If a recently leaked email from one of the Agriculture Department’s officers out in the field is to be believed then our benevolent “I am not a dictator, I am the president,” is a liar, a schemer and is leading an economic agenda that should frighten even the likes of Chris Matthews over at MSNBC (aka, The Obama Network).
Charles Brown is the director of the federal government’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service located in Raleigh, North Carolina. He sent an email inquiry to his bosses in Washington D.C. requesting just how much latitude his field inspectors would have concerning the sequestration cuts. His request seems harmless enough considering the president had publicly stated the $85 billion in required cuts would hurt all Americans. Mr. Brown simply wanted to know how much wiggle room his department had as it related to the jobs being done by his inspection agents. It’s not his request that has created this big question mark concerning the true intentions of the White House about sequestration and its motivation but the response Brown got back from his Agriculture Department’s budget office. They returned his email with “However you manage that reduction, you need to make sure you are not contradicting what we said the impact would be.”
The republicans have latched onto that response from the budget office as an indicator that Mr. Obama and his administration are once again secretly playing games with the economy by portraying these sequestration cuts to be a lot more painful to the American public than they actually are and laying the burden of that pain squarely on the shoulders of his republican opponents in the House of Representatives and Senate. A statement released by republican Representative Tim Griffin mirrors that sentiment. “This email confirms what many Americans have suspected,” stated Griffin. “The Obama administration is doing everything they can to make sure their worst predictions come true and to maximize the pain of the sequester cuts for political gain.”
Do the feelings of Griffin and many others have any traction? If one was to keep this idea in context then something recently said by one of the White House’s own economic advisors would seem to suggest that this is exactly what Mr. Obama is doing. On rounds to the Sunday talk shows White House advisor Gene Sperling remarked openly, “Our hope is, as more republicans start to see this pain in their own districts, they will choose bipartisan compromise over this absolutist position.” It would seem that Mr. Sperling has inadvertently confirmed those suspicions of Mr. Obama’s low dealing.
Just how serious is this whole sequestration thing any way? Should the average American taxpayer be concerned over their economic future because of these budget cuts, cuts that are only a reality because this president requested them of the Congress to try and corner his opponents into accepting his economic agenda that was abhorrent to them in the first place?
Now that he has gotten what he wanted Mr. Obama is trying to lay all the blame for them at the feet of his opponents, putting pressure on their constituency to return that pressure on their elected official by misrepresenting the truth of the impact these cuts will have on the individual lives of each voter. I’ve heard and seen some pretty lowdown and dirty politicking over the last six decades but this president and his administration have proven themselves to be the most heinous of the lot. They are willing to vehemently lie and fabricate a false-truth by instilling the worst kind of fear in the American public. They are laying at the feet of the republicans who oppose him the idea that babies and the elderly will suffer because of these cuts. Adults and children will become ill or even die because the government will be unable to properly inspect the meat and other foodstuffs produced in and shipped into this nation. What’s next - frighten the children by telling them their puppies and kitties will suffer and die because their kibble isn’t kosher? And all this because Mr. Obama wants to hurt those politically who don’t agree with him. Can you get any lower with Chicago-style politics? Evidently this president can.