“Buy this magazine or the dog gets it!” screamed the National Lampoon magazine cover for January 1973, showing a gun to a dog’s head. Today, President Barack Obama is nakedly threatening to harm the country and the American people if he has to slow spending. Democrats have a gun to the heads of American families. They are threatening to pull the trigger if they have to give up their spending addiction.
While these tactics are old, they are not normally acted out so poorly. What’s new is that Obama is being so obvious that everyone is noticing. The Democrats are bungling what has in the past been a sophisticated and subtle tactic of manipulation.
Marie Antoinette would blush. Uncle Sam insists he will burn your house down if he doesn’t get a fifth sticky bun with his champagne brunch. Uncle Sam lives in luxury while most taxpayers are eating toast with their toast. How does it feel watching your Uncle Sam hoard all the sticky buns around the family table?
The federal government spent $2.9 trillion in 2008, but $3.7 trillion in 2012. Every year, we’re spending $800 billion more under Obama. The sequester would walk that back to $700 billion per year above 2008 spending. So Washington, D.C., is screaming while spending an extra $700 billion bonus.
The Pentagon says it can’t afford to fuel up an aircraft carrier. If you believe that, you are in danger of voting Democrat. Hundreds of criminals are now roaming the streets, threatening our families. Illegal aliens waiting to be deported were released instead of being returned home. Now, remember: The Obama administration has chosen to detain only illegal aliens who have been convicted of independent crimes. That’s Obama’s policy. So those locked up are the worst of the worst. Yet the White House says no one knows who made the decision. If you believe that …
Obama appears with firemen and police – who are paid for by state and county governments – and claims the federal sequester will put your family at risk. There are 130,000 more federal employees today than when Obama took office, according to Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly. Obama warns that federal employees may be furloughed. But that could be because Obama added 130,000 new federal workers since 2008.
What was happening in 2008? Were planes flying? Were there three-hour waits at airports? Were teachers at work in schools? Were firemen putting out fires? From 2004 to 2008, spending had already soared so explosively that conservatives rebelled against Republican insiders, rallied behind Sarah Palin, then formed the tea party in 2009. The $2.7 trillion spent in 2008 was already outrageously high. Now we’re at $3.7 trillion.
But addicts can grow violent when their addiction is threatened. For politicians, spending is an addiction. Tell a heroin addict that you are cutting him off. Panic, hysteria and even violence may result. Talk of cancelling planned increases in spending is giving Washington junkies the shakes. The clumsy response to 2 percent canceled increases signals an addiction.