The major media can be relied on -- with help from the administration -- to find people who will be laid off work, or a "homeless" person, or a crying woman with her baby down to the last drop of milk. They did during the government shutdown, obscuring the real issue, which is overspending.
As John Makin of the American Enterprise Institute wrote recently in The Wall Street Journal, the sequester "...amounts to $2 of spending cuts for every dollar of the president's tax increases enacted on Jan. 2." The looming cuts, Makin notes, are "minuscule" when compared to the overall debt.
The president got his tax hike in the fiscal cliff debate. To ask for more now without significant spending cuts, entitlement reform and a re-written tax code aligns him with the extortionists who ruled Chicago during the Roaring '20s.
In his oath of office, the president promised to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." Instead, he appears to be shredding it.
Whatever the short-term political price, Republicans must stand for the Constitution, the country and the future. Allowing the president to have his way again risks harming all three.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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