Lies and Maximum Pain: Obama's Strategy for Winning the Sequester Debate

By:  Thomas R. Eddlem
03/08/2013
       
Lies and Maximum Pain: Obama's Strategy for Winning the Sequester Debate

President Obama and his administration have revealed their strategy on how to win the sequestration debate: exaggerate and lie about the impact of the cuts, which really only serve to slow the growth of federal spending, and maximize the pain caused by those cuts.

President Obama and his administration have revealed their strategy on how to win the sequestration debate: exaggerate and lie about the impact of the cuts, which really only serve to slow the growth of federal spending, and maximize the pain caused by those cuts.

Among the tactics apparently used by at least part of the Obama administration is to make the public as annoyed with the results of the sequester cuts as possible, if a leaked e-mail message from the Department of Agriculture is to be believed. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service official Charles Brown told his department's employees, in an internal e-mail obtained by the Washington Times, that “We have gone on record with a notification to Congress and whoever else that ‘APHIS would eliminate assistance to producers in 24 states in managing wildlife damage to the aquaculture industry, unless they provide funding to cover the costs.’ So it is our opinion that however you manage that reduction, you need to make sure you are not contradicting what we said the impact would be.”

Certainly the Obama administration has made a number of high-profile decisions to cut popular programs that have annoyed voters, such as cuts to air traffic controllers (creating airport delays) and ending popular White House tours that schools have long planned as field trips. These kind of cuts would fit the profile created by the Agriculture Department e-mail.

The e-mail — dated Monday, March 4 — was perhaps necessary because so many of the dire Obama administration predictions have proven to be wild exaggerations or outright lies. ABC News compiled a list of 57 nearly apocalyptic predictions by the Obama administration and its Democratic allies in Congress, including greater damage from severe storms, locust plagues against farmers' crops, more forest fires, opening up federal prisons and setting criminals free, and even the Federal government leaving the nation's nuclear weapons unprotected. (Many of the claims come from this White House “Factsheet.”)

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