Back in my teaching days, many years ago, one of the things I liked to ask the class to consider was this: Imagine a government agency with only two tasks: (1) building statues of Benedict Arnold and (2) providing life-saving medications to children. If this agency’s budget were cut, what would it do?
The answer, of course, is that it would cut back on the medications for children. Why? Because that would be what was most likely to get the budget cuts restored. If they cut back on building statues of Benedict Arnold, people might ask why they were building statues of Benedict Arnold in the first place. — Thomas Sowell
Spending has exploded under Barack Obama and even with the sequester, we’re going to be spending more, not less. In other words, nobody in the government is feeling any real pain in the short term and over the long term, only defense is going to be pinched at all.
Yet, Barack Obama is deliberately sabotaging the government to try to prevent any sort of cuts at all from taking place. But, while we’re releasing illegal aliens, supposedly because we don’t have the money to hold them, Obama and John Kerry are sending 250 million to the anti-American, pro-terrorist goons in Egypt who promised democracy, but are turning the country into a pro-terrorist, anti-Israel theocracy.
President Obama has been condemning Republicans for automatic spending cuts now in effect — a budget sequestration mechanism that was his idea, as the Washington Post’s Bob Woodward recently reminded us.
He’s been claiming it means “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”; that an aircraft carrier can’t be sent to the Persian Gulf; that “almost 800,000 defense employees” will be rendered idle; and that “these cuts will set back medical science for a generation.”
He has been using sequester rhetoric to batter Republicans. “Are Republicans in Congress really willing to let these cuts fall on our kids’ schools and mental health care … to slash military health care and the Border Patrol … to inflict more pain on the middle class?” he asks, adding that “the American people have worked too hard for too long to see everything they’ve built undone by partisan recklessness in Washington.”
After his repeated trillion-dollar deficits and over $16.6 trillion in national debt, the president talks with a straight face about how “we should work together to build on the more than $2.5 trillion in deficit reduction we’ve already achieved.”
Yet somehow he can instantly find a quarter of a billion dollars to gamble on an Egyptian government controlled by an organization dedicated to “civilizational jihad” — spreading Shariah law politically by destroying Western civilization from within.
The U.S. is giving $250 million to an Egyptian president who calls Jews “blood-suckers” who are “descendants of apes and pigs”; Morsi unequivocally supports the Iranian-backed Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, because the two-state solution is “nothing but an illusion” and the Palestinian Authority “was created by the Zionist and American enemies for the sole purpose of opposing the will of the Palestinian people and its interests”; and he calls on fellow Muslims to “besiege the Zionists wherever they are.”
If we have 250 million dollars to give to Egypt — TO EGYPT — how can Barack Obama be so duplicitous, so irresponsible, so despicable as to lay off teachers, release illegal aliens, and generally punish people as part of a ridiculous political stunt. He’s playing callous games with real people’s lives and all people of conscience on the Left and the Right should condemn him for it.