Donald Lambro

But his trip to Newport News, Va., to highlight the impact the sequester will have on its shipbuilding economy; will not alleviate our fiscal troubles one iota. It won't create a single job or cut one dollar from a swollen, out of control, unsustainable budget.

"This is not time for a roadshow president," House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy lectured Obama at a news conference Monday with other Republican leaders. "This is a time to look for someone who will lead and work with us, because we're willing to work with them to solve America's problems."

The president could have just as easily climbed into his limo for a short drive up to Capitol Hill to suggest that in a government this size, that spends this much money, surely we can easily identify a piddling $85 billion in real budget cuts. I mean, this isn't brain surgery.

Obama maintains the Republicans in the House are the obstacle to any solution to the present impasse. In fact, it is Obama's unreasonable and stubborn insistence that any budget deal must come with tax increases.

He and his party, and their pals in the news media, say the Republicans in Congress are the ones holding up any attempt to avert the budget cuts in order to prevent further tax increases on the rich.

But the GOP's opposition to higher taxes is not about protecting the wealthy, it's about strengthening the U.S. economy which is over- taxed, over-regulated, and under-capitalized.

The president doesn't talk much about our persistently weak, jobless economy, and with good reason. Nearing the end of his first four years in office, the Department of Commerce reported that the economy stopped growing in the last three months of 2012. In fact, the nation's gross domestic product (GDP) actually shrank.

Unemployment is nearly 8 percent and the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reported just this month that economic growth will remain weak and the jobless rate will hover about where it is now for the rest of the year.

Obama and his economic advisers live in a hermetically sealed world of their own making where raising taxes on income and investments is irrelevant to the economy's ill-health.

Since the Great Depression, the average length of any recession has been about two years. Obama's weak, sub-par, chronically sluggish economy is entering its fifth year of misery. It should by now be abundantly clear that his big spending, tax hike policies (both real and threatened) and have not worked and aren't going to work.

With far fewer Americans finding full time jobs and thus paying no income taxes, budget deficits have skyrocketed under his presidency. This will be the fifth year when the Obama deficit will still be within the $1 trillion range.

He seems impervious to the ugly reality that taxing ever more capital out of the economy will only weaken it further, worsen the job market and turn the American dream into an unreachable goal for millions of our fellow citizens.

"Instead, he campaigns across the country, painting the dire consequences sequestration will impose if new [tax] revenues are not raised, as he proposes, by limiting tax deductions benefiting the wealthy,” writes University of Maryland business economist Peter Morici.

Republicans have wrongly given him $600 billion in new taxes in the hope that would satisfy him, but now he wants even higher tax rates as the price of signing a new budget deal.

House Republicans have proposed giving the Obama administration more flexibility in implementing the budget cuts and where they will fall, but he isn't buying into that.

He prefers playing the hand he has: blaming the GOP for whatever happens next, and remaining an impassive bystander who no longer takes responsibility for the office he holds.


Donald Lambro

Donald Lambro is chief political correspondent for The Washington Times.