Obama to English Translation Guide
John Boehner has a piece in today’s WSJ. Ignore it. It’s awful. He lays out a very rationale argument countering the Presidents deceitful rhetoric. It’s boring. It’s why we are losing the argument. I only pray he is not secretly negotiating again. Keep everything in the legislative process. NOTHING out of process. NOTHING out of the public eye. NOTHING last minute that can be stuffed with pork.
Fortunately, there is a another piece in the Journal today. It hits the nail right on the head. Here is what you really need to know. Forget everything Obama said. Forget everything Boehner is saying – this is it: emphasis mine
“If Congress allows this meat-cleaver approach to take place,” he (Obama) moaned, “it will jeopardize our military readiness; it will eviscerate job creating investments in education and energy and medical research.” His parade of horribles went on for several minutes. All of this wreckage from a 5% cut to domestic agencies and a 7% cut to the military.
Americans need to understand that Mr. Obama is threatening that if he doesn’t get what he wants, he’s ready to inflict maximum pain on everybody else. He won’t force government agencies to shave spending on travel and conferences and excessive pay and staffing. He won’t demand that agencies cut the lowest priority spending as any half-competent middle manager would.
It’s the old ploy to stir public support for all government spending by shutting down vital services first. Voters should scoff at the idea that a $3.6 trillion government can’t save one nickel of every dollar that agencies spend. The $85 billion in savings is a mere 2.3% of total spending. The agencies that the White House says can’t save 5% received an average increase in their budgets of 17% in the previous five years—not counting their $276 billion stimulus bonus.
He is the one holding the American economy hostage. With his regulations, with Obamacare, with tax increases, with the crushing deficit spending, with illegal executive orders.
“This is something I’ve struggled with throughout my presidency,” said Obama. “The problem is that I’m the president of the United States, I’m not the emperor of the United States.
He views that as a problem. I view that as the greatest Government ever created by man, for man.