Declining national influence is a choice, and America seems to be making it.
Since it’s unrealistic to expect politicians to make meaningful cuts in government spending, we need to get back the $19 trillion in private GDP that politicians today are so happily squandering through myriad government schemes.
They're flailing. That's the impression I get from watching Barack Obama and his White House over the past week.
There's a secret lurking behind all that weeping and wailing over those across-the-board cuts in federal spending now going into effect -- and beginning to filter through the economy:
President Barack Obama has shut the White House to visitors. A notice went out yesterday saying that due to the personnel reductions required by the sequester, there will be no public tours after Friday.
Back in my teaching days, many years ago, one of the things I liked to ask the class to consider was this: Imagine a government agency with only two tasks: (1) building statues of Benedict Arnold and (2) providing life-saving medications to children. If this agency's budget were cut, what would it do?
Is it possible that Obama's arrogance, personal pettiness, sanctimoniousness and egotism (for starters) could finally be his unraveling?
While the President argues for ever more revenue, the fact is Americans are paying record amounts of taxes particularly in the wake of the fiscal cliff deal he muscled through on January 1, 2013.
However you calculate the sequester spending cuts, and however uneven they may be, the reality is that the sequester at least moves the ball in the right direction. I maintain that by reducing the government spending share of GDP, the sequester is pro-growth.
Do we have a president or a perpetual candidate? It's not an entirely unfair question.
“Sequester.” It’s a word that used to come up rarely. And it nearly always referred to a jury being locked away to deliberate a verdict.
Is Barack Obama the Vladimir Lenin of American Presidents? No, Lenin was competent in an evil sort of way. Obama is more like Leonid Brezhnev: an ultra left-wing, belligerent doofus who isn't laughed at by the general population primarily because the mainstream media liberals say nice things about him out of fear that they'll end up in a gulag if they're too harsh.
When one of Washington's most distinguished journalists -- Bob Woodward -- accuses the White House of rewriting history, even liberals should take note. And when the White House responds by threatening him, you would think the story would become a national scandal. What makes the story even more important is that it deals with an issue that has dominated the news in recent weeks: the Draconian budget cuts that will take effect on March 1 unless a last-minute deal is reached in Congress.
I leave the lovers' quarrel between Woodward and the White House to others. The fascinating thing is how many other rats have been willing to gang-up on Obama, suddenly, over sequestration and the rough-and-tumble stuff that Obama regularly practices with the press.
I’m normally not a fan of the media, but every so often you find examples of real journalism. Here are some powerful, well-done stories from local TV stations.
The NASA budget cut is most bothersome since the prime directive was to inspire Islamists worldwide about their role in space exploration.
President Obama's sequester -- he designed it, he demanded it, and it is about to kick in -- will have many consequences, some bad, some very helpful.
Traffic alert: There's a massive clown car pileup in the Beltway. And with the White House court jesters of sequester behind the wheel, no one is safe.
If the sequester happens, will the statists be forced to admit that they were creating false fears in hopes of protecting their spots at the federal trough?