Sequester Politics

This sequester has been a textbook case of how to make political hay out of nothing. As many people have explained over the past weeks, the so-called cuts were only reductions in the already planned spending increases for this year—a little over 2%, to be precise. In other words, we are still spending more now than we were a year ago, just not as much as we expected to be spending. What a sacrifice!

So what’s the political hay I mentioned? The Obama administration, in a clever attempt to place blame on Republicans who refused to bow to his tax-raising wishes, has made sure the “cuts” have created the greatest amount of inconvenience for the average American. It started with the cancellation of White House tours and other annoyances, and has now graduated to furloughs for air traffic controllers, thereby causing delays for passengers. With all the waste in government, there is no need to cut back on those who ensure safety in the skies, but that’s the new Obama tactic.

One cartoonist apparently recalled an old Twilight Zone episode in which a gremlin on the wings of a plane is creating havoc and endangering everyone. He thought it was an appropriate analogy to the current tactic:

And if you think this is bad, just wait:

We have so much to look forward to.