Cartoonist Michael Ramierez does a superb job of putting not merely the out of control increase in federal spending in perspective, but the sequester. Allowed to go forward, this 2.4% reduction in growth of government spending (not cuts) over the next decade is being hyped by Obama as the penultimate threat to our economy and, indeed, our way of life. The scenarios he and his administration have painted are cataclysmic and utterly ridiculous:
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. … Hundreds of thousands of Americans will lose access to primary care and preventive care like flu vaccinations and cancer screenings.
You know, we just survived the Mayan apocalypse three months ago fairly well. I am pretty sure we will make it through this next one okay. What is really going on here is Obama doing everything possible to prevent these cuts becoming part of the baseline budget before next month, when Congress should be crafting the budget. The worthless s.o.b. is willing to do or say anything in order to borrow and spend us into his version of the new America. It would be pathetic were it not so existential in its possible end result.
Update: From one of the top contestants for dumbest person sitting in Congress, race hustler Maxine Waters, speaking yesterday: "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."
And from Krauthammer: