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GOP Must Not Cave to the Bully on His Sequestration

By David Limbaugh · Feb. 22, 2013

President Obama's demagoguery and fear-mongering on his sequester cuts are breathtaking, even for him. Lest you think I am engaging in hyperbole, let me give you the dictionary definition of a demagogue.

One definition is “a political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational argument.”

Obama's ordinary MO is to stir people against one another, to stoke the flames of envy among some against others in lieu of rational argument to rally support for his causes.

Obama has had four years to try his ideas. They have all failed, in every category. His stimulus plan to spend nearly $1 trillion of borrowed money to jump-start the economy was a colossal, unconscionable waste of money we didn't have and not only didn't work as promised but probably stalled the private sector's efforts to recover. He remains defiantly unrepentant in the face of his repeated reckless green policy failures.

Liberal economists and ideologues – in some cases, there's little difference – cling fast to the myth that Obama's gutting of the private sector to chase public money after projects for which there was no demand actually helped the economy. But they can't prove their assertion that the economy would have been worse but for the stimulus any more than one can prove a negative. But objective evidence says otherwise: Obama has presided over the worst recovery in 50 years.

But those who control the writing of history (and the other disciplines, such as economics, that have been thoroughly politicized in modern academia) have an advantage in controlling the present. Liberal academic revisionists have firmly planted in our history and economic texts the myth that FDR's big-government policies brought us out of the Great Depression. Only recently have a number of modern historians and authors set the record straight: His policies exacerbated and prolonged the Depression. Yet Obama persists in touting his own big-government prescriptions, demanding we ignore history and his own record.

Obama has had four years to get the economy moving, and our extraordinarily high level of unemployment is just as high as it was when he took office and, when you consider the record numbers of people leaving the workforce, is much worse than the numbers indicate. Yet he still refuses to accept any responsibility for his own failures.

Obama will not offer any plan to reduce spending, especially entitlements. He just keeps going back to his crusade against the rich, from whom he's already extracted a higher tax rate and eliminated personal exemptions and deductions. He promised he wanted a balanced approach, but he refuses to balance his punitive tax hikes with spending cuts and entitlement reform. Even former Sen. Alan Simpson said that unless Obama gets serious about entitlements, he will have a failed presidency.

But Obama and his Democratic senators will not pass a budget, and they will not participate in entitlement reform. Instead, Obama is back railing against the Republicans for their alleged unwillingness to further tax the rich, whom they have already reluctantly agreed to discriminatorily tax.

Obama tells us that Republicans are insisting on keeping his brainchild – the sequestration – in place to avoid further taxing the rich. This is the same sequestration he promised to support; he even threatened to veto efforts to remove it. Now he complains about its draconian cuts – not about cuts to the military but about cuts to his sacred domestic programs. But in fact, even with the sequester cuts, we will be spending more in fiscal year 2013 than we have in any other fiscal year in American history, save 2011. He is simply misleading the public because he wants to further punish the rich – even if it means holding hostage our military and accelerating the nation's imminent bankruptcy.

Obama is dreadfully wrong on both sides of the fiscal equation. Economic growth does not depend on government spending, which has the opposite effect because it sucks the wind out of the private sector; and you balance the budget not by taxing the rich but by drastically cutting spending and reforming entitlements.

Obama and his ilk mock Republicans for their “trickledown” economics, but Obama is the quintessential proponent of his own trickledown economics. As to the private sector and entrepreneurship, he is an atheist. He believes that only he and his central planners in the omniscient federal government can cause economic growth and that from that high mountain of government largesse will trickle down economic activity for the ignorant, impotent private sector and the economy at large.

The sequestration, as House Speaker John Boehner has said, is an ugly way to cut spending and is not good for our national defense. But if we don't start cutting fast (and the sequester is more a reduction in the rate of spending increases than it is a cut), we won't have the money to support a military at all, much less anything else. Time to stop playing games with the nation's very viability and our children's future. The Republicans must hold to their guns this time.

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8 Comments

HP in Kalispell, MT said:

Just do it! It isn't a cut in current spending, it is merely a decrease in the spending increase. Let Zero have his big drama and again when it happens, nothing. Eventually the idiots will stop listening to this clown.

Friday, February 22, 2013 at 12:24 AM

Tex Horn in Texas said:

Let Obama's sequester happen. Then point the finger where the blame is. He's on record stating it's his idea. I also say let the 11,000 Pentagon workers walk. Forever. Have you ever been there? I have, and it's filled with thousands of people wandering about, just like in the other agencies. Plus, no more $300 hammers and such. There's probably more waste in the Pentagon that all other agencies combined. Forget the fear-mongering by Panetta and others, for that's all it is.

And Mac, I second that emotion on Boehner.

Friday, February 22, 2013 at 10:15 AM

septuagenarian in Canada said:

Many years ago my husband worked for the US Army Corps of Engineers. He said there were always numerous employees whom nobody knew what they did. They were referred to as "paper carrying hall-walkers". Every government agency seems to have them. Seems to me that is a good place to start cutting some of the fat out of the government. Here in Canada there is a joke about public employees. If anyone who is employed in the private sector or is self-employed is seen loafing, someone is bound to ask them "When did you start working for the government?"

Friday, February 22, 2013 at 11:16 AM

READY4ACHANGE in ILLINOIS said:

Let the sequester happen. 'Nuff said.

Friday, February 22, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Torp44 in Ione, Wa. said:

All this sequestration nonsense is simply a smokescreen serving its purpose of diverting attention from true budget reform to a niggling, tiny speck of our nation's true economic situation. Obama's a master at this game. The real problem here is that the public is so damned stupid and ignorant that this charade of a president and congress, with the help of the "federal" reserve, are bleeding them dry! We've got the makings of a true literal "Idiocracy" within a few generations....if we survive that long.

Friday, February 22, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Tapdaddy in Indiana said:

"Yet Obama persists in touting his own big-government prescriptions, demanding we ignore history and his own record."
Three years ago, President Obama said the economy was his first priority
and then came the perpetual campaign machine, history be damned.

Friday, February 22, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Joe in Texas said:

Sequester won't happen. GOP will fold.

Friday, February 22, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA replied:

Joe, as much as I hate to, I have to agree with you. It will come down to whether they have the cojones to do what is right or whether re-election if more important. My vote goies for re-election.

Friday, February 22, 2013 at 7:49 PM