Scene: Family sitting around kitchen table. Dad’s hours have been reduced at the plant. The family has to do some cutting back. Dad speaks…
“Well, there is no two ways about it, we are going to have to cut back on expenses. I figure we will stop paying the electric bill and the mortgage. That should free up enough funds for us to keep renting a storage facility for my old car with the blown engine and other worthless junk. If we don’t pay the gas bill, I should be able to keep buying $9.00 a day for coffee shop coffee rather than drinking the free stuff at work. Any objections?”
This is the Obama administration’s approach to budget sequestration. Every time Obama talks about cuts, he talks about teachers and firefighters but he never talks about cuts to wool and mohair inspectors, National Endowment for the Arts, Obama-Phones or, I dunno, the entire, worthless Department of Education, useless Department of Energy or crapulent EPA. Obama goes right for the things that will really piss the American people off. For example…
If lawmakers and President Obama can’t agree on a plan to avert the $85 billion across-the-board spending cuts set to take effect March 1 — known as the sequester — then the federal background check system for vetting gun buyers could face cuts, according to a letter FBI officials sent to lawmakers earlier this month.
“Travel has the very real potential of becoming the face of the March 1 sequester cuts,” Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, said in a statement.
“These across-the-board cuts may punish travelers with flight delays, long security lines at Transportation Security Agency checkpoints and multi-hour waits to clear Customs and Border Protection.”
Dow warned of not only the inconvenience to travelers, but the economic impact to the industry.
This is absolutely, positively a conscious strategy of the administration. If they were to cut bureaucratic bloat, Americans wouldn’t object. By cutting services Americans actually care about while protecting the shadowy drones in the central bureaucracy, Obama hopes to turn the public against all cuts. It will likely work too.
His financial logic is no better than the mythical dad at the top of the page. His political logic, however, is razor sharp.