It’s all in a day’s misery for the permanent campaign known as the Obama administration, which never lets a crisis go to waste, even if it has to manufacture one. But what else should we have expected from a president who would rather give a speech than meet with congressional leaders, throw a party than get down to governing and go golfing instead of forcing his allies in the US Senate to actually pass a budget.
Indeed, that Obama should turn his fondness for “punishment” into an instrument of national policy is no surprise. He’s the guy, after all, who told Latino voters in 2010 to “punish your enemies” at the ballot box.
And it’s not as if we weren’t warned. In the runup to the sequester, which cuts a whopping 2 percent of this year’s projected federal spending, Obama and other administration officials threatened apocalyptic consequences should this “fiscal Doomsday Machine” (created at Obama’s behest!) actually happen.
Such harum-scarum tactics were ridiculous, duly mocked by Saturday Night Live over the weekend. A grand total of zero programs will be actually be eliminated. Yet the administration seems determined to inflict as much inconvenience on the public as possible, to give the illusion of chaos along the banks of the Potomac.