I have said before I never cease to be amazed at how President Obama is able to manipulate any given political situation to his favor. Let me rephrase that by saying I stand in awe at his willingness to lie about his record and to place the blame for all things Washington on his political opponents. The latest of these lies came yesterday at the White House. Remember the sequester? That’s the plan that includes automatic, across-the-board spending cuts. Domestic and defense programs are under the knife and President Obama has raised all kinds of cane, claiming they are bad for the economy and that the Republicans simply refuse to listen to reason. That’s what he is saying, but the truth is anything but what he is saying. Here is some of what he had to say. Hat tip to Mike’s America for the quote.
(White House) Emergency responders like the ones who are here today — their ability to help communities respond to and recover from disasters will be degraded. Border Patrol agents will see their hours reduced. FBI agents will be furloughed. Federal prosecutors will have to close cases and let criminals go. Air traffic controllers and airport security will see cutbacks, which means more delays at airports across the country. Thousands of teachers and educators will be laid off. Tens of thousands of parents will have to scramble to find childcare for their kids. Hundreds of thousands of Americans will lose access to primary care and preventive care like flu vaccinations and cancer screenings.
The audacity of the man is astounding. I watched a video of his remarks and I have never seen anyone, politician or not, lie so much in one sentence and do it so easily. If you listen to what he has to say, you would think the sequester will slash all kinds of money from all kinds of programs. It makes you wonder when the sky will fall, if the sequester takes affect. It is hyperbole, at best, but at its worst, it is nothing but a bunch of lies. The next time you hear someone call Obama the Liar-in-Chief, rest assured that he deserves the name.
What is the truth of the matter? The sequester will cut no real money from any budget of any government program or agency. What it will do is cut the amount of growth that is automatically calculated into the budget of any government entity. The sequester will not cut government spending, but rather it will cut the increases in that spending. It reminds me of how the Democrats demonized President George W. Bush for cutting a health insurance program for children. In actuality, all Bush wanted to do is cut the rate of growth, but the Democrats portrayed him as trying to kick children off the program because of his “cuts”. The same thing is happening here, with the same effect. The media is playing it up for all its worth and all we can hear from the President and his lackeys is more of the same “we need a balanced approach” rhetoric.
What President Obama fails to mention in his rhetoric-filled, scare-tactic speeches is that the sequester was his idea in the first place. He was the one who proposed the idea in 2011. Even CNN couldn’t ignore that glaring omission from Obama’s speech.
WOLF BLITZER: Explain why, if this is such a horrible idea – these forced spending cuts – why did the White House come up with this plan in 2011 to begin with?
GLORIA BORGER: The President kept calling this a manufactured crisis. Well, “in fact, was manufactured right here in Washington by the President of the United States.
How most of the media and many Americans can ignore that one simple fact completely escapes my comprehension. Why is Barack Obama given such a pass when it is so completely obvious he lying through his teeth? When will America hold Barack Obama responsible for his lies? Given the fact that he was reelected for a second term, I am not optimistic that responsibility will ever rest on his shoulders. He will surely find someone else to blame for his failures and the lies he has perpetrated to cover those failures up. Obama may get a pass for the time being, but I doubt the history books will be as kind to America’s first black President. His incompetence will be on display for all to see and all the speeches in the world will not be able to hide the truth.