Scare Mongering the Sequester

Twitchy has collected a bit of Democrat scare-mongering regarding the sequester – the best was Rangel’s claim that 2,100 food inspectors would be thrown out of work.  My first question was:  we have more than 2,100 of them?  Rangel wants to know if we want to worry about the food on our table?  My attitude:  meh…properly cooked food is just about zero risk, at all events, and even without the inspectors its not like the food producers will suddenly go, “oh, goody, now we can poison people with food!”.  There is an indisputable fact to place before the American people here:  some how or another, we didn’t all die before food inspectors came along.  Muddling through without the Nanny State, those who provide food for the market managed to divine that their best bet was to provide good, safe food because that meant your customers stayed alive and came back the next day to buy some more.

Now, just why are our Democrats so hyped up about this?  The real reason seems to me that they are fearful that if real cuts are done – and while the sequester is a teeny, tiny little cut which won’t actually reduce our fiscal peril, they are real cuts – then if death and destruction don’t result, the argument for more cuts will become overwhelming.  Democrats are desperately afraid that their license to steal might soon be revoked – that the American people will figure out that about half what we spend is just payoffs to Democrat constituencies.  And so they will keep banging the drum saying that we’re all going to die if the Sequester (Obamaquester – because it was his idea, after all) goes through.

Exit question:  will all this Democrat whining megaphoned by the by-lined Democrats in the MSM cause the GOP to cave?  So far, it doesn’t appear it will – but never underestimate the Congressional GOP’s ability to wilt under pressure…we shall have to see.

UPDATE:  The article has it as a growing alliance between the RINOs and the Democrats.  Me?  Nope; its just the Ruling Class taking the mask off.  It is an us vs them fight – the people vs the powerful, with our biggest problem is that a large number of the people don’t realize how badly they are being screwed.  Yet.  Matters are being clarified and once we start campaigning in the “blue” areas, the lines will be drawn.

12 thoughts on “Scare Mongering the Sequester

  1. bardolf2 February 21, 2013 / 1:31 am

    Is Drudge scaremongering with the hundreds of thousands of pentagon layoffs?

    • GMB February 21, 2013 / 2:27 am

      Of course he is. Any chance you want to post a list of all the leftys who are also playing the game?

      Oh wait, I don’t think you will live long enough to do that.

      vidkun q for rerpub pres in 16!!!!

      • bardolf2 February 21, 2013 / 11:40 am

        I could cut and past the role of democrats in congress the senate and Obama. That would be all the lefty’s playing the game who have a direct influence on the outcome. Wouldn’t take but a minute, but I don’t want to clutter Mark’s blog with information everyone already knows!

        Rand Paul 2016!

      • GMB February 21, 2013 / 12:10 pm

        Rand has got a snowballs chance in hell. Zero to none. Not only is he not a reub “heavy lifter”, he is way to conservative. He shows no history of compromising and no history of “adjusting” his positions to be more progressive.

        Simply put, he is not the best the repubs can do.

        Ion Antonescu 2016!!!

      • bardolf2 February 21, 2013 / 1:31 pm

        If the generals can’t win a war against Obama, they probably shouldn’t be generals!

  2. Cluster February 21, 2013 / 8:19 am

    I was reminded yesterday of this:

    “I will veto any effort to get rid of those automatic spending cuts,” said Obama

    This was said over a year ago, when he had time to play the “debt concerned” President. Now, he is once again playing the “fear mongering, sky is falling” President.

    As Mark noted this was Obama’s idea, the cuts are minuscule and need to happen but if they do, and we all don’t die the next day – the Presidents vaudeville act is up. Keep this in mind – Obama has increased annual spending by approx. $1.3 trillion from just 2008 levels and yet is saying that the world will end of we cut just $85 billion. I don’t remember anyone dying in the streets in 2008.

    • neocon01 February 21, 2013 / 9:05 am

      LAY em off, use the labor to build the fence and drive the 11 million or so back to mehiko.
      PROBLEM SOLVED, and a BONUS of $300. BILLION SAVED on illegals PER YEAR!!


      • neocon01 February 21, 2013 / 9:14 am

        here is one PATHETIC government leach who could be laid off today and NO one would miss the Moron.


        John Kerry Gives First Foreign Policy Speech — on Climate Change?

        Says Congress greater threat to foreign policy than China, Middle East… (same ole TRAITOR!!)

        Complains about lack of funding…( tax cheat does not have enough OPM)

      • neocon01 February 21, 2013 / 9:19 am

        BURNED TOAST!!

        ONE MORE RINO to lay off

        Scott Backs Obama Medicaid Expansion in Florida Reversal
        By Michael C. Bender – Feb 21, 2013 12:01 AM ET

        Florida Governor Rick Scott supports expanding Medicaid in his state under President Barack Obama’s health-care law, at least while the federal government pays for it, a reversal of the Republican’s previous position.

        Scott said yesterday in Tallahassee that he’ll ask state lawmakers to back the expansion. After the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the law in June, Scott said he wouldn’t expand Medicaid, the health-care program for the poor, in Florida. Once Obama won re-election in November, Scott said he was open to it.

      • neocon01 February 21, 2013 / 12:22 pm


        The long-term spending reductions are equally un-cataclysmic, especially when compared to the amount of deficit spending in which this administration has engaged. The entire amount of the spending cuts engendered by sequestration total $1.2 trillion–over ten years. Compare that to the deficits this administration has run over the last four years: in FY2009, the federal deficit was $1.4 trillion; in FY2010 it was $1.293 trillion; FY2011 totaled $1.3 trillion; and in FY2012, federal spending exceeded revenues by $1.089 trillion. That comes to more than $5 trillion of debt accumulated in just four years–on the books.

        Off the book federal obligations, better known as “unfunded liabilities,” are almost incomprehensible. Americans get testy when they think of a federal government more than $16 trillion in debt. Yet America’s actual debt is $86.8 trillion, or 550% of GDP, when one counts all of the revenue the government needs to fund Social Security, Medicare, and federal employees’ future retirement benefits at the current time. In other words, sequestration is akin to subtracting a single grain of sand from a Sahara Desert of debt.

      • neocon01 February 21, 2013 / 12:42 pm

        best quote yet

        “someone who is working towards “fundamentally transforming the United States of America”
        is someone who fundamentally rejects the United States of America?”

        Molon Labe

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