Posted on | February 27, 2013 | 34 Comments
I, for one, have been wondering just how much more jacked up our government could get before a total sieze-up. Over at Red State, Rep. Tom Graves points out:
Frankly, the sequester doesn’t do much to stop the growth of spending and government. Let’s say you gain 10 pounds per year, but your 2013 resolution is to only gain 9.8 pounds. You’re not getting smaller; you’re just growing a little slower. The president has chosen to make a mini diet sound apocalyptic, even as our country is nearly $17 trillion in debt.
Nick Gillespie, via Instapundit, expounds:
So, the President is crying Wolf and going on a fear-mongering Blitzer here. *Yawn*. If you noticed the point about the Pentagon, there is still “emergency” spending. I’ll bet you a number of sodas equal to the personal pronoun count in #OccupyResoluteDesk’s next speech that DoD “emergency” spending grows to encompass whatever is removed via sequestration.
George Will noted a few days back:
“Forced”? The Navy did indeed cite the sequester when delaying deployment of the USS Truman. In the high-stakes pressure campaign against Iran’s nuclear weapons program, U.S. policy has been to have two carriers in nearby waters. Yet the Navy is saying it cannot find cuts to programs or deployments less essential than the Truman deployment. The Navy’s participation in the political campaign to pressure Congress into unraveling the sequester is crude, obvious and shameful, and it should earn the Navy’s budget especially skeptical scrutiny by Congress.
Having served in that Navy, I can tell you that Congress is going over that budget, continuously, with a fine-toothed comb and a magnet. Defense is the original federal pork program. I left the Navy, inter alia, because it’s really no fun trying to go to sea when the people aren’t trained and the gear ain’t maintained for want of funding.
The mighty Trifecta, with Tammy Bruce in for Stephen Green:
To get at Whittle’s question starting at ~2:00 the reason BHO threatens safety in lieu of salaries for his bureaucrats is that safety doesn’t buy votes until after the disaster. And in this case, the disaster will be blamed on the Republicans. From BHO’s perspective, what’s not to like? But do watch the whole thing, as Ott finishes beautifully.
Our government is fundamentally unserious. So, no, I don’t think we’ve yet reached the tipping point. But this is a measurable step in that direction. Hence BHO out there on the permanent campaign, wetting himself.
Update: linked at The Lonely Conservative