Wile E. Obama, CEO of the ACME Economic Destruction Co. is busy telling anyone who will listen that the budget cuts automatically enforced by sequestration will be a disaster. Cutting 2.2 percent of our enormous federal budget will precipitate disasters on many fronts, and -of course- it’s the Republican’s fault. Charles Krauthammer examines how the inside-the-beltway crowd wants the benighted masses to think about it. Thanks to increases in the payroll tax, we all get to tighten our belts this year, but the government – there’s no way it can survive these cuts.
I love the info Mr. Krauthammer includes about the GAO’s report on the amount of waste and overlap in government programs, and then explains how Washington couches the argument about sequester cuts: they’ll cause all the important services to be compromised, like air traffic controllers and meat inspectors. They want us to believe that people are going to DIE if these cuts go through.
“The worst-case scenario for us,” a leading anti-budget-cuts lobbyist told The Post, “is the sequester hits and nothing bad really happens.”
Think about that. Worst case? That a government drowning in debt should cut back by 2.2 percent — and the country survives. That a government now borrowing 35 cents of every dollar it spends reduces that borrowing by two cents “and nothing bad really happens.” Oh, the humanity!
A normal citizen might think this a good thing. For reactionary liberalism, however, whatever sum our ever-inflating government happens to spend today (now double what Bill Clinton spent in his last year) is the Platonic ideal — the reduction of which, however minuscule, is a national calamity.
Or damn well should be. Otherwise, people might get the idea that we can shrink government and live on.
Hence the president’s message. If the “sequestration” — automatic spending cuts — goes into effect, the skies will fall. Plane travel jeopardized, carrier groups beached, teachers furloughed. And a shortage of junk-touching TSA agents.
The Obama administration has every incentive to make the sky fall, lest we suffer that terrible calamity — cuts the nation survives. Are they threatening to pare back consultants, conferences, travel and other nonessential fluff? Hardly. It shall be air-traffic control. Meat inspection. Weather forecasting.
A 2011 Government Accountability Office report gave a sampling of the vastness of what could be cut, consolidated and rationalized in Washington: 44 overlapping job training programs, 18 for nutrition assistance, 82 (!) on teacher quality, 56 dealing with financial literacy, more than 20 for homelessness, etc. Total annual cost: $100 billion-$200 billion, about two to five times the entire domestic sequester.
Are these on the chopping block? No sir. It’s firemen first.
Read the rest: Charles Krauthammer: Hail Armageddon – The Washington Post.