Editor’s Note: This first appeared in BigGovernment.com.
As the Tea Party and its Less Government agenda continue its ascendancy, Leftists and the DC GOP, the establishment, chequed-golf pants Republicans, have gone through serial ideological and numerical contortions.
So as to feign the appearance of getting with the government cutting program – while carrying on with the Huge and Huger Government status quo.
Where we saw the Tea Party, Insurgent-supported plan – which would have seriously cut and capped spending, started the ball rolling on a Balanced Budget Amendment and averted U.S. credit downgrade – be almost summarily dismissed by the DC Establishment so that they could instead force feed us a non-cutting, Super (Stupor) Committee alternative that fails utterly to address our catastrophic deficits and debt.
Wonder why Congress’ poll numbers are so low these days? This is why.
Perhaps the worst faux government cutting offenders of all are to be found in the Barack Obama Administration. Members thereof have been making so many head fakes towards Less Government that many must by now be suffering from whiplash.
(Luckily for them, ObamaCare has not yet gone into effect.)
Leading this disingenuous charge is the Commander in Chief his own self.
President Obama has time and again made speeches, pronouncements and proclamations allegedly professing his acknowledgement of the need to cut. He has written editorials. He has issued executive orders.
He has engaged in all of this fraudulence only after having been dragged kicking and screaming to the concept by those of actual Less Government mindset.
And all the while he, his Party and his fellow ideologues have thoroughly abused those calling for the type of Change in which they aren’t at all interested.
And on, and on, and on, and….
We hope you’re enjoying the New Tone.
As always with Leftists and things they don’t want but We the People do, there are words – and there are deeds.
The Executive Branch panoply of departments, agencies and commissions was during that time frame in overdrive to execute as many power grabs via regulatory fiat as possible.
To briefly discuss but a few….
The Democrat Congress couldn’t pass the energy sector-killing Cap & Trade? No problem, President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) just began to implement it as if it did.
The Democrat Congress couldn’t pass the union-payoff, anti-free choice Employee Free Choice Act? No problem, President Obama’s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) just began to implement it as if it did.
So pardon us if we don’t take too seriously the Administration’s latest pretend Less Government issuance.
White House budget chief Jacob Lew has ordered agency heads to submit spending plans for the upcoming budget at least 5 percent below this year’s levels. He also wants them to propose ways to trim a total of at least 10 percent of their spending.
Wow. 5 whole %. Maybe. With the potentiality of – maybe – 10%. Staggering.
These are “submit(ted) spending plans.” Which means these cuts are just as ethereal and phantasmagorical as those in Years Nine and Ten of the debt ceiling “deal.”
So, clearly, the Obama Administration has finally learned the lesson of the historic 2010 Less Government election. (Read: sarcasm.)
And does this titanic (read: sarcasm) proposed cut request apply to the aforementioned FCC – currently still in the process of their aforementioned takeover of 1/6th of the American economy?
We don’t know. We called the FCC, and left a message asking. We haven’t heard back.
The Commission has to be in the process of exponentially increasing its budget – so as to regulate in so huge a fashion. But they’re being asked to draft a proposal to maybe cut their budget by 5%?
Just as the Department of Health and Human Services – ginning up so as to implement the monstrous ObamaCare – is likewise laughably being asked to propose 5% in pretend cuts.
Just also as the EPA is gearing up to dramatically over-regulate our entire energy sector. And… 5%? Maybe?
And on, and on, and on, and….
Does anyone else see the absurdity in this?
Are these maybe-perhaps-pretend 5% cuts to be executed after said massive budgetary ramp-ups, executed so as to implement all of this Huge Government?
Not unlike Leftists’ proposed reductions in the rate of growth of the federal budget – after they just finished increasing it by an obscene 29% in just the last four years?
What we’re seeing is ginormous increases in the federal Leviathan – subsequently back-door locked-in by 5% cut proposals to the new, gigantic amount.
These tiny proposed cuts will most likely never come to pass. But the huge increases will have already done so.
And thusly does the Less Government seriousness of the Obama Administration and the DC Establishment (read: sarcasm) – and our rocket ride to Huge Government oblivion – continue unabated.