Friday, March 01, 2013

The Armageddon that isn't

So now the terrible doom that Obama has been jetting around the country to warn against is upon us. And we're already seeing a lot of Armageddon fatigue around the country as even reporters are skeptical that the sequester cuts aren't as doomtastic as Obama has been claiming.

Perhaps people will realize that the Republicans aren't the ones to blame for this current end-of-the world budgetary catastrophe. As Charles Krauthammer writes today the Democrats could clearly have avoided the doom that Obama has been warning us about.
After all, the sequester is just one-half of 1 percent of GDP. It amounts to 1.4 cents on the dollar of nondefense spending, 2 cents overall.

Because of this year’s payroll tax increase, millions of American workers have had to tighten their belts by precisely 2 percent. They found a way. Washington, spending $3.8 trillion, cannot? If so, we might as well declare bankruptcy now and save the attorneys’ fees.

The problem with sequestration, of course, is that the cuts are across the board and do not allow money to move between accounts. It’s dumb because it doesn’t discriminate.

Fine. Then change the law. That’s why we have a Congress. Discriminate. Prioritize. That’s why we have budgets. Except that the Democratic Senate hasn’t passed one in four years. And the White House, which proposed the sequester in the first place, had 18 months to establish rational priorities among accounts — and did nothing.

When the GOP House passed an alternative that cut where the real money is — entitlement spending — President Obama threatened a veto. Meaning, he would have insisted that the sequester go into effect — the very same sequester he now tells us will bring on Armageddon.

Good grief. The entire sequester would have reduced last year’s deficit from $1.33 trillion to $1.24 trillion. A fraction of a fraction. Nonetheless, insists Obama, such a cut is intolerable. It has to be “balanced” — i.e., largely replaced — by yet more taxes.
The Wall Street Journal points out how ridiculous the President's position is as he rejects being given the authority to fine-tune the required budget cuts.
But in any case House Republicans are offering to give Mr. Obama even more flexibility, yet the President won't take yes for an answer.

Mull that one over: The President wants to deny himself and his executive branch the authority to do less harm. Don't stop me before I kill again.
Why wouldn't he want that authority? It can only be because he refuses to have any budget cuts whatsoever in case the public realizes that there is plenty of fat to cut from the budget. Or if the public realizes that the real problem is with the mandatory spending part of the budget, not discretionary half. And Obama maintains his real goal - to raise taxes without any responsible adjustment of the budget at all.

16 comments:

mark said...

Strange that in an effort to prove Obama is exaggerating the effects of sequestration, conservatives are exaggerating what Obama is saying about sequestration. Armageddon? "Doomtastic"? Any quotes to support that?
Lying to prove that someone is lying. Makes perfect sense.

Last, First, MI said...

Mark,

“We don’t need to be having something like sequestration that’s going to cause these jobs losses, over 170 million jobs that could be lost.”

~ Maxine Waters

Her particular genius is rewarded with membership as the ranking Dem on the Financial Services Committee as well as, no surprise, the Congressional Progressive Caucus!

mark said...

equitus,
You're confusing identities again. Maxine Waters is not Obama.
Again, a simple truth: Anyone who says Obama has compared sequestration to Armageddon or doom is as guilty of hyperbole/exaggeration/lying as he is. Lying to "prove" that somebody is lying makes as much sense as Maxine Water's statement. BTW: Waters claims she misspoke. I kinda doubt it. She just doesn't seem very intelligent.

BTW(2): Given that you called supporters of any gun control measures "fascists", you really shouldn't be the one to call out people for stupid statements. Given that you have been caught telling a string of lies about creating a new identity, you shouldn't be the one call out people for dishonesty.

Last, First, MI said...

Mark,

Considering that you cannot seem to peel yourself free from this bizarre delusion that I'm Equitus, I'm not sure how you expect anyone to accept your view that Obama has not been exaggerating the consequences of Sequestration, an Obama designed and advocated plan.

Over the last couple of weeks he's flown over 2,000 miles in his carbon spewing 747, like he's Al Gore or something, just to tell the rubes that first responders, teachers, and ship yard workers will be laid off. He has literally told us that the cuts will be like choosing not to help the poor kid or the disabled kid. We've heard from his toadies that shelters will close, public services will be cut back, people will lose their jobs, meat inspectors will stop doing their work, TSA inspectors will stop groping grandmas and small children (I expect Dem Sen Menendez will volunteer to take up the slack here), and he has convinced the Navy to stop a planned carrier deployment and ICE to release thousands of incarcerated illegal aliens. That kind of hysteria is enough to send even the smartest Dem financial wizard, Maxine Waters, into a panic.

If anything, he should admit that this is his plan and that people should remain calm but he has run from it like a scalded dog. Actually, since Obama has eaten scalded dog, I should pick a better metaphor, one less stringy and tough. Maybe chicken. Yeah, that's it. Like an Al Gore or Chicken Little, he's running around at the cost of $180K/flight hour screaming that his own plan, no less, will cause air traffic control to be cut back! Unless of course he has to fly to Florida again for another round of golf with the Tiger.

Last, First, MI said...

One more thing, Mark:

I've not engaged you on the Second Amendment in any detail but since you are a confirmed Biden fan boy, let me know when you want to go there. Just saying since you usually run off topic when cornered and you've got nothing going in this thread.

mark said...

equitus,
Obama DID exaggerate the effects of sequestration. And then Krauthammer and other conservatives exaggerated his words in an effort to call him out on it. That's the absurdity.
It's not a "bizarre delusion" to say you are lying about "lfm". Your own words prove it. Even your pathetic claim that you lifted (plagiarized) "lfm's" words (and preceded them with "answer my question") would expose a lie. Obviously, you prefer that to the dozens of lies you have told. That's why I suggested you stop digging last week.
As far as Menendez, you continue to embarrass yourself (and other conservatives) with your idiotic comments. I've taken the only reasonable position, saying that if he did the things for which he's being accused, he should be punished to the maximum extent. Don't conservatives believe in due process? Please present the evidence that has led you to say he should be in prison right now. Please continue making a mockery of the Constitution and republicans with your moronic drivel.

Last, First, MI said...

Mark,

For a leftist toady that cannot wait to pronounce "guilt" without benefit of trial, it's refreshing to hear you change your tune. If you're going to be hypocritical, it's nice that your attempting to do it from the right side for once. As for jail or prison - who has said that? You're an idiot for suggesting it but you're a leftist toady for not demanding that Menendez be removed from his duties as head of the Senate Panel on Foreign Relations. Find a quote from me about Menendez' immediate disposition that is any different from that. What you will find is Harry Reid's endorsement of Menendez and crickets from every other left wing pervert supporting Dem in the Congress.

Obama LIES about the authorship of a stupid plan like Sequestration and then, by your own admittance, DISTORTS and EXAGGERATES the impact and you take issue only with Krauthammer?! The big problem for you is that a conservative would disagree with both the policy and ham-fisted attempt to sell it with fear, and you're panties are in a wad about Krauthammer? You must be an idiot! Or maybe you're just delusional. Could be both. Probably.

Shouldn't you be checking under the bed for Equitus? Maybe he's watching you from afar. Yikes!

mark said...

Is anybody really so naive as to think that politicians (of both sides) don't exaggerate, lie and play politics?
Even the Supreme Court Justice has been caught lying and playing politics:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/02/john-roberts-voting-rights-act_n_2797127.html

What's particularly pathetic is when someone has been caught red-handed in a lie and continues to insist that the accuser is "delusional".

Last, First, MI said...

Mark,

You are what you are and you never stop running from the topic - to avoid the debate you've switch to some Huffinpuff post. Can't tackle the indefensible - run to another talking point.

The point is simple: Obama's Sequester is a disaster, he's tried to blame it on others by lying, he's had his minions attack Bob Woodward for calling the lie for what it is, he's spent a lot of tax payer money trying to sell it with fear through deliberate distortions but of course Krauthammer is the bad guy for you. Brilliant!

mark said...

equitus,
The "talking point" has been lies and exaggerations. It's not off-topic discuss the honesty (or lack of) from the highest of the highs (Obama) to the lowest of the lows (you). Don't feel too bad, you get double-counted because of lfm.

Last, First, MI said...

Mark,

Who could possibly be higher than you?

No complaints from you about Obama lying his way from start to present with Sequestration? No problem with him ducking out on Benghazi? No problem with Fast & Furious and the many bodies piled up over that? No problem with a Dem Senate that will not vote on a budget for four, freaking years?

Yeah, it's Krauthammer alright. Yeah, that's the problem with this country. Moron!

equitus said...

This has been really fun playing sock-puppet mark, but also kind of exhausting. It's no small feat to duck and dodge issues from LFM while at the same time indulging in paranoid fantasies.

And how about that part where I blamed Krauthammer for Obama's lying. Was that brilliant of me or not?

Last, First, MI said...

Equitus,

There are two "u's" in "Equitus". Coincidence or conspiracy? Only Mark can tell us (you, me, and anyone else unfortunate to read his scrawls) what is true because as a leftist toady, he has only to hear it from the "highest high", whatever that means, but rest assured, it will be his truth.

Sadly it sounds as if he prefers to have someone else tell him what to think and what to do.

mark said...

equitus,

Do you think anyone is buying your idiocy. You were caught lying and you're bitter. Understandable.

equitus said...

mark

Have you ever heard of Occam's Razor?

Don't answer. It's a rhetorical question.

Last, First, MI said...

Mark,

One of the side effects of marijuana can be paranoia. Is double vision another one? Just asking.