Lost in this conversation about sequestration is the thing that should be the most important point. In fact, it should be the only point in the conversation. President Obama has consistently insisted on raising taxes more. Reporters have called him on his scare tactics but they haven’t questioned him on why he hasn’t submitted a bill that acts on the duplicative programs throughout the federal budget.
This weekend, I wrote this article about federal spending on autopilot and this article about how the federal government doesn’t require federal programs to determine whether they’re doing their jobs or if they’re even attempting to measure outcomes.
Tom Coburn did a fantastic job of laying out all the ridiculous spending at the federal level. He explained how many duplicative programs exist within the federal government and how each of those programs comes with their separate administrations and separate sets of overhead, all of which wastes taxpayers’ money.
Why aren’t reporters questioning President Obama about why they aren’t even looking at those expenditures? If President Obama isn’t available to answer those questions, they should ask Jay Carney. If Mr. Carney doesn’t have the answer at his press briefing, these reporters should insist that he find the answers for the next day’s briefing.
From the start of his administration, President Obama has refused to accept responsibility for his policies. He’s refused to be transparent. This past Friday, President Obama tried to make it sound like people outside his administration were predicting the Apocalypse. Here’s what he said:
“This is not going to be an apocalypse, I think, as some people have said,” Obama declared (not mentioning that his administration had been behind most of the apocalypse talk). “It’s just dumb. And it’s going to hurt.”
Ray Lahood, President Obama’s Transportation Secretary, talked about furloughing air traffic controllers. Arne Duncan, President Obama’s Education Secretary talked about how teachers were already getting pink slips for next fall as a result of sequestration. President Obama himself said that the White House janitorial staff was getting forced into accepting a pay cut as a result of sequestration.
But I digress.
I suspect that President Obama isn’t serious about cutting spending because his central focus isn’t on implementing great policies. It’s about winning political battles. It’s time the White House press corps insisted that Jay Carney answer why this administration won’t cut the foolish spending Sen. Coburn has highlighted.
If this administration won’t implement those spending cuts, then we’ll have confirmation this administration isn’t serious about cutting the deficit, much less balancing the budget.