Rich Galen

Speaker Boehner said, after a meeting at the White House lasts week, that the tax increases had been done in December. Now it is time for the spending cuts.

Speaking of spending cuts, Members of Congress were informed that their office budgets would be cut by 8.2 percent because of the sequester. None of that will come out of Members' salaries which are protected by the 27th Amendment to the Constitution:

No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.

There is a major snowstorm due to hit Washington today. As I type this at about 9:45 Tuesday night, there is no indication as to whether government offices will be open or closed on Wednesday.

I Tweeted (@richgalen) Tuesday afternoon:

If the Federal Gov't shuts down in DC for the snow storm tomorrow, can that count as a furlough day for everyone?

As we discussed the other day, Barack Obama is totally focused on winning control of the U.S. House for Democrats in the mid-term election of 2014 so he can...who knows what he wants to do. It appears that Mr. Obama has no interest in trying to find common ground with the GOP in the House and Senate, but will use every tool at his disposal - and there are a lot of them - to try and make the sequester (which his senior staff devised) as painful as possible to as many Americans as possible solely to gain political advantage.

As every parent knows it is a very short path between a child's petulance and his/her going into a total eyes shut, floor kicking, arm waving, screaming, end-of-the-world, time-out-causing melt-down.

We expect better from Obama, but his shutting down the White House to visitors makes us worry that his petulance will give way to acting out in a way that will do serious, perhaps permanent damage, to the Presidency.

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at