A rite of passage growing up is having a friend take his ball and go home when things are not going his way. When the hometown team trades a favorite athlete, several fans secretly hope the team loses to “teach them a lesson.”
Most of us expect fits of immaturity from children and, unfortunately, know that behavior is prevalent with our nation’s leaders. President Obama held his breath and cancelled white house tours as a means of showing the public that austerity measures mean we cannot have our cake after dinner.
As president, I expect him to fly across the nation to handle the nation’s business but not campaign. He had an opportunity to show leadership and cut his traveling circus to save money so when Mr. Smith goes to Washington he can visit the house he’s funding. However, a petulant child rarely does the right thing.
I spoke with a person at the FBI who told me the furloughs his team must take would jeopardize an operation. It was clear he knew other places for budget cuts that would be less intrusive but that is not how you play the game. This is a game of one-upmanship. It is all fun and games until someone dies.
Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, of Nevada, hit a new high in low in this stupid game. A few hours after an explosion killed seven Marines at a training exercise earlier today Senator Reid pretended to raise the matter to mourn the loss of life but then launched into the effects of the budget cuts brought on by the sequester. That is so silly on so many levels he may need to spend a day in those nice rubber rooms.
Congress, the Senate, and the President make the decisions. All government department heads can choose where to cut. They do not have to cut critical programs, people, or lifelines. They choose to because they want to gain political points.
The most aggravating thing about watching these so-called leaders is their apparent belief they are being sincere and people believe their hubris. They hold the purse strings but we hold their ability to keep their jobs. They all need to go. That will teach them a lesson!