Thanks to the Des Moines Register for printing the editorial by Peter Morici on 2/16/2013. (Obama blackmailing taxpayers to stick blame on Republicans – see link below.) President Obama and other politicians and pundits who say the sky will fall if the sequestration cuts are allowed to go into effect are using misleading fear tactics. Politicians at all levels of government who don’t want to see spending cuts always say that the services that will be cut are those that are the most needed and the most visible. Examples include President Obama’s statement in his State Of The Union address: “These sudden, harsh, arbitrary cuts would jeopardize our military readiness. They’d devastate priorities like education, energy, and medical research. They would certainly slow our recovery, and cost us hundreds of thousands of jobs.” Agriculture Secretary Vilsack has warned us that layoffs of food inspector will result in food shortages. A top general stated that troops in Afghanistan will have their stay extended because there won’t be enough money to train replacement troops. Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano said the we should expect increased wait times in airports due to mandatory furloughs of security staff.
As Morici wrote:, “It puzzles me how $85 billion in a $16 trillion economy could make such a difference, especially when tax increases of similar size, implemented on Jan. 1 at the President’s behest, had no such similar effect in his mind.” Why can’t President Obama prioritize the cuts so that less needed services are cut? President Obama got his tax increases on the wealthy as part of the negotiations to extend our borrowing limit. Now is the time for him to take the lead and implement meaningful cuts based on priorities. Everything is not a top priority. Even entitlement changes, such as continuing to raise the normal retirement age for both Social Security and Medicare, should be on the table. The debt that we are piling onto future generations is immoral and unsustainable. It must stop.
Link to Register article: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013302160059