published Friday, March 15th, 2013

Hart: Petulant President: Has anybody noticed the sequester

By Ron Hart

Congratulations to all sequester survivors. I know it was tough getting through the 2.2 percent cut in growth of “non-essential” government “services,” even with one fake Washington snow day thrown in last week.

Many citizens did not understand sequestration. Forty-seven percent of Americans thought it meant the removal of sequins from Ryan Seacrest’s rhinestone jacket.

Try as they might, Obama and his zombies in the media were unable to make good on their threats to inflict as much pain as they could with the sequester he created.

To be fair, sequestration was bipartisan. (The two wasteful wars we are in also had overwhelming “bipartisan” support.) Now each party claims it was the other side’s idea, and a bad idea at that. The word “bipartisan” means an extreme sleight of hand is being perpetrated on citizens by both parties. Be eternally fearful when politicians all agree on something.

Obama, who tries to glom onto the Clinton aura when it benefits him, did try to reach out to some in the GOP last week when he could not get his way. He was pushed to the precipice of actual pleasantness. He wants to inflict pain on the country by making these minimal cuts in growth of government seem severe.

In one act of petulance, Obama cut the $74,000 weekly cost of White Hours tours for kids during Spring Break. Yet the trip Obama took to Florida to play golf with Tiger Woods cost $1 million. Obama has three White House calligraphers making $277,000 in combined salaries.

All this decadent spending comes from a president who assails the “greed of the rich” in America at a $50,000-a-plate campaign fund-raiser.

Instead of sitting down with Republicans in good faith to hammer out a deal, Obama goes into campaign mode. Since taking office, he has spent one out of every 10 days visiting colleges. He has much in common with college students: In his fifth year of eight, he has run up more debt than he can pay and has created no job prospects.

Democrats have the worse argument on spending. Is it moral to spend money we do not have (42 percent of which we have to borrow) on growing a government we do not want, that burdens our kids with more than $16 trillion in debt? Which is more selfish, continuing to spend on ourselves or cutting spending so we do not go broke and can provide basic services in the future?

In the most naked power grabs by Democrats since Al Gore’s last hotel room massage, the insatiable Obama tried to usurp the House’s Constitutional right to raise the debt limit while Harry Reid tried to limit the right of Senators like Rand Paul to filibuster.

Obama took his campaign message of blaming Republicans to West Virginia. When a Washington politician is in West Virginia, it is either an election year or his plane crashed. One political party complaining about the other is like a burglar complaining about a pickpocket.

What Obama and big spending Democrats do not want you to realize is that we can withstand this budget “cut” and a whole lot more. We have awakened to their corrupt stewardship and incompetent management of our money. We can only hope that this is just the beginning. I think we have them on the run.

Ron Hart is a syndicated op-ed humorist, award-winning author and TV/radio commentator. Email or visit

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jjmez said...

The full impact of cuts may have yet to be felt.

March 15, 2013 at 7:29 a.m.
Lr103 said...

No so quick, Hart. The numbers are just beginning to roll in:

abc22 now:

The early childhood education program Head Start provides educational opportunities specifically to low-income kids. But 70,000 of those students will lose the opportunity to be in the program as a result of the drastic reductions in funding triggered by sequestration.

Reports are beginning to roll in about how children will bear the brunt of Congressional inaction. In several states, programs have to decide where they will make the cuts. In some cases, that means picking which students will be kept in the program, and which will be forced to leave

INDIANA: “At least two Indiana Head Start programs have resorted to a random drawing to determine which three-dozen preschool students will be removed from the education program for low-income families, a move officials said was necessary to limit the impact of mandatory across-the-board federal spending cuts.

TENNESSEE: “A letter went out recently to parents and guardians with children in the program stating that the cuts have affected the Head Start program in several ways. One, and perhaps the move that hurts more families than any, is that all bus transportation will discontinue on March 18. The letter was sent out shortly after the sequestration took place on March 1 to give the parents a couple of weeks to try to find alternate means of transportation. According to the letter, ‘Every effort will be made to reinstate transportation services starting in August

March 15, 2013 at 6:36 p.m.
jjmez said...

Here's another potential and dangerous casualty of the "sequestration" budget cuts. Taken from the pages of your very own CTFP front page:

"CHICAGO — The planned shutdown of nearly 240 air traffic control towers across the country under federal budget cuts will strip away an extra layer of safety during takeoffs and landings, leaving pilots to manage the most critical stages of flight on their own.

The towers slated to close are at smaller airports with lighter traffic, and all pilots are trained to land without help by communicating among themselves on a common radio frequency. But airport directors and pilots say there is little doubt the removal of that second pair of eyes on the ground increases risk and will slow the progress that has made the U.S. air system the safest in the world"

March 16, 2013 at 9:05 a.m.
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