and slowed down our recovery, Democrats and Republicans came together and made responsible cuts and manageable changes to our tax code that will bring down our deficit. This time, Congress should pass a similar set of balanced cuts and close more tax loopholes until they can find a way to replace the sequester with a smarter, longer-term solution.
In his speech at the National Prayer Breakfast, Dr. Benjamin Carson talked about how so many politicians are lawyers by trade. He said the job of lawyers is to fight and not to solve problems. That describes our president to a T. He doesn’t want to work with anyone to bring about solutions, he just wants to fight and win. But with him, it’s even worse than that, because every time he wins, we the American people lose. Paul Krugman, of all people, spelled out for us what will happen if they fail to solve the debt and spending crisis – higher taxes and death panels. Unfortunately, with four more years of this ahead of us it’s hard to imagine how the damage will be undone in time to avoid the inevitable result of these rotten progressive policies.
Update: While he’s been busy trying to scare people about all of these frightening budget cuts, he also proposed increasing the pay of federal workers. Shocking, I know.
Update: Linked by Expose the Media – thanks!