Obama Promises Great Pain Unless His Budget Is Passed



Everyone’s talking about the White House Correspondent’s Dinner, which I hear was pretty boring, and the sweet swag bags handed out to the guests. President Obama’s weekly address promising more pain for Americans if his budget doesn’t pass isn’t getting as much attention.

First, Obama exploited the sequester’s effect on children, the elderly, and airline travelers:

“Because of these reckless cuts, there are parents whose kids just got kicked out of Head Start programs scrambling for a solution.  There are seniors who depend on programs like Meals on Wheels to live independently looking for help.  There are military communities – families that have already sacrificed enough – coping under new strains.  All because of these cuts.”

“This week, the sequester hurt travelers, who were stuck for hours in airports and on planes, and rightly frustrated by it.”

And, there’s more pain on the horizon, Obama warned: “These cuts are scheduled to keep falling across other parts of the government that provide vital services for the American people.”

Then, Obama declared that the only way to avoid more sequester pain is to pass his budget:

“There is only one way to truly fix the sequester: by replacing it before it causes further damage. (Read More)

This is getting so old. Does he actually believe the American people think the federal government can’t cut a measly 2% from its budget? Thomas Lifson doesn’t think so.

Apparently the president doesn’t get it. The public has wised up in sufficient numbers that they blame him, not the mean old GOP, when the pain he gins up in response is felt. The old generic Democrat strategy of closing fire stations or White House tours or threatening Big Bird whenever spending doesn’t rise fast enough to suit them has stopped working for him.

The Democrats in Congress know it. They folded on Sequester this week, when they hurried to move funds around allowing other spending to be cut at the FAA, instead of inflicting maximum pain by cutting Atlanta, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles air traffic controllers. People certainly noticed that. It squandered the time of a generally affluent flying public, and cost airlines untold millions of dollars. But instead of demanding the Republicans in Congress raise taxes, they complained about Obama and the Democrats refusing to cut fat instead. …

So we have a president who is the captive of his delusions, pushing on a string, who is still going to punish the American people if he doesn’t get his way on spending, when the public knows that there are plenty of other cuts that could be made instead. (Read More)

This president doesn’t govern – he agitates. That’s all he knows.