The automatic spending cuts poised to hit the federal government are brought to you not by the Republican Party, but by none other than the Obama White House.
Listening to President Obama on Tuesday, you would think the sequester was something his immediate predecessor George W. Bush forced him to “inherit” — like so much else the president refuses to own.
The president claims Republicans must either compromise or be “willing to put hundreds of thousands of jobs and our entire economy at risk just to protect a few special interest tax loopholes that benefit only the wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations.”
“Border Patrol agents … FBI agents … federal prosecutors will … let criminals go … Air traffic controllers and airport security … thousands of teachers and educators will be laid off.”
And “tens of thousands of parents will have to scramble to find child care for their kids.”
In other words, that asteroid that missed the earth last week will turn around and cause Armageddon after all, courtesy of Republicans enthralled to their “ideological goals.”
On Wednesday, White House mouthpiece Jay Carney was forced to admit it was all balderdash, that “No,” the sequester would not destroy “hundreds of thousands” of Americans jobs, as Obama claimed, “but there will be job losses.”
There certainly will. This, after all, is the Obama Economy.
After four years in office, President Obama has found a new way to disown his economic misdeeds. Before, it was Bush’s fault; now it’s the fault of the “Republican Sequester.”
You wouldn’t think from any of this, would you, that on Tuesday that very same Jay Carney admitted that the sequester “was an idea that the White House put forward.”
You wouldn’t think a Senate under Democratic control passed it.
And you wouldn’t think that during the third presidential debate, after Mitt Romney warned of the damage to defense of sequestration cuts, Obama assured the nation that the sequester “will not happen.”