Gary L. Bauer
Campaign for Working Families
The article argued that defenders of Big Government need the sequester to be painful in order to convince the American people that the solution is higher taxes, more spending and even bigger government. "The worst-case scenario for us is the sequester hits and nothing bad really happens," one liberal lobbyist confessed to the Post.
That is why Barack Obama is telling us just how awful these cuts will be. Kids will be kicked out of school. Flights will be delayed. Workers will be furloughed and their paychecks will be cut. Today the president went to Newport News, Virginia, to warn that the Navy might have to cancel repairs to 11 ships and lay off civilian workers.
It doesn't have to be this way. But that is exactly how Obama wants it to be! The cynicism of this White House and its allies is breathtaking. They are willing to punish hard-working, taxpaying citizens of this country in order to advance their far-left, big government agenda.
Will Obama's Cynicism Prevail?
This morning I got more real life evidence of why the Obama strategy on sequestration may ultimately work. I begin every morning by trying to personally respond to as many emails as I can from our loyal friends and supporters. I want to share two I received today.
Keep in mind these folks are receiving my daily report. They are most likely pro-life and pro-family, and they probably voted for Mitt Romney. The first one comes from a military family in Europe.
Here is the second message:
When the sequester was negotiated, Obama demanded that some areas of the budget -- such as major entitlement programs -- be off limits. As a result, even though the sequester only amounts to 2.5% of total spending, the parts of the budget that are getting hit are taking a bigger hit proportionally than just 2.5%. Some discretionary programs are taking a 5% cut while some Defense programs are taking a 7% cut.
Last night on the CBS Evening News, the director of the National Institutes of Health told viewers, "Medical research in America will be slowed by [the sequester], advances that could have happened sooner will happen later or perhaps not at all."
That statement is absurd. The federal government is not the only entity doing medical research. Is there really nothing else in the NIH's budget to cut other than important research projects? Of course there is. But if you are the person getting cut, if you are the family in Europe, it doesn't sound absurd when your paycheck shows up 20% smaller. That is what Obama is counting on.
And because the left-wing media willingly parrots the administration's propaganda, many Americans who don't watch Fox News, listen to Rush Limbaugh or read these daily reports won't know the cynical game that is being played here.
But there is no way for Republicans to explain it without the cooperation of the media. Speaker Boehner and House leaders held a press conference yesterday and presented a lot of great information. It got about 30 seconds of coverage on the evening news.
This is a very frustrating time in Washington, my friends. But we cannot give up. The skirmish over sequestration is a major battle in the fight over the size and scope of government. If Obama can convince the American people that it is too draconian to cut just 2.5% of the budget, then America is doomed to follow the path of European-style socialism.