Update II: As we wrote “The only way to beat a thug is to fight a thug.” Bob Woodward is finding out what the Chicago thug way is. Bob Woodward: The White House told me I’d regret challenging them.
Woodward discovers Nixon was a liberal pussycat compared to the totalitarian thugs in the White House now. [We never thought we would never ever have a kind word to say about Nixon. We’re sure Woodward feels the same way as we do.]
Update: The only way to beat a thug is to fight a thug. But the Republicans are cowards always looking for a way out of a fight. The latest brain-dead stupidity? Inhofe, Toomey: Hey, why don’t we give Obama some flexibility on sequestration?
Yeah, that’s the ticket. Fight Obama’s abuse of power by… giving him some more power. Brilliant! Just think of the frying pan into fire possibilities. Republican governors will find the cuts hit their states while Obama Dimocrats will keep all the funding. Spending in swing districts will be politically determined with an eye towards 2014. Republican congressional districts will get cuts while Obama Dimocrat districts get funding.
Hey stupids – it won’t be fraud, waste, and abuse that gets cut. Obama has already released illegal aliens from detention centers claiming the sequester made him do it.
National security is something real presidents care about. Not Barack Obama. “The Defense Department said in early February that it would not deploy the U.S.S. Harry Truman to the Persian Gulf, citing budget concerns relating to the looming cuts known as the sequester.” Bob Woodward calls it “Madness That I Haven’t Seen In A Long Time”. It’s not madness, it’s political corruption. And you want to give this guy more power to use tax dollars to beat you over the head? Just how stupid are you? Seriously. How stupid are you?
Republican “leaders” would profit by asking themselves this question and coming up with a logical, non-emotional, answer: Why did Barack Obama wait 16 months, until 2013, to begin a fight against the sequester he himself proposed and swore to defend by veto against congressional Republicans?
To answer this question you must understand the mind of a flim-flam con man. A flim-flam con man always has two trains running and at the calculated flim-flam time he (or she) jumps from one train unto the train going to his real destination. Thus it is with Barack Obama the flim-flam con man.
It’s not about the sequester ladies and gentlemen. Barack Obama is running around the country talking about the catastrophe to come if the sequestration of funds occurs this Thursday at midnight – the end of February. But Barack Obama’s real purpose is to target low information voters and say that his warnings about sequestration were correct when the economy goes into recession again. Obama will say “see I told you so, Republicans are to blame for this latest recession just like George W. Bush was to blame for the last recession.”
Why did Obama wait 16 months, until 2013, to begin his Henny-Penny “sky is falling” campaign? What is motivating Barack Obama? The negative economic report of the last quarter of 2012 is what drives the Obama strategy of political self-preservation. Barack Obama is politically preparing for the next recession by setting up the bowling pins called Boehner and McConnell.
In our previous article we pointed out that when Obama Dimocrats shout “RACISM!” low information voters think Obama Dimocrats fight against racism and are therefore a bulwark against racism. The GOP lack of shouting “RACISM!” informs low information voters that Republicans/conservatives don’t care about racism. The same strategy aimed at low information voters will be used to pass the buck and blame Republicans/conservatives for the Obama recession to come.
The Republican/conservative strategy should be to pin the blame on Obama for the bad Obama economy. The Republican/conservative message should be that Obama is wrecking the American economy with higher taxes which strangle growth. The Republican/conservative message should be that instead of growing the economy by approving the Keystone Pipeline and other measures to bring down gas prices in the future Obama goes on vacation after vacation and campaign event after campaign event spouting lies upon lies.
Once the sequester takes effect this Friday the Republican strategy should be to point out that instead of the ‘maximum pain to the public’ cuts implemented by Barack Obama (as Charles Krauthammer has correctly analyzed) Obama should have painlessly cut elsewhere (and Republicans should provide explicit examples of budget items that can easily and painlessly be cut). But the important portion of the message is ‘Obama is destroying the economy because he either does not know what he is doing or what he does is wrong on many levels and that is why the economy is in trouble.’
By blaming Obama’s incompetence or purposeful sabotage of the economy Republicans/conservatives will be prepping the battlefield for when the economy goes back into recession and Obama tries to spring his trap.
Instead of the above, Republicans/conservatives are fixated on the sequester and who did what to whom and what does the sequester really do and other assorted nonsense. The current Republican/conservative strategy does not make sense.
Even attentive voters don’t really know what the sequester is or the history behind it or who is to blame for the silly policy. Low information voters know even less about the sequester. All low information voters have likely heard is Obama saying that the sequester is bad and that it is Republican policy.
As we have stated, Barack Obama has not really cared about the sequester he knew was scheduled for the end of February. Obama did not bother to call House Speaker Boehner or Senate Minority Leader McConnell until last Thursday. What caused the change from ignoring the sequester to campaigning against the sequester? The answer is that one horrible report from the end of last year that reached Obama’s large ears – that got his attention.
Why did Obama get so worried after that negative economic trajectory report in the last quarter of 2012? You’d be worried too if the economy went into negative territory during the Christmas holiday shopping season when the economy should soar with ease. But even this reason is too generous to Barack Obama. This reason presupposes that an American president cares about the economy. Barack Obama only cares about himself and that is what has him worried.
Barack Obama is worried about that fourth quarter report because it threatens him. Obama apologist Ronald Brownstein explains:
“What Unites Obama’s Coalition — and What Could Divide It [snip]
Most worrisome for Obama was the poll’s finding that just 40 percent of adults approved of his handling of the economy, while 56 percent disapproved. Strikingly that discontent extended beyond groups like noncollege whites, always dubious of him, into constituencies at the heart of his coalition. While about two-thirds of African-Americans gave him positive marks for his economic performance, they were joined by only 52 percent of Hispanics, 44 percent of college-educated white women—and, most notably, just 40 percent of all adults ages 18 to 29 and only 31 percent of younger whites. Indeed, Obama’s economic approval rating among all whites stood at a microscopic 31 percent.
Those numbers underscore the concern of a senior White House adviser, who argued in a recent interview that while issues like climate, gun control, and immigration reform are all providing Obama opportunities to connect his coalition with the Democratic Party in a way that could outlast him, the success of that project will also pivot on his ability to deliver better economic results for average families.
“As we think about issues like immigration, climate and guns, we realize the president was reelected because people trusted his approach on the economy,” the adviser said. “He made it somewhat better, but the job was not done. If we do not focus on completing the middle-class project that he started … then nothing else we do matters.”
Obama has to keep his Hopium Guzzlers together and he can do what with regular injections of the drug. But the low information voters he bamboozled into voting for him with a fear/smear campaign against a complacent Mitt Romney have to be propagandized for the Obama recession to come. That’s why Obama began his campaign against the sequester after the 4th quarter economic report was published in January.
The danger for Obama, even as Republicans stay focused on the sequester not the larger strategic battlefield of Obama’s failures on the economy, is that Americans understand the science of diets (which this funny cartoon illustrates so well).
For all the attention it is getting the sequester is not the game (which is why E.J. Dionne’s advice to accept the sequester and “move on” is smart if it was about the sequester). Jonathan Karl at ABC: Devastating sequester cuts? Give me a break! Ladies and gentlemen, this fight is not about the sequester.
Republicans/conservatives who stay focused on the sequester are helping Barack Obama. The real fight is Barack Obama’s failure of leadership on the economy and the real possibility of an Obama recession to come. Barack Obama does not want Americans to know this. Do Republicans?