President Obama described the various harmful effects of the sequester in his speech in Newport News, Va., today, and then described the cuts as “wrong,” “not smart,” and a “self-inflicted wound.” That’s funny, because isn’t he the one who originally proposed the sequester? So doesn’t that make these injuries his fault?
The president also claimed that “there’s no smart way” to cut $85 billion in seven months, even if Congress gave his administration the flexibility to reassign the cuts to different areas of government as it sees fit. He then framed the decisions as being between “clos[ing] funding for the disabled kid or the poor kid . . . this shipyard or some other one,” and other difficult choices.