A vote-seeking public relations campaign ahead of a scheduled event reached epic proportions late last week. No, this isn't the Oscars we're referring to. It's sequestration, the sequel to the fiscal cliff.
In a starring role is Barack Obama, whose White House press machine is churning out mountains of messages on how bad things will be if nothing gets done by the March 1 deadline to avoid sequestration. Supporting roles go to members of the administration and Democrats in Congress, who are exploiting sequestration to demand more tax cuts on “the rich.”
Call this movie “The Great Divider,” which is also our nickname for Obama. The movie industry, which gets millions of dollars in tax breaks, gave another nod to the president by making his wife a co-presenter during Sunday's Oscar ceremony. The stars are aligned with Obama, but the rest of us should view with skepticism the adapted screenplay the White House is writing.
U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, isn't buying it. Nor should the public. Obama is mongering fear, presenting a fiction as a documentary, in describing the cuts that will come if federal spending cuts are triggered Friday. Given the political bent of many documentaries favored by the Academy Awards (“An Inconvenient Truth” for example), the mixing of truth and fiction is to be expected from this White House.
Obama stresses the wicked calamities that will come our way if he, the man behind the curtain, doesn't get his way on revenue-raising measures. Coburn describes this as a “made up” crisis that demands a rational response. This will be tough given the media parade about the sequester's effect. On the red carpet are network news reporters repeating the Obama script.
“The cuts are coming! The cuts are coming!” That's the message.
Now the envelope, please, for the truth: This is a created crisis, not a real one. It's time for a treatment that emphasizes fiscal responsibility.