Government is disfunctional
Published: Thursday, February 28th, 2013
Here we go again. Another round of fiscal crisis non-management by the president and members of Congress.
The so-called sequestration across-the-board spending cuts totaling $85 billion in federal spending are supposed to kick in Friday, March 1. Naturally, there has been a lot of talk about these budget cuts for over a year when the Obama administration first proposed them. True to form, the president is acting like this is somebody else’s problem again. He blames members of Congress for not coming up with a solution, while offering none himself, except for more taxes on the wealthy.
Obama says sequestration was a Republican idea, but there is plenty of evidence to the contrary. Bob Woodward, an associate editor of the Washington Post and Pulitizer Prize winning author, pinpoints the exact date and time when the president approved the plan for then budget director Jack Lew and White House congressional relations chief Rob Nabors to propose sequestration to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. It was at 2:30 p.m. July 27, 2011, according to interviews with two senior White House aides who were directly involved, according to Woodward.
Obama and his minions are out on the campaign trail once again blaming Republicans for proposing the idea of sequestration and for failing to come up wth any solutions. The solution seems to be to let the cuts take effect and to reduce bloated federal government overspending. Obama used a background of first responders in a recent speech railing on the Republicans for their lack of cooperation in all this. The president claimed that many teachers, firefighters and police would have to be laid off because of sequestration.
This is all rather disingenuous on the part of the president. He knows that the above-mentioned vocations are funded primarily with local tax dollars, not federal funds. Once again, he is attempting to scare the American public into more government spending. Who among us cannot believe the federal government can cut 2.5 percent of an already increased spending plan over the previous year?
Taking a little bit of a bite out of the hundreds of federal government agencies would seem to be a good start in reducing our massive $16.5 trillion national deficit. We don’t see how such a spending reduction plan is such a bad idea. Nor do we understand the lack of commitment by our elected officials and the president to get serious about reducing government spending and debt. All they ever do is talk about how something needs to be done, but nothing ever is. Where is the leadership?
Let’s face it. We have conflicting objectives in Congress and the White House today. It’s all about politics and posturing to make the other guys look bad, instead of working together to start taking a bite out of the elephant in the room—namely the burgeoning national debt. We are not only facing a serious fiscal problem, but a national security one at the same time due to the rising and seemingly insurmountable national debt.
It makes matters worse that we have a dysfunctional government that is operating in a constant state of crisis.
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