CHARLOTTE, February 21, 2013 – We all know that Barack Obama loves games. Basketball. Golf. Toying with the Republicans at the expense of the American people. Running up and down the steps of Air Force One to emphasize how vigorous and youthful he is.
The problem is that it is time to stop playing games, and politics with the American people, and to start being a president and a leader.
The first three words of the United States Constitution are “We the people.” They are not, “I the president.” Mr. Obama needs to learn this.
The so-called “sequester” is looming and the debate continues about the effects the spending cuts of $44-billion in 2013 will have on the country.
Only Tuesday, Obama, with his usual props behind him, this time public safety officials and first responders, held a dramatic press conference to scold Republicans and emphasize the dire consequences that will result if the sequestration takes place March 1.
The urgency of the crisis was announced just one day after Obama spent the weekend playing a round of golf with Tiger Woods in Florida and congress was on vacation. Somehow it becomes more and more difficult to accept the desperate results of pending cuts when government officials play their political Olympics and spout empty rhetoric as if they are competing in some gigantic made-for-television reality/game show.
But isn’t that the way Obama does everything? Hasn’t that been the same formula he has employed since the day he took office? Blame everyone else. Claim nothing. Appear to be “fighting” for the American people while constantly “fixing” rather than governing or achieving.
Even though sequestration was Barack Obama’s idea in the first place and, even though he now blames Republicans for the looming “catastrophe,” let’s stipulate that there is enough input on either side for them both to be culpable.
Now take a look at the numbers. We are talking about $85 billion in mandatory cuts over a period of ten years. We haven’t had a budget from the Senate in nearly 1,400 days, but we are talking about a $3.6 trillion budget in a $16 trillion economy. Does anybody really believe that a mere $85 billion in cuts over the next decade is going to keep planes from flying or houses from burning down or children from getting school lunches and on and on and on?
It has been nearly two months since the Government Accounting Office (GAO), the auditor for the president and the government, issued a lengthy report on January 17th that summarized the problem in five words, the “current policy is not sustainable.”
Despite that warning, the president, along with Nancy Pelosi, continues to say that we “don’t have a spending problem.” How is that any different than an alcoholic saying he doesn’t have a drinking problem?
Just saying it doesn’t exist does not make it so. Still, Obama has made a career out using hollow words and eloquent phrases while handing out Halloween candy all year round to the extent that half of the country believes him. The other half, meanwhile, can do nothing about it.
The truth is that the GAO says there is a spending problem and whether Obama pontificates to the contrary or not, if his auditor says there’s a problem that means there is, indeed, a problem. Ignoring will not stop it or even slow it down.
Yet, the president would have us believe that simply cutting 1.2 percent from our total deficits over a period of ten years will result in consequences so horrible that the apocalypse will be a welcome relief.
Do we honestly believe that our president really cares about any of this? He cares only in terms of the political ramifications as a result of his gamesmanship. It has nothing to do with the American people and everything do to with his personal quest for power.
At some point it will catch up with him, just as it did with Saddam Hussein, Muammar Gaddafi, Hosni Mubarak and others of his ilk. The question is whether it will happen while we still have a country or whether we will travel beyond the point of no return before we wake up.
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Peabod is Bob Taylor, owner of Taylored Media Services in Charlotte, NC. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club, which creates, and escorts customized tours to Switzerland, France and Italy for groups of 12 or more.
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