President Barack Obama warned Tuesday of diminished emergency services, longer airport security lines and other problems if Congress fails to reach agreement on avoiding the harshest impacts of automatic, across-the-board spending cuts set to begin March 1.With firefighters, police officers and other emergency responders standing behind him, Obama said that “people will lose their jobs” if the forced cuts are allowed to take effect.
The cuts — known as sequestration in Washington jargon — won’t help grow the economy or achieve jobs, Obama said, calling those goals the top priority of his administration.
He listed a litany of possible impacts intended to inspire public outrage at the potential new reality caused by the spending cuts, such as fewer police and firefighters on the streets, reduced military readiness, less border security, and criminals going free because federal prosecutors will have to close cases.
House Republicans, who control the chamber, reject any increased tax revenue as a solution, setting up another in a series of congressional showdowns over spending and taxes that dominated Obama’s first term.
Obama repeated his call from last week for Congress to agree to a temporary respite from the forced spending cuts while possible negotiations continue on a larger solution.
Now, our readers will see their own party as the good guy in this, when neither the Democrats or the Republicans are good guys. Nor is President Obama in this matter. However, the deficit spending and outrageous budget deficits began under Ronald Reagan, were finally cut under Bill Clinton, and then Dick Cheney, who famously told George W. Bush publicly, that “Reagan proved, deficits don’t matter.” Should have prefaced that with, “if Republicans are in power,” all have created this mess.
President Obama needs to be honest with the American people and tell them that painful entitlement reform has to be done. And before Republicans get all giddy at that statement. They should have demanded it, under the Republican Congress and the Bush Administration, which put WARS and Medicare Prescription Drug Act OFF the BOOKS. That’s right, did NOT plan on paying for it, just needed a plan to be reelected in 2004, after they had already run the economy and the nation into the ground.
You see, the problem is, whenever one party is in power, their supporters hold their noses and smile and allow them to spend outrageously, and then when the other party is in power, their supporters do the same thing. And we all know this started in 1980! We all know, that bastion of government hating, was actually the first American president to GROW government more than his 38 predecessors put together. Now that the budget under George W. Bush from 2000-2008 has been so out of whack, and government spending is actually down, the right is screaming that the deficit is soaring, and it started that under President Reagan, who went into office with a $700 billion deficit and waltzed out on the Yellow Brick Road, leaving us a $3 trillion PLUS deficit.
So, stop listening to Fox Noise’s propaganda, and look at the bare bone FACTS!