Thanks to picking up a friend way
too late last night, this post may ramble a bit here and there. But Sequestration is a circus
anyway. So here goes.
Think I was too gloomy yesterday
when I said Americans will let Obama skate on his Sequestration antics? Think again. According a Pew Poll, 31% blame Obama for the Sequestration
situation, whereas 49% blame Republicans in Congress.
Lemme get this straight. Obama proposes and insists on
Sequestration. House Republicans
pass a reasonable bill to avoid it. Obama proposes nothing but yet more taxes to avoid it. And instead of negotiating with Republicans, he’d rather travel around to demagogue and smear them (when he’s
not playing golf, of course):
. . . he didn’t open a line of communication with House Speaker John
Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell until Thursday, a week
before the spending ax hits. And when they did finally hear from Obama, the
calls were perfunctory, with no request to step up negotiations or invitations
to the White House.
That’s because Obama’s all-in on an outside strategy, doing just about
everything other than holding serious talks with Republicans. In the last two
days alone, he’s courted local TV anchors, called in a select group of White
House correspondents to talk off-the-record, chatted up black broadcasters, and
announced plans to stump next week at Virginia’s Newport News Shipyard.
BUT about half of the American
people blame Republicans.
Well, about half of the American
people are idiots now. There, I said it.
However, Guy Benson sums it up a bit more nicely than I do:
This is a great gig, if you can get it. You conceive of a bad idea,
demand that it be given the force of law, sign it into existence, and adamantly
oppose efforts to alter or undo it — then when it no longer serves your
fleeting political purposes, you drop the whole thing in the lap of your
adversaries, and most people buy it. Let’s face it: Average people don’t know
what sequestration is, what it would do, or why it even exists. If they were briefed
on the very basics, these numbers would probably shift a bit, but most
Americans have no appetite for following Washington’s endless political
brinksmanship. So what do they do when a pollster calls to ask about the latest
impending crisis? They use shortcuts. Although he’s not especially popular, the
president is viewed much more favorably than Republicans in Congress these
days. Between this reality and the supine posture of his battered-spouse media
supporters, Obama occupies the public opinion high ground in most of these
battles, even before he begins
his tendentious bullying. On broad and intuitive issues like guns and
Obamacare, his powers of persuasion are limited. But on easily-demagogueable
budget minutiae with baffling names like “sequestration,” a lot of people don’t
quite understand what’s going, nor do they really want to know. So they pick
the guy they like better.
But I would still add that the
stupidity of Americans is on the rise.
Most Americans in the 80’s were not idiots like this.
And the stupidity has infected Republicans as well. Some just
want to let the Obama regime choose where to cut spending. They think that is a smart move
politically – let Obama be blamed for the spending cuts.
Let’s see. You have a demagogue and tyrant. But to solve supposed problems, you pass an
enabling act to let him do whatever he wants. Hmm. Where have I seen that before?
O. K. maybe I am being a bit
overwrought. But to just give away the
power of the purse to Obama would be the height of irresponsibility. And God knows what it would lead to.
Why can’t Republicans simply tell
it like it is? Sequestration would
only slow the rate of increase in
spending and not by much. It is not
a crisis at all, and Obama is only trying to make it one because he is committed
to growing the size and the power of the federal government as fast as he
can. Republicans should tell Obama
“NO!” and to quit his whining when he doesn’t get his way.
But if Republicans instead cave
yet again, I may go Third Party. I
mean it. And I was a Republican
Precinct Chair for 8 years. I am
that fed up with Republicans enabling Obama and Democrats in growing the federal beast.
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