Like a breathless 13 year old girl at a One Direction concert, President Obama raced around the nation over the last week attempting to frighten Americans into opposing the modest cuts to the federal budget due through the sequester process on March 1. Never mind that the sequester was President Obama's idea. Never mind that these cuts amount to just 2 cents on every dollar of the federal budget. And, never mind that his Administration has made history, in a bad way, by running four straight trillion dollar plus deficits.
No, there was the President standing in front of "first responders" intimating that the upcoming sequester budget cuts would lead to rampant lawlessness in the streets and uncontrolled fires in every neighborhood. Then, the President's spinmeisters had the TSA declare that the sequester cuts would mean a doubling of the wait time at airport security lines. Next, Navy brass were brought out before the cameras to assert that those horrendous sequester cuts would mean that our carrier groups would have to stay in port because we would be unable to afford the cost of fuel and food to send them to the Persian Gulf. No doubt, in coming days we will be darkly warned that food inspectors will be off the job meaning all sorts of nasty items in our hamburger meat.
Let's hope the American people are finally immune to liberals using these threats and fears to stop even modest cuts from occurring to a dysfunctional federal government that spends too much and accomplishes too little.
Polls, such as Gallup, show that the American people know the government spends too much. They know the federal government is inefficient and wasteful. But, we must continue stressing a crucial fact that many of our fellow Americans have not yet considered: government overspending and the debt that piles up as a result is directly responsible for the lack of job creation and the stagnation of wages for millions of our citizens. Government overspending, and the inevitable regulations and red tape that come with it, choke off free enterprise, crowd out private sector job creation, and limit the ability of small businesses to create new products and services along with the resulting higher salaries and new jobs. This is the reason our current economic "recovery" is the slowest since the Great Depression. There's a reason our economy is growing at less than half the rate of other real economic recoveries in the 1980s and 1990s. That reason: government overspending.
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