Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Obama Denounces His Own Idea

Gary L. Bauer
American Values

We're just days away from the looming sequestration cuts, which politicians on both sides of the aisle claim they want to avoid. But rather than coming up with solutions, President Barack Obama delivered another stump speech today defending big government at a highly-staged White House event.

As he has done so many times in the past, the president even used first responders as a backdrop for his remarks. The implication was clear: If you don't support his demand for even more tax hikes, then you want people's homes to burn down because firefighters might be laid off by the sequester.

Among his remarks, the president said, "These cuts are not smart. They are not fair. They will hurt our economy." That's an odd statement for Obama to make -- sequestration was his idea and he signed the legislation that authorized it!

Responding to President Obama's call for more tax hikes, Speaker Boehner said:

"Today the president advanced an argument Republicans have been making for a year: his sequester is the wrong way to cut spending. That's why the House has twice passed legislation to replace it with common sense cuts and reforms that won't threaten public safety, national security, or our economy. But once again, the president offered no credible plan that can pass Congress – only more calls for higher taxes. ...

"Replacing the president's sequester will require a plan to cut spending that will put us on the path to a budget that is balanced in 10 years. To keep these first responders on the job, what other spending is the president willing to cut?"