Leading by fear-mongering
(The Blaze) On Sunday, the White House continued its effort to prevent the $85 billion in automatic spending cuts known as “sequestration” from starting this Friday, releasing a dramatic state-by-state list of how they claim each state will be impacted if Congress fails to act.
It’s worth remembering that the “cut” is only to the projected increase in spending, not to what we are currently spending.
That last part surely can’t be correct: Obama’s not saying that. Most of the Legacy Media isn’t saying that. Democrats aren’t saying that. Of course, in Washington a tiny reduction in the rate of future spending is considered a draconian cut that will mean the elimination of school meals for every kid and riots in the streets (but not the kids, because they’ll be hungry to riot).
White House political director Dan Pfeiffer said on a call Sunday, according to the Hill, that the sequester is only going to happen if Republicans refuse to compromise.
He added: “Republicans are making a policy choice that these cuts are better for the economy than eliminating tax loopholes that benefit the wealthy.”
If someone is constantly insulting you, do you work with them? But, this is part of the Obama management and leadership style. We’ve seen it time and time again. However, Americans voted for fear-mongering, blamestorming, and train-loads of mule fritters over competent leadership and a way out of this economic malaise.
House Speaker John Boehner’s spokesman Michael Steel said in a statement: “Republicans in the House have voted – twice – to replace President Obama’s sequester with smarter spending cuts. The White House needs to spend less time explaining to the press how bad the sequester will be and more time actually working to stop it.”
It’s a nice statement, but perhaps it’s time for Republicans like Boehner to stop being pleasant and go for the jugular.
The article has a list (that comes from the Wall Street Journal) of all the world ending tiny reductions in spending growth that are completely over the top. Shock face.