Mismanaging the sequester is Obama's intent
President Obama is proceeding unapologetically in making the sequester cuts appear as bad as possible. The president and the Democrats are heavily invested in the idea that sequestration is apocalyptic and no part of America will escape the pain. To prove his point, he will need as much made-for-TV-suffering as possible. Appointees in the administration are on notice: The president says these cuts are harmful, and the harm done needs to be dramatic and well-publicized. No Cabinet officer or other Democratic official anywhere better be caught managing the budget cuts in such a way that minimizes the harm to taxpayers.
In a perverse twist, the Obama administration is in a position where it wins only if things are really bad and there is a lot of suffering. We could be about to witness Washington’s most vivid display of mismanagement and non-management ever — and that is saying something.
In today’s Post, Zachary A. Goldfarb and Paul Kane matter-of-factly report on Obama’s campaign to spread the news of the sequester to every state, thereby repeating his instructions, lest any Democrat in office missed the point. Obama needs pain and trauma felt in every corner of the country; the more the better.
...Bad faith is typical of this President when it comes to reducing government spending. Rogers demonstrate's Obama's intent. It should be added that Obama is really screwed if it does not work, because he will be stuck fighting future cuts.