If you are tempted to think Sen. Harkin has a point, watch this video.
Taking the extreme rhetoric to new heights, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) compared the upcoming sequestration spending cuts to slavery. First she made this bizarre comment, "We're at the bone almost, and sequester, that is across-the-board cuts, will literally destroy us and put us in a recession."
Let's take a timeout for perspective. The sequestration cuts total $1.2 trillion -- over the next ten years. During that same amount of time, the government is expected to spend about $46 trillion. We're talking about a 2.6% reduction in spending over a ten-year period. This year's cuts amount to $85 billion -- when Obama is running deficits of $1 trillion a year and spending well more than three times that amount. Does that sound like "cuts to the bone" to you?
Facts aside, Jackson Lee also said, "I stand here as a freed slave because this Congress came together. Are we going to be able to do it today to free America?" Free America from what?
And they are just getting started. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) is promising to bring another massive energy tax to the Senate floor this summer. Her "cap and tax" scheme is expected to suck out of your pocket another $120 billion a year! These "libs" all need to check into a tax and spend addiction clinic to dry-out.