Letter: It’s Obama’s fault
President Obama and the fawning mainstream media falsely indicate that the “sequester” and the harsh sequester cuts are other people’s doing.
The sequester was Obama’s idea to pretend concern, before the election, for our unsustainable deficits by agreeing to an under 3 percent spending cut. Are the drastic cuts that Obama selects today the ones he envisioned when he proposed the sequester? Or when he promised to veto any attempt to avoid it? If yes, then the sequester was a bad idea. If not, he should implement those less harsh cuts.
Businessmen routinely manage 3 percent budget cuts without cutting essential services. Just eliminating the $125 billion that Obama’s General Accounting Office says is wasted annually would exceed the sequester savings. He could reduce the estimated $75 billion in annual Medicare and Medicaid fraud, cut less important spending or rein in excessively expensive programs. But Obama refuses to do any of these.
Obama feels that the friendly media will help him defeat Republicans either by backing out of his sequester agreements or by blaming Republicans for the sequester cuts that he chooses which will hurt poor and middle income Americans.