The American people are busy and tend not to pay attention to government actions, but they do see a steady stream of reports of government waste, expensive parties and all manner of waste that makes its way to lunch break conversation. The idea of a minor decrease in the amount of increase in government spending causing end-times is laughable to everyone who has more IQ points than teeth.
That common-sense intelligence was the Achilles heel for President Obama’s failed messaging.
On Friday the president launched a new scare tactic. He said, “So every time that we get a piece of economic news, over the next month, next two months, next six months, as long as the sequester is in place, we’ll know that that economic news could have been better if Congress had not failed to act.” This is his self-granted “get out of blame free” card. Anything bad that happens economically, no matter what it is or when, throughout the rest of his term is not his fault, it’s Republicans fault for not caving on sequester.
The media will be only too happy to enable this meme.
But now that we’ve survived Armageddon, there was something else the president said Friday that Republicans should find interesting. Reductions in government spending, he said, will cause ripples throughout the economy. “Layoffs and pay cuts mean that people have less money in their pockets, and that means that they have less money to spend at local businesses. That means lower profits. That means fewer hires,” he warned.
Reread that paragraph and replace “reductions in government spending” with “higher taxes” in your mind. That’s nearly a full-throated endorsement of supply-side economics and a better, clearer argument against Obama’s tax hikes – both past successes and future attempts – than any Republican has made in years.
As Americans slowly emerge from their doomsday bunkers and sift through their stockpiled canned goods, it’s good to remember this moment for a number of reasons and lessons there to learn. Democrats will always overplay their hand because it’s based on an emotional appeal to fear. It’s a tough card to trump, but it can be done by using their words against them and reminding people of their false prophecies of the past. Chicken Little lost her credibility for a reason.