For example, the Agriculture Department has one of the largest staffs of economists in the world. Surely, safe food is more important than yet another dull research paper. Military bands could stand down to maintain Marine guards at embassies.
Repeatedly, the President has exclaimed that if Congressional Republicans don't cooperate, spending cuts now could derail the hard-won recovery. It puzzles why he believes $85 billion in spending cuts could make such a difference, when avoiding those cuts through higher taxes would not.
Whether a second recession occurs is already baked in the cake. Obama's $150 billion in January tax increases, and rate hikes imposed by Democratic governors from Maryland to California, have forced consumers to trim purchases.
Retailers and wholesalers are reporting weaker traffic and are trimming inventories, and corporate leaders have announced plans to cut new investments and hiring owing to weak demand and more burdensome health care costs and regulations.
When Americans can't get hamburger at the supermarket and unemployment rises this spring, the President will blame Republicans for permitting sequestration, but it is the American people that bear the burden of his inflexibility, disregard for the facts and neglect in undertaking the responsibilities of his office.
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